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Beer-Braised Top Blade Roast

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Thom Driver

Hands-on time 30 mins
Total time 4 hrs, 30 mins

Serves 10 (serving size: about 3 ounces beef and 1/4 cup sauce)

You can also cook the roast in a slow cooker. After adding the stock, transfer to a 6-quart electric slow cooker, and cook on LOW for about 8 hours.


  • 6 center-cut bacon slices, chopped
  • 2 medium onions, vertically sliced
  • 6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 (2 1/2-pound) top blade roast, trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle beer (such as lager)
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted beef stock (such as Swanson)
  • 2 fresh rosemary sprigs

Nutrition Information

  • calories 250
  • fat 13.7 g
  • satfat 4.8 g
  • monofat 5.6 g
  • polyfat 0.8 g
  • protein 24 g
  • carbohydrate 5 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • cholesterol 79 mg
  • iron 3 mg
  • sodium 381 mg
  • calcium 17 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat bacon in a large Dutch oven over medium heat 4 minutes or until crisp, stirring frequently. Add onion and garlic; cook 8 minutes. Place onion mixture in a bowl.

  2. Increase heat to medium-high. Add oil; swirl to coat. Sprinkle beef with 1 table­spoon flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper. Add beef to pan; cook 10 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Add beer to pan; bring to a simmer, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add onion mixture, stock, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and rosemary to pan; bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 2 hours. Turn beef; cover and cook 2 hours or until very tender. Place beef on a plate, and cover with foil.

  3. Remove rosemary from pan; discard. Combine remaining 1 tablespoon flour and 1/4 cup beef cooking liquid in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add flour mixture to pan. Increase heat to medium-high. Cook 3 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring frequently. Cut beef across the grain into thin slices. Serve with sauce.

Cook's Notes

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