Crock Pot Sauerbraten

Total Time
7hrs 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 7 hrs

Looking for something to serve for Oktoberfest? NOTE: Plan ahead because this needs to marinate for 3 days. This is surprisingly easy to make. Assembling the marinade takes very little time and the actual cooking is done in a crock pot, leaving you free to enjoy your day however you wish. The important thing is not to skimp on the marinating time.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine the first 8 ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Cool.
  2. Place beef in a glass 9 x 13" baking dish. Pour cooled marinade over beef. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in refrigerator for 3 days, turning twice daily.
  3. Remove meat and place in a 7-8 quart slow cooker. Strain marinade and pour over beef. Cook on low for 6-7 hours, or until beef starts to fall apart on the edges.
  4. Remove beef to a platter and slice 1/4" thick. Set aside.
  5. Strain liquid and return to crock pot, turn to high. Add the brown sugar and gingersnaps, stirring until dissolved. Mix the flour into the 1/4 cup water. Stir into the liquid and heat and stir for 5 minutes. Return the beef to the gravy. Cover and cook on high for 30 minutes more or until the gravy is thickened. Serve with hot noodles or Spaetzle.
Most Helpful

I just prepared this for an Octoberfest party a a cusine group . It was amazingly simple and quite good BUT I had to make a few adjustment to the gravy. The original receipe left the gravy quite sour. I changre the # of gingersnapsfrom 12 to 20 and the sugar to 1/3c vs. 1/4. The result was NOT SWEET but less sour with enough sweetness that the 17 women at the part asked for the recipe!

5 5

Excellent , Simple to make, old world flavors. Serve with noodles or Potatoe Dumplings and Braised Red Cabbage for an authentic German Dinner. Chazzzz

3 5

Very good interesting international dish with quite different tastes than the usual standard American cooking! The flavors were intense and delicious. Served with hot butter noodles. I gave it three stars since the children wouldn't eat it (didn't like the smell or taste) and the leftovers have been ignored, even for a nice sandwich! Definitely a four star grown-up meal, but a three star family meal.