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Father Andrew’s Sauerbraten

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: German Foods



  • 3 lbs Beef Rump Roast
  • 1 Large red onion chopped
  • 1 ½ cup water
  • 1 cup red wine (we used Cabernet)
  • 1 1/4 cup White Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 10- 15 peppercorns or more to taste
  • 8-12 whole cloves or more to taste
  • 1/4 cup Pickling Spice in a tea diffuser or tied into cheesecloth
  • 1 Lemon optional (Slice lemons if you desire more sour)

Roasting Beef

  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbsp All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Ground Black Pepper
  • Salt and Black pepper to taste
  • 10-12 Gingersnap cookies crumbled


  • 1 Package Noodles, Spaetzle, or Pasta



  • Add vinegar, wine, water, cloves, onions, and salt into a saucepan. Bring to a boil then simmer for 10 min. Add pickling spice and simmer another 10 min. Cool to room temperature.
  • Place beef rump roast in a large pot. Cover with brine and refrigerate for 2 to 3 days. Important to turn meat daily.
  • When you are ready to roast the meat, preheat the oven to 360-375 degrees. Remove meat from brine and pat dry with paper towels, reserving the brining liquid.
  • Roast the beef until tender, about 50 to 60 min. Remove beef to a platter and slice.
  • While the meat is roasting, boil water for noodles and cook according to package directions. (If using pasta, cook beyond al dente). Drain and put in a large serving bowl.


  • Strain solids from remaining liquid and continue cooking over medium heat. Add crushed gingersnap cookies and simmer until gravy is thickened about 10 minutes. Serve gravy over sliced beef & noodles.
    Sauerbraten with Noodles