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Old-World Sauerbraten

Meet the Cook: The secret to this sauerbraten is that it doesn't require marinating. I've been making it for 20 years now. It's an excellent family dinner, and you can also serve it to company along with potato pancakes, red cabbage and applesauce. My husband and I have three grown sons and a grandson. Cooking's my favorite hobby, but I'm an avid flea-market and antique shopper, too. -Phyllis Berenson, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 3 hours
  • Makes
    14-16 servings


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 beef rump roast or bottom round roast (5 to 6 pounds)
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons ketchup
  • 12 gingersnap cookies, crumbled


  • In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high. Brown beef on all sides. Add all remaining ingredients except gingersnaps; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until beef is tender, about 3 hour.
  • During the last 30 minutes, stir in gingersnaps. Remove meat; discard bay leaves and cloves. While slicing meat, bring gravy to a boil to reduce and thicken.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 229 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 85mg cholesterol, 420mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 29g protein.

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  • BobbysChicagoBAbe
    Jan 26, 2020

    The gravy was awesome. Apparently had a tough cut of meat, because that wasn't as great. Will try again with a different cut.

  • aug2295
    Oct 2, 2016

    Great flavor and nice texture on the meat.

  • dancingfool
    Nov 4, 2014

    Delicious and easy!!

  • janeenj
    Jan 28, 2014

    Easy & just as delicious as the recipes requiring marinating for 3 days. I marinated mine overnight for extra flavor. Without marinating, most of the sauerbraten flavor is in the gravy rather than in the meat. I didn't make a spice sachet; rather, I strained the cooking liquid then thickened. Easy & delicious.

  • Wanda34
    Oct 29, 2012

    This sauerbraten is so delicious:P My family request this recipe often. This is great for Octoberfest with all the Germans sides:P

  • sgaris
    Feb 17, 2010

    This was the best tasting and most tender roast we have ever had! Wonderful!!

  • lurky27
    Nov 6, 2008

    This sauerbraten was heaven for our taste buds! Great in the fall, too.

  • dorruss
    Oct 11, 2007

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