London Broil Braised in Stout

London broil
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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 3 hrs
Total: 3 hrs 20 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
511 Calories
29g Fat
9g Carbs
45g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 511
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 38%
Saturated Fat 11g 57%
Cholesterol 177mg 59%
Sodium 389mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 45g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 41mg 3%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 452mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Stout beer tenderizes this oven-baked London broil roast. You will enjoy the rich, robust gravy which is flavored with onions, garlic, thyme, and a hint of bacon.

A boneless beef chuck roast can be substituted for the London broil roast. It's a filling meal when served with mashed potatoes, turnips, buttered noodles, or rice.

The gravy is rich but thin—more like an au jus. If you prefer it thicker, you may reduce it by boiling or stir in a slurry of cornstarch mixed with water, heating until thickened.


  • 2 pounds London broil, cut at least 1-inch thick

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1/4 slice uncooked bacon, cut into 6 (1/4-inch) pieces

  • 1 large clove garlic, cut lengthwise into 6 slivers

  • 1 large onion, sliced 1/4-inch thick

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 cup stout beer, or dark ale, at room temperature

  • 1 teaspoon honey

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Preheat oven to 275 F.

  3. Trim London broil of any fat and membrane around the edges. Sprinkle meat on both sides with half the salt and pepper. Dredge the meat in the cornstarch, and pat the cornstarch into the beef.

  4. Sprinkle thyme over bacon and press firmly into the bacon pieces. With a sharp knife, cut 6 gashes evenly spaced across the meat. Push 1 piece of bacon and 1 sliver of garlic into each gash in the meat.

  5. Sear the London broil on both sides in a lightly oiled heavy Dutch oven pot or ovenproof casserole. Arrange onion slices on top of the meat.

  6. Combine bay leaf, stout beer, honey, red wine vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce, stirring to combine. Pour mixture over the top of the onions. Sprinkle with remaining salt and pepper. Place a layer of heavy-duty foil over the top of the pot, and cover tightly with a lid.

  7. Bake 3 hours without peeking. When done, remove from oven and let rest at least 15 minutes. Carve into slices cut against the grain and place on serving platter. Cover with half of the pan juices. Pass remaining pan juices in a gravy boat at the table.

  8. Serve with mashed potatoes, turnips, buttered noodles, or rice.

  9. Enjoy!