Bavarian Pork Roast from my Childhood

Bavarian pork roast, Krustenbraten. Schweinebraten

Bayerischer Schweinebraten

As a child, I remember waking up on a Sunday morning to the smell of my mothers Bavarian Pork Roast in the oven. She would go to the early church service, and then roast the Schweinebraten while we were gone to the later mass. At noon we were ready to sit at the table or Mittagstisch

As I mentioned before, she was an excellent cook, and I must have picked up on it.

Schweinekrustenbraten, Bavarian Pork roast

This is the recipe as I remember:

Bavarian Pork Roast from my Childhood

Bavarian Pork Roast from my Childhood
Category: Main Entree
Cuisine: German/Bavarian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours


  • 3 lb pork roast
  • Salt and pepper
  • Paprika
  • 1 tbsp caraway seeds
  • 3 tbsp mustard
  • 1 cup each onions, carrots, celery, spring onions
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 cup Beer


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)
  • Season pork roast with salt, black pepper, paprika, and caraway seeds; spread mustard over pork. Cut squares on the top fat part
  • Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; fry pork until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes. Transfer pork to a large roasting pan. Add onion, carrots, celery, and spring onions to the same skillet; cook and stir until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Spread vegetable mixture around pork in roasting pan.
  • Pour 1 cup hot water into the skillet used to cook the pork and vegetables; simmer and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom with a spatula. Pour water over pork.
  • Bake with the fatty part up in preheated oven until pork is slightly pink in the center, 2 1/2 to 3 hours, basting often with a honey and beer mixture. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 145 degrees F (63 degrees C). If vegetables become dry, add 1 cup hot water, or as needed. For a nice crust, heat oven to broil for 15 minutes.
  • Transfer pork roast to a large platter and keep warm. Strain remaining liquid through a sieve into a saucepan; reserve vegetables.
  • Stir in cornstarch/flour to thicken; start to boil for 2 minutes, then simmer until sauce is thickened, about 5 minutes.


After taking the roast out of the oven, wait 10 minutes. Slice pork and serve with dumplings, wide noodles and red sweet and sour cabbage

Nutrition information

6 to 8 people
Serving Size: 2 slices

I cook my pork roast in a Dutch Oven for best results. Here are some to choose from:

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