How to make it

  • In a saucepot combine the vinegar, sugar, spice, bay leaves, onions and carrots and bring to a rolling boil.
  • Pour immediately over the roast which as been placed in a crock or glass bowl ( non metal ) .
  • Let cool to room temperature.
  • The old way is to marinate the meat in the crock but I transfer the meat and marinade into a heavy duty ziplock plastic bag.
  • I then place the bag into a bowl or crock again for convenience of turning the bag.
  • Place marinating meat in a cold area ( such as a root cellar, cold basement etc. ) in your home.
  • Let marinade about 3 to 5 days.-( the longer- better flavor) , turning meat in the bag at least twice a day-.
  • The meat won't spoil in the pickled mixture but if you feel uncomfortable you can place the meat in the refrigerator.
  • When ready to cook, remove roast from marinade and salt and pepper the meat.
  • Place meat in roasting pan and pour over marinade.
  • Seal pan tightly with heavy duty aluminum foil.
  • Roast at 325F 3 to 4 hours ( baste meat with liquid every hour ) until meat is fork tender.
  • Remove meat to a platter.
  • Strain liquid from the roasting pan into a sauce pan, reserving the carrots for garnish.
  • Thicken liquid with some flour or pulverized gingersnaps and stir to make desired thickened gravy.
  • Serve this sauce over slices of meat, garnished with some of the carrots.
  • Accompany sauerbraten with items such as red cabbage, potato pancakes, potato dumplings or wide egg noodles.
  • Sauerbraten reheats well and I prefer to serve it the following day since the meat slices best when cold and reheated.
  • I hope you enjoy this simple but delicious family recipe of mine.

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  • mrgresch 11 years ago
    This is how I remember the dish! The gingersnaps make all the difference.
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    " It was excellent "
    redkitchen ate it and said...
    mm mmmm! Thanks! I LOVE all things German.
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    " It was excellent "
    herby ate it and said...
    I never knew how it was made, all i know how good it tastes !
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    " It was excellent "
    raelene1951 ate it and said...
    My German step father would have loved this!
    I'll give it a try soon. Thank you for the post.
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