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Slow-Cooked Beef

Crushed gingersnaps, lemon and vinegar give the marinated slow-cooked beef and gravy their appetizing sweet-sour flavor. —Susan Garoutte, Georgetown, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + marinating Cook: 6 hours 10 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups water, divided
  • 1-1/4 cups cider vinegar, divided
  • 2 large onions, sliced, divided
  • 1 medium lemon, sliced
  • 15 whole cloves, divided
  • 6 bay leaves, divided
  • 6 whole peppercorns
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 beef sirloin tip roast (3 pounds), cut in half
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 12 gingersnap cookies, crumbled


  • In a large shallow dish, combine 1 cup water, 1 cup vinegar, half of the onions, lemon, 10 cloves, four bay leaves, peppercorns, sugar and salt; mix well. Add roast. Turn to coat; cover and refrigerate overnight, turning occasionally.
  • Drain and discard marinade. Place roast in a 5-qt. slow cooker; add pepper and remaining water, vinegar, onions, cloves and bay leaves. Cover and cook on low until meat is tender, 6-8 hours.
  • Remove roast and keep warm. Discard bay leaves. Stir in gingersnaps. Cover and cook on high for 10-15 minutes or until gravy is thickened. Slice roast; serve with gravy.
Nutrition Facts
3 ounce-weight: 214 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 495mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 26g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1/2 starch.

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  • Angelrider65
    Feb 24, 2012

    This recipe is great. I didnt do anything different and I"ve made it twice , its turned out really good and my family who loves old world food raved about it..Mine doesnt turn out nicely sliced looking like the photo but it tastes great..

  • lurky27
    Dec 22, 2010

    This is very yummy! And very convenient in the slow cooker. Just our observation...even though it says it serves 12 people, I would say it serves more like 6.~ Theresa