Authentic Schweinebraten German Pork Roast Bavarian Style

Even if you cant make it to Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, with this traditional Bavarian recipe you can have your own Oktoberfest celebrations!

“This is the famous Bavarian Pork Roast. Juicy and very very tender with a fantastic sauce. Traditionally served with potato dumplings and sauerkraut. The recipe reads very lengthy but in fact is very simple and easy to make.”

Total Time: 3 hrs 15 mins
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 3 hrs

Authentic Schweinebraten German Pork Roast Bavarian Style


  • 5 lbs pork roast (deboned shoulder roast)
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon caraway seed, ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 dash ground paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, with skin, quartered
  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • 1/4 cup leek, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth


1 Wash and pat dry roast.

2 Mix all dry ingredients together and rub onto roast.

3 Spread a liberal amount of mustard onto roast.

4 Heat oil in a heavy roasting pan (enameled cast iron works well) on top of stove and brown carrots and leeks.

5 Push vegetables aside and brown roast from all sides in the very very hot roasting pan.

6 Add onions INCLUDING the brown skins (this is VERY IMPORTANT since it will give your gravy a good color).

7 Add broth and transfer everything to the oven.

8 Roast covered for 1 1/2 hours at 350°F.

9 Uncover, stir onions and veggies.

10 Turn roast over and roast uncovered for 1 hour (if liquid evaporates a lot, add some more occasionally).

11 Once roasting time has finished transfer meat to a plate to rest.

12 Take a basting brush, dip into the hot liquid and scrub all the sides of the roasting pan (and the lid if necessary). All the brown stains on the walls of your pan will add flavor and color to your sauce!

13 Strain all the liquid through a fine meshed strainer (stainless steel will work better then the plastic ones). Press solids vigorously with a spoon to press as much liquid (as well all solids that can get pressed through) through the strainer into a sauce pan and reduce slightly on high heat.

14 Slice roast into 1/2 thick slices and pour gravy liberally over everything.

15 Best served with potato dumplings and sauerkraut.

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