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Karl Ratzsch's Sauerbraten

4 lbs. beef (rump, chuck or sirloin)
2 T. salt (divided)
1 C. red wine vinegar
1 C. white wine vinegar
2 C. cold water
1 onion, sliced
1 rib celery, cut coarsely
1/4 C. mixed pickling spice
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 T. drippings or lard
6 to 8 gingersnap cookies, softened in a little water
2 T. sugar
Equal parts of flour and water to thicken

Rub meat with 1 tablespoon salt and place it in crockpot or deep container (not aluminum). Combine vinegars, water, onion, celery, pickling spice and garlic. Pour over meat and marinate in cool place for 48 hours, turning twice daily.

Preheat oven to 400F.

To roast, remove meat from crock. Heat drippings in roasting pan and sear meat on all sides. Pour marinade over meat and cover. Roast, covered, in preheated oven 20 to 30 minutes per pound, basting occasionally. Remove cover during last 20 minutes of roasting time and baste again.

Remove meat to warm platter and strain marinade into heavy kettle. Bring to boil and simmer. Add softened gingersnaps, 2 tablespoons sugar and remaining 1 tablespoon salt. Thicken to desired consistency with roux. Adjust seasonings and sugar. Slice across the grain and serve with gravy. Good with potato dumplings, buttered noodles or stewed prunes.

Makes 8 to 10 servings.

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