German-Style Beef Roast


Red wine, dill pickles, and mustard flavor this slow cooker beef roast.

German-Style Beef Roast
Photo: Scott Little
Prep Time:
25 mins
Slow Cook Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 25 mins


  • 1 2.5-3 pound boneless beef chuck pot roast

  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil

  • 2 cup sliced carrots (2)

  • 2 cup chopped onions (2 large)

  • 1 cup sliced celery (2 stalks)

  • ¾ cup chopped kosher-style dill pickles

  • ½ cup dry red wine or beef broth

  • cup German-style mustard

  • ½ teaspoon coarse ground black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoon dry red wine or beef broth

  • Hot cooked spaetzle or cooked noodles

  • Snipped fresh parsley (optional)


  1. Trim fat from meat. If necessary, cut roast to fit into a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. In a large skillet brown the meat on all sides in hot oil. Drain fat.

  2. In the cooker, combine the carrots, onions, celery, and pickles. Place the meat on top of vegetables. In a small bowl combine the 1/2 cup red wine, the mustard, pepper, cloves, and bay leaves. Pour over meat and vegetables in cooker.

  3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours. Remove the meat from the cooker and place on a serving platter; cover with foil to keep warm.

For gravy:

  1. Transfer vegetables and cooking liquid to a 2-quart saucepan. Skim fat. Discard bay leaves. In a small bowl, stir together flour and the 2 tablespoons wine. Stir into the mixture in saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 1 minute more. Serve with vegetables, gravy, and hot cooked spaetzle. If desired, sprinkle with parsley. Makes 8 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

256 Calories
7g Fat
10g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 256
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 84mg 28%
Sodium 467mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 5.3mg 27%
Calcium 40.4mg 3%
Iron 4.1mg 23%
Potassium 774mg 16%
Folate, total 24.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 3.8mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.4mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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