Gluten-Free Sauerbraten

Every sauerbraten recipe I could find calls for ginger snaps which contain wheat and thus gluten. So, taking ideas from various recipes I created my own, sans ginger snaps. The trick to good sauerbraten is to balance the sour and sweet, leaning toward the sour, and to let it marinate for at least 2 days, preferably 3. Braise the meat slowly in the marinade. Spaetzle, small noodles, are the traditional accompaniment for sauerbraten but since they contain gluten I have opted for other German side dishes like braised red cabbage and potato pancakes.


  • 2 pound piece of eye round or other beef rump
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. dry ginger
  • ½ tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. juniper berries, crushed
  • ½ cup cider vinegar
  • ½ cup dry red wine
  • 1 cup brown beef stock
  • 1 Tbsp. Worchester sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. light brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1 bay leaf


Combine all of the marinade ingredients in a deep, non-aluminum container just large enough to hold the meat. Place the meat in the marinade and, if need be, make up the volume with water until the meat is just submerged. Marinate in the refrigerator for 2 or 3 days, turning daily.


7 responses to “Gluten-Free Sauerbraten

  1. Gloria B April 8, 2016 at 09:15

    I would love to try this recipe – if only I could find the directions of what to do after the meat is marinated. That is all that she’s under method. Sooooo sad.

    • Leo Cotnoir April 8, 2016 at 11:45

      My bad. It does say in the introduction to braise it slowly in the marinade. I wrote this recipe early in my blogging career. I need to make it again and update the recipe. Thanks for letting me know.

  2. Gerald Brumm July 15, 2016 at 00:24

    Where’s the update to your Gluten-Free Sauerbraten recipe. Wanted to make it this weekend.

  3. Jay October 20, 2016 at 17:08

    I thought you might like this Gluten Free Spaetzle recipe to go with your sauerbraten. It includes bouillon in the dough, but I can’t do MSG, either. The second link is to a healthy homemade bouillon cube recipe.
    GF Spaetzle
    Healthy Easy Bouillon Cubes

    Full credit to their individual posters.

  4. Jay October 20, 2016 at 18:04

    To finish the cooking instructions:
    After 3 days of marinating, preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
    Add the sugar to the meat and marinade, cover and place on the middle rack of the oven and cook until tender, approximately 4 hours.

    Remove meat and keep warm and covered. Strain liquid to remove solids, return to pan over medium-high heat. Stir occasionally to reduce. *A thickener may be used if desired. Good GF Roux directions can be found here:

    Slice meat and serve with sauce.

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