Best Ever Sauerbraten

"This is the recipe that we made at home when I was growing up. My Dad loved it so much that we would make a double recipe and freeze half for another meal...we always ate this with pickled sweet and sour red cabbage and home made potato dumplings. We also added extra gingersnaps to the gravy cuz we like it on the sweeter side...keep tasting to your preference! The recipe is from an old cookbook called something like "how to please your husband." Don't hold that against the recipe though - it is sure to please everyone!"
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Ready In:
3hrs 30mins




  • Combine salt and ginger; rub over roast. Place in a deep glass bowl. In a saucepan, combine water, vinegar, onions, sugar, pickling spices, peppercorns, cloves and bay leaves; bring to a boil. Pour over roast; turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate 2 days, turning twice a day.
  • Remove roast, reserving marinade; pat roast dry. In a large kettle or dutch oven, brown roast on all sides in oil. Strain marinade, reserving half of the onions and seasonings. Pour 1 cup of marinade and reserved onions and seasonings over roast (cover and refrigerate remaining marinade). Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 3 hours or until meat is tender.
  • Strain cooking liquid, discarding the onions and seasonings. Measure liquid; if necessary, add enough reserved marinade to equal 3 cups. Pour into a saucepan; bring to a rolling boil. Add gingersnaps; simmer until gravy is thickened. Slice roast and serve with gravy (12-14 servings).

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  1. Fantastic!! Served with Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage and Spatzle. Easy, delicious and economical!!!!
  2. I'm not going to rate this recipe because I think I must have messed it up. The meat was very vinegary - almost bitter. I was soooo disappointed because there is a lot of planning and involvement in this meal. My husband almost made me cry he said it was awful and tasted like pickled meat. After planning this for three days and spending a lot of time tonight in the kitchen making this, Bavarian red cabbage (that I managed to burn) and roasted red potatoes, I am still close to tears because I threw it all away. This may have something to do with being 38 weeks pregnant and hormonal and extremely forgetful :)



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