It's Oktoberfest season and I'm feeling the need to do something authentic. So, I decided to give my own twist on Sauerbraten a shot.
I started by making up a batch of sauerbraten sauce/marinade. I started with:
3 Cups Red Wine Vinegar
3 Cups Cider Vinegar
6 Cups of Oktoberfest Style Beer (Sand Creek Oktoberfest)
1 Bottle of Black Strap Molasses
I then took 1/3 cup of pickling seasonings that I picked up at the grocery store and put it in a coffee filter and tied it shut with string and then threw it into the pot.
After this, things get a little bit hazy but, I remember that I added 3oz of my Carolina Magic (Sauce Mix & Seasoning) and 1 added about 2 tbs of kosher salt, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp granulated garlic, a 6oz can of tomato paste, and 2 tbs of yellow mustard.
I brought this all to a boil and let it simmer for about 20 minutes. I then removed the bag of pickling seasoning and poured the mixture into jars and sealed them up.
I wanted to go with a beef roast but, pork loins were on sale so, I went with that. I cut the roast into thirds and put 2 of them into a baggy with 3/4 of a jar of the sauce mixture. From there it marinated for 3 days.
I took them out of their respective baggies and rubbed them down with some of my Gettin' Roasted Season All. I made sure to keep the mixture from the one baggy to cook the marinated roasts in.
They then went onto the grill to cook indirectly. When the marinated roasts hit 145 internal, I placed them in aluminum trays and added the sauerbraten mixture to both. When they hit an internal of 195 I pulled them off, put a lid on them and let them set for an hour.
After that, I open them up and sliced them up.
THEY WERE ABSOLUTELY FARKING FANTASTIC! It had tangy juicy flavor that reminded me of a combination of gerkin, teriyaki, and dark beer. The meat was wonderfully tender but didn't fall apart.
The next day I served them up with some Cream Cheese Garlic smashed potatoes and made sure to drizzle some of the sauce on it all.
This was so delicious! I was kind enough to share with some of my co-workers who quickly decided that they should try to bribe me for any of the leftovers.
Thanks for looking.