Prep Time
Cook Time
2d 4h
Ready In

"A classic German dish. THIS TAKES TWO DAYS. Don't skip the gingersnaps, they make the recipe! I use the Nabisco gingersnaps that come in a box (the hard kind)."

Original recipe yields 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (615.5 g)
  • Calories 636.6
  • Total Fat - 24.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 6.4 g
  • Cholesterol - 207.5 mg
  • Sodium - 937.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 26.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.3 g
  • Sugars - 13.9 g
  • Protein - 77.8 g
  • Calcium - 111.7 mg
  • Iron - 7.5 mg
  • Vitamin C - 21.8 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.4 mg

Step 1

Combine first 8 ingredients in large saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

Step 2

Place beef in bowl slightly larger than beef. Pour cooled marinade over. Cover and chill in refrigerator 2 days, turning beef twice daily.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 350F.

Step 4

Remove beef from marinade and place in roasting pan; reserve marinade.

Step 5

Roast beef until tender, about 2 hours. Transfer beef to carving board; tent with foil to keep warm.

Step 6

Pour any accumulated juices from roasting pan into marinade. Strain marinade into roasting pan.

Step 7

Mix oil and flour in heavy large skillet. Stir over medium heat until dark brown, about 10 minutes.

Step 8

Gradually mix in 2 cups marinade, (discard any remaining marinade) and broth. Boil until thick, stirring often, about 10 minutes.

Step 9

Mix in sugar and cookie crumbs. Pour into roasting pan and place over medium-high heat. Bring to boil, scraping up any browned bits. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 10

Slice beef and arrange in a large baking dish.

Step 11

Pour sauce over beef. Serve.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



We loved the flavors...the gravy was so tasty...I followed the recipe as posted...although the meat didn't get tender like my other sauerbratens did...I'm not sure if it was because the meat didn't simmer/cook as long as it should have...but it did have the traditional sauerbraten flavors...made for "Only the Lonely"" tag game...

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(11 May 2021)