A heavy 4 qt kettle or dutch oven having a tight fitting cover will be needed. Set out a deep 3 or 4 qt bowl.
Wipe with a clean, damp cloth
4Lb blade pot roast of beef (any beef pot roast may be used)
Put the meat into the bowl. Set aside.
Combine in a sauce pan and heat without boiling.
2 Cups Vinegar
2 Cups Water
1 large onion sliced
¼ cup sugar
2 tsp salt
3 whole cloves
2 bay leaves
Add 10 Juniper Berries (Not in Moms original Recipe)
Pour hot mixture over meat in bowl and allow to cool. Add
1 lemon, rinsed and cut into ¼ in slices
Cover and set in refrigerator. Marinate for 4 days, turning meat once each day.
Set out kettle and a tight fitting cover.
Remove meat from marinade and drain thoroughly. Strain and reserve marinade.
Heat in the kettle over low heat.
2 to 3 tblsp butter
Add the pot roast and brown slowly on all sides over medium heat. Slowly add 2 cups of the reserved marinade (reserving remaining marinade for gravy). Bring liquid to boiling. Reduce heat: Cover kettle tightly and simmer 21/2 to 3 hours or until meat is tender when pierced with a fork. Add more of the marinade if necessary. Liquid surrounding meat should at all times be simmering not boiling.
Remove meat to a warm platter and keep warm. Pour cooking liquid from kettle and set aside for gravy.
For Gravy—Melt in the kettle
¼ cup butter
¼ cup flour plus 3 tblsp sugar (Dark Brown sugar)
Heat until butter-flour mixture bubbles and is golden brown, Stirring constantly. Remove kettle from heat.
Add gradually,stirring constantly
3 cups liquid (Reserved for cooking liquid and enough reserved marinate or hot water to equal 3 cups liquid)
At this point I remember mom adding ginger snap cookies however this recipe did not mention it. How about a handful maybe 8 cookies crushed.
Return to heat, Bring to boiling cooking rapidly. Stirring constantly until gravy thickens. Cook 1 to 2 minutes longer. Remove from heat, Stirring vigorously with wire French whip, whish betater or fork, add to kettle in very small amounts
½ cup thick sour cream
Cook mixture over low heat about 3 to 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until thoroughly heated: Do not boil.
Serve meat and gravy with potato pancakes or spaetzle.