One day, many years ago, when I decided to make Pot Roast for the weekend, I noticed that I had several bottles of beer in the fridge. We’re not beer drinkers; so it must have been leftover from one of my children’s gatherings. I thought: what will happen if I added this beer to the meat? I put the meat in the roaster, added the vegetables and then poured two bottles of dark beer over everything. I only had to add a little bit of water to barely cover the meat. The result was delicious. You don’t taste the beer; but it makes the meat taste less rich. You still get all the flavor but it’s lighter in your tummy. This recipe instantly became a regular in my Friday night repertoire.
Note: When I first developed this recipe, the Birds Eye frozen pearl onions were sold in 16 ounce bags. They are now sold in 12 ounce bags. Either measurement works. Using a little more or less will not alter the flavor of the recipe.
Pot Roast with Beer, Carrots & Onions
By February 21, 2014Published:
- 8-10 Servings
- 2 hrs 45 mins
- 2 Tops of the Rib
- 24 Ounces Dark Beer
- 2 Pounds Frozen Pearl Onions defrosted
- 1 Pound Baby Carrots
- 2 28 Ounce Cans Organic Crushed Tomatoes
- 16 Black Peppercorns tied in cheesecloth
- 5 Large Garlic Cloves
- 1 medium bunch of fresh thyme (tied) or 2 tablespoons dried thyme
- boxed/fresh beef broth optional
- Large Stainless Steel Roaster with cover
- Rinse meat and trim off any extra pieces of fat. Place meat in roaster.
- Preheat oven to: 350˚ F.
- Scatter carrots, garlic, and onions over meat. Pour in beer and tomatoes. Add peppercorns and thyme . Pour in just enough water or boxed beef broth to cover meat. Bring to a boil on top of the stove. Cover roaster and place in preheated oven. Cook 2 ½ -3 hours. Turn meat halfway through cooking. When meat is done, you should be able to pierce it easily with a fork. Allow meat to cool before covering and refrigerating overnight.
- TO SERVE: Take meat out of refrigerator. Remove all congealed fat from gravy and from meat. Cut pot roast into ¼ inch slices and place them in oven to table casserole. Scatter onions and carrots over the meat. Cover with gravy. Serve hot with rice, noodles or potatoes.