- 6 slices thick-cut bacon, diced
- 1 (4-pound) lean boneless beef chuck
- Salt, to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 large onion, coarsely chopped
- 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 cups beer, about 12 ounces
- 1 1/2 cups beef broth, preferably low-sodium or unsalted
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 3 medium carrots, cut into 1/2- to 1-inch pieces
- 1 small rutabaga cut in 1/2- to 1-inch chunks
- 1 1/2 pounds potatoes, cut in 1/2-inch chunks
- 1/2 cup cold water, optional
Gather the ingredients.
In a large skillet or sauté pan, cook the bacon until almost crisp.
Sprinkle the roast with salt and pepper, then dip all sides in (3 tablespoons) of flour to coat lightly.
Remove the bacon from the skillet and set aside. Add the beef roast and brown, turning to brown all sides. Remove the pot roast and set aside.
Add onions to the skillet and cook until browned. Add the garlic cook for 1 minute longer. Add the red wine vinegar, beer, beef broth, bay leaf, sage, and thyme; bring to a simmer. Remove from the heat.
Place the roast in the slow cooker; arrange the potatoes, carrots, and mushrooms around the roast. Top with the bacon and pour the onion and broth mixture over all.
Cover and cook on low for 7 to 9 hours, until the roast is tender and the vegetables can be easily pierced with a fork.
To make a gravy with the liquids, remove the roast and vegetables to a serving dish and keep warm.
Pour 3 cups of the liquids in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Simmer for about 3 to 5 minutes to reduce slightly and concentrate the flavors.
Whisk 3 tablespoons of flour into 1/2 cup of cold water. Whisk the flour mixture into the simmering broth. Cook, whisking, for about 1 minute. Taste and season with salt and pepper,
Serve and enjoy.
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