"THE WHOLE FAMILY helped prepared this sauerbraten. We children had fun mixing the spices and pounding them on the hearth, then Dad mixed them with salt and rubbed them into the meat. The tantalizing aromas escalated as the sauerbraten cooked.
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- 1 tablespoon whole peppercorns
- 1 tablespoon whole allspice
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 beef rump roast (4 to 5 pounds)
- 4 bacon strips, diced
- 1 cup vinegar
- 1 cup water
- 12 whole peppercorns
- 12 whole allspice
- 1 large onion, sliced
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 jar (12 ounces) plum preserves
- 2 gingersnaps, crushed
- 1 cup beef broth or port wine
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- Place the tablespoons of peppercorns and allspice in a cloth bag; pound to a powder with a hammer. Mix in salt; rub over roast. Set aside. In a large Dutch oven, cook bacon for 3-4 minutes or until fat begins to cook out. Push bacon to edge of pan. Add roast; brown on all sides. Add vinegar, water, whole peppercorns and allspice, onion and bay leaves; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 2 hours. Stir in preserves and gingersnaps; cook 1 hour longer or until meat is tender. Chill roast overnight in cooking liquid. The next day, skim off fat. Heat roast slowly in cooking liquid until heated through, about 1 hour. Remove roast and keep warm. Strain cooking liquid; return 3-1/2 cups to pan. Combine broth or wine and flour; stir into cooking liquid. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly; cook and stir 1 minute more. Slice roast and serve with gravy. Yield: 12-14 servings.
Originally published as Sauerbraten in Reminisce January/February 1994, p47
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Reviewed Oct. 20, 2011
"Great method to cut marinating fridge time. I liked this a lot!"