Easy Crock-Pot Sauerbraten Recipe

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Easy Crock-Pot Sauerbraten is a tasty meal that brings a little bit of Germany to your table.  A simple marinade, the day (or two) before you plan on cooking it infuses the roast with a deep spicy flavor that is rich and succulent.  Vinegar provides a bit of tang, while cloves, lemon, and bay provide a taste unlike your every day roast.

This is an amazing dish for company too.  Pair it with hot German potato salad, your favorite vegetable and a loaf of hearty bread for the perfect meal.

Easy Crock-Pot Sauerbraten Recipe

Easy Crock-Pot Sauerbraten Recipe


  • Marinade:
  • 1 C water
  • 1 C apple cider vinegar
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 10 cloves
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 10 peppercorns
  • 2 T sugar
  • 2 t salt
  • 1 3 lb beef roast, sirloin tip or eye of round
  • For Crock-Pot:
  • 1/4 t ground black pepper
  • 1/2 C water
  • 1/4 C apple cider vinegar
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 5 cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 12 gingersnaps, crumbled


  1. Place all the ingredients for the marinade in a large plastic zipper bag or bowl. Add roast, seal and turn. Refrigerate at least 10 hours.
  2. Remove the roast from the marinade and place in the Crock-Pot.
  3. Add pepper, water, vinegar, onion, cloves, and bay leaves. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  4. Remove the roast to a plate and keep warm. Remove the bay leaves. Turn the Crock-Pot to high and add the crumbled gingersnaps. Stir to dissolve and cook for 10-15 minutes, until the gravy is thickened. Pour over sliced meat and serve.

Making Easy Crock-Pot Sauerbraten Even Easier

Would you like to make this even easier?  Make this when you purchase your roast, then freeze it in the marinade!  When you are ready to make it, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight and drop it in your Crock-Pot before leaving for work in the morning.  Dinner will be ready for you when you get home!

Bring a little olde world to your table this week.  Make Easy Crock-Pot Sauerbraten for your family and enjoy the spicy meatiness!

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