Beef Bourguignon (Slow Cooker, Alcohol-Free)

I’ve known about this classic French recipe for many years, but I never tried beef bourguignon until recently. It’s the classier, much tastier version of beef stew and one of my favorite new recipes. The recipe originally gets cooked in the oven and has a lot of alcohol, but I’ve changed both of those things.

Cook until crisp and set aside, keeping a little of the grease in the pan and discarding the rest:

6 oz. bacon, chopped

Brown in the bacon grease:

3 lbs. beef brisket or chuck, cut into chunks (not lean meat!)

Add both meats to the slow cooker with all of the following, stirring to combine:

1 lg. carrot, chopped

1 lg. onion, chopped

6 cloves garlic, minced

2 T. flour

In the same pot as before, simmer for 5 minutes until slightly reduced:

2 ½ c. grape juice (not frozen. It’s too sweet.)

½ c. red wine vinegar

Add the grape juice and vinegar mixture to the slow cooker with all of the following:

2 c. beef broth

2 T. tomato paste

pinch of thyme

2 t. dried parsley

2 bay leaves

Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 6, or until the beef is tender and falling apart. In the last 5 minutes, saute for 5 minutes:

1 lb. mushrooms, quartered (I recommend baby bellas instead of white mushrooms. They have more flavor.)

2 T. butter

Add the mushrooms to the slow cooker. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Beef bourguignon is great on its own, but you can serve it with mashed potatoes, rice, noodles, or garlic bread.

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