Pot roast, the ultimate slow food, can simmer all day in a crockpot. This one’s subtle cloves, ginger and apple juice provide a hint of unique Bavarian flavors on a cool day. Enjoy the tender slices of beef and the flavorful gravy during dinner time.

Crockpot Bavarian Pot Roast Recipe

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Preparation: 15 mins
Cooking: 12 hrs
Total: 12 hrs15 mins
Serves: 6 people


  • 4 lb. beef arm or chuck pot roast
  • 1 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt
  • pinch pepper
  • ½ tsp. ground ginger
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 4 medium apples cored and quartered (leave skin on)
  • 1 small onion sliced
  • ½ cup apple juice
  • 3-4 tbsp. flour
  • 3-4 tbsp. water


  1. Wipe roast well and trim off all excess fat.
  2. Lightly rub top of meat with oil.
  3. Dust meat with salt, pepper and ginger.
  4. Insert cloves into meat.
  5. Place apples and onions in bottom of crockpot.
  6. Put roast on top of the apples and onions.
  7. Pour in the apple juice.
  8. Cover and cook on a low setting for 8 to 12 hours.
  9. Remove the roast and apples to a warm platter when fully cooked.
  10. Pour the liquid out of the crockpot into a saucepan.
  11. Drain off as much of the fat as you can.
  12. Make smooth paste with the flour and water and stir the paste into the liquid.
  13. Cook liquid over medium heat until thickened, five to ten minutes.
  14. Serve gravy alongside the sliced roast, apples and onions.
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