Traditional German Sauerbraten Recipe With Grass Fed Beef
This traditional German sauerbraten is just the thing to make for a cozy night at home with loved ones. One of the national dishes of Germany, sauerbraten traditionally consists of meat that has been marinated for three to five days (or sometimes as long as ten!) for optimal tenderness. Cuts of meat like chuck roast or rump roast are often used that will become meltingly tender from the long marinating time.
These cuts contain a lot of connective tissue that the marinade will effectively break down. The meat soaks up all the flavors of red wine, peppercorns, cloves, bay leaves and onion. These directions are for a stove top preparation, but this is also a great dish to prepare in a slow cooker or Instant Pot. I chose to make this dish with a beef chuck roast, but one of our bison roasts would be equally delicious.
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- 1 beef chuck roast (you could also use bison)
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 1 cup red wine vinegar
- 1 cup red wine
- 5 bay leaves
- 2 onions, sliced thin
- 1 teaspoon peppercorns
- 4 whole cloves
- 2-3 tablespoons bison tallow
- 2 carrots, sliced thin
- 1 rib celery, sliced thin
- 1 cup bison or beef bone broth
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 cup grass fed sour cream
- Season the beef chuck roast generously with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Make sure it’s a nice, abundant coating - don’t be afraid to overseason.
- Place the meat in a large glass bowl (or ceramic - just don’t use a metal or plastic one). Add in the red wine vinegar, red wine, bay leaves, peppercorns, cloves and one of the onions. Add just enough water that the marinade covers the meat completely.
- Cover the bowl securely with plastic wrap. Let the meat marinate in the refrigerator for 3-5 days (for optimal flavor - but you can shorten the marinating time and still get a delicious sauerbraten). Turn the meat over once or twice per day so that it absorbs the marinade evenly.
- Once marinated for the desired amount of time, drain the meat.
- Heat the 2-3 tablespoons of bison tallow in a large Dutch oven. When the tallow is hot, sear the roast well on all sides.
- Add the remaining onion along with the sliced carrots and celery to the Dutch oven. Let the vegetables cook until they’re lightly golden brown.
- Add the cup of bone broth (or water, if you don’t have broth on hand) to the Dutch oven. Reduce the heat to low and cook, covered, for three hours.
- Remove the meat from the pot and set aside. In a small dish, mix the cornstarch with a little bit of water. Add the mixture into the simmering liquid slowly, stopping when it has reached desired thickness for gravy.
- Remove the Dutch oven from the heat and let cool for 5 minutes. Stir in the sour cream.
- Season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- Serve the meat with the gravy spooned over top.