Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Drunken Garlic Pot Roast

This is a classic meat and potatoes dish that is a big hit with my meat and potatoes loving husband. The long cooking time means the meat is fork tender and incredibly flavorful. And beer gravy? What more could a man want? If this is not enough, it also makes the house smell wonderful in a meaty, manly sort of way.

I have experimented with different types of beer in this recipe. I find a lager gives the richest beer flavor while an Ale provides a lighter, sweeter flavor. Use which ever you prefer or have on hand. I typically do not like crockpot dishes that require cooking outside the crockpot, which this one does. And since there is gravy, mashed potatoes are also required. Lots of pans to clean, but otherwise a very easy recipe so I think it is worth it.

salt and pepper
2 -3 lb boneless beef chuck roast
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium onions, thinly sliced
24 garlic cloves, minced (about 4 tbsp.)
1/2 cup beef broth
12 ounces lager beer
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
2 tablespoons cornstarch (for gravy)
Season the roast with salt and pepper on both sides. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over high heat and brown the roast on both sides. Set aside in crockpot.

Add the onions to the skillet and cook over medium heat until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Add the beer, beef broth, brown sugar, mustard and vinegar. Heat through, scrapping up the brown bits from the bottom of the pan.

Pour the onion and beer mixture over the roast and cook on low for 7-8 hours.

At the end of the cooking time, remove the meat from the crockpot and cover with foil. Make a slurry with a ladle full of the cooking liquid and the cornstarch. Pour the remaining cooking liquid into a small sauce pan, mix in the slurry and stir over medium high heat until thickened. Serve over meat and potatoes.

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  1. This sounds delicious! I love the flavor of beer when it cooks down.
    Great job!

  2. Beth, this was fantastic! Thank you so much for recommending it in a comment on my blog. I used Heineken for the beer. My husband loved this recipe, and I did too. I'll definitely be making it again as a treat for him.