Sauerbraten Recipe

My husbands Family on his Dad’s side is German. Jesse’s Grandma Ruth Guethlein died before we met. I would have loved to meet her, sounds like she was a pretty awesome lady! My Father-in-law said every year for his birthday she would make him Sauerbraten (also called sour meat and noodles) his favorite dish. My husband has also become very fond of it growing up eating it at his Grandma Ruth’s.

His Aunt Marsha said their mom never used recipes and just cooked everything form memory. After she passed away there were no recipes of her yummy dishes, so Aunt Marsha got to work figuring out how to re-make her moms famous Sour Meat and Noodles! She passed it on to me and I made it for Hubby’s B’day dinner, and now you lucky Shady Fans get to try it too!

First you need 3 pounds of stew meat. You can buy stew meat already cubed and ready to go right into the pot. I opted for buying a chuck roast because it was cheaper and chopping it myself. Any chuck type meat will do.


Cut it into cubes and put into your pot. You do not want to trim the at off for this recipe. If your cubing and have a piece that is all fat you can discard that piece, but don’t trim fat off. I tripled this recipe this time because I was feeding 10 adults and 5 kids, and I wanted leftovers!! It really is just as good 1-3 days later as the day you cook it, and can be frozen as well.


Add one large onion chopped and 6 cups of water. Bring to a boil, turn to a mild rolling boil and cook covered for 2 hours.

After 2 hours is up add 1 cup vinegar and 1 cup brown sugar. You can add another half cup of vinegar if it is not tart enough, I almost always end up adding more vinegar, I like the tartness. Then cook another 40 minutes. If the liquid starts to run dry just add more water and bring it back to a boil.

Gradually add ginger snap cookies 12 at a time stirring constantly until you get the right consistency. The meat with shred and it will be a sticky, yummy gooey mess of German Goodness. YUM!


Next cook your noodles. The hubby’s Family uses Mrs. Weiss brand Kluski noodles, you can find them at Kroger and sometimes Walmart. Which is what I used this time. I think next time though I will make some from scratch. They are an egg noodle with water. Once you have them cooked, and be careful not to over cook them, toss a sleeve of ritz style crackers into a stick of melted butter and then mix into the noodles.


Serve the sour meat over the kluski noodles and devour it. So good! This dish is such a good dish anytime of year, but its hearty so it makes a great fall or winter dinner. So get your German on and make your family something good. Tell me what you think. Are there any family favorites you just love to cook for you family? I’d love to hear about it.


Thank you Aunt Marsha and Ruth Guethlein for this delicious meal!



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