Tangy Sauerbraten makes your taste buds happy

Sourbraten, Sauerbraten, Tangy beef roast

A Sunday meal I remember growing up. That sweet and sour, tangy taste and smell you won’t forget. Some have to develop tastebuds for it. Sauerbraten can be a big hit a the dinner table, you can’t go wrong cooking for a big crowd.

Plan for it way in advance, the marinating takes several days

Top round beef roast

Plan a week in advance to marinate the beef

Another option if you too busy. No marinating required, just buy the mix here


Category: Main meal
Cuisine: German
Prep Time: 190 hours
Cook Time: 2 hours

Plan one week ahead, since the meat has to marinade for 4 to 7 days. The recipe asks for Honigkuchen or honey cake. I believe you could use four Gingersnaps at the end. This is optional, instead add more sugar to taste.


  • 2 LB beef round
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 large carrot
  • 2 medium onions
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 10 pepper corns
  • 5 juniper berries
  • Salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar or honey
  • 1.5 cups red wine
  • ¾ cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • Optional: 4 tbsp. Raisins
  • Optional: 4 Gingersnaps


  • The beef needs to be marinated a week before the cooking.
  • For that you need to cut the celery, carrot, onion and garlic in cubes.
  • Cook the juniper berries, pepper corns, cloves and bay leaves, salt and sugar with the red wine and the red wine vinegar in a pot on medium low heat for 15 minutes.
  • Let cool.
  • Cover the beef with the marinate and put everything in a large container for four days to a week in the refrigerator.
  • It also can be kept in vacuum sealed bag in the refrigerator.
  • After a week, remove the meat out of the refrigerator and dry it off.
  • Fry it until lightly brown in a deep pan or Dutch Oven.
  • Add the cubed onions and fry for 2 minutes or until golden.
  • Combine the honey with the rest of the marinade and beef broth and add to pot.
  • Cook the Sauerbraten for 2 hours on medium temperature, turn every half an hour.
  • Remove the beef. Mix the sauce with a blender or push it through a sieve.
  • Season to your liking with red wine and salt and pepper


Serve with potato dumplings or Spätzle, and sweet and sour red cabbage

Nutrition information

6 ro 8 people
Serving Size: 1 to 2 slices
Pretzel dumplings, Bread dumplings
Can be served with my Pretzel dumpling recipe.

I have been living half of my life in Germany, then US, and traveling since then. My passion is cooking, painting and glass mosaic art. I try to re-create recipes I grew up with, or I tasted while traveling in Europe. Disclosure: As an Amazon Affiliate I earn a small commission if you click through and make qualifying purchases with no additional cost to you.

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