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Beef {Beer} Bourguignon

Beef {Beer} Bourguignon

Beef {Beer} Bourguignon

I needed some time

When bad things happen and life sucker punches you in the gut, it takes some time to process and figure out how to accept the unacceptable.  All I can really say today is that there is no kind of heartache like losing someone you love.  It’s particularly painful when it’s senseless and unexpected.

I still need some time.

Life is fragile, friends.

Find comfort where you can.

Beef {Beer} Bourguignon

Beef {Beer} Bourguignon


  • 6 - 8 pieces bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 1/2 - 3 pounds chuck roast, cut into 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 inch cubes
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cups malty beer (I used my own home brew Irish Red)
  • 5 or 6 fresh thyme sprigs (or use dried thyme to taste)
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, pealed and roughly chopped
  • 2 onions pealed and quartered
  • 3 -4 baking potatoes, pealed and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 cups baby carrots, or 5-6 regular carrots pealed and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 teaspoons flour
  • chopped parsley for garnish, if desired


  1. Preheat oven to 250
  2. Brown bacon in a Dutch oven or heavy bottomed pot over medium heat and set aside on a paper towel lined plate
  3. Generously salt and pepper the beef
  4. Increase heat to medium high and brown beef on all sides - work in batches and set each batch aside in a bowl - add olive oil as needed
  5. When all beef is browned add tomato paste and stir for about a minute
  6. Add beer and stir to scrape up all the brown bits
  7. Add beef and bacon back to the pot, cover and cook for 3 - 3 1/2 hours
  8. Add garlic, potatoes, carrots, and mushrooms, and bake another 45 minutes to an hour or when potatoes and carrots are fork tender
  9. Use a fork to smash flour and butter together in a bowl
  10. Transfer the stew to the stove, add flour/butter and bring to a boil
  11. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer for 10 - 15 minutes, or until liquid thickens
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  1. Most beef bourguignon recipes use pearl onions and we don’t like them, but feel free to use them if you like them
  2. I recommend a malty beer for this recipe, such as a red or a porter
  3. Serve with bread, biscuits, or in a bread bowl and garnish with parsley
  4. A wise friend told me to hug and kiss the people you love. Do it.

13 Responses to Beef {Beer} Bourguignon

  1. Oh my gosh, I am so sorry Rachelle. I’m feeling your pain right now. But hopefully this beef bourguignon at least brought a little comfort into your life lately. It does look delicious! Hang in there, my friend. We’ve got your back.

  2. Rachelle, I am sure you get tons of unsolicited advice during these painful days, but I would just wish you could let go, take your time and embrace the grief. Accept where you are at any given moment. Nothing ever makes sense seems like…no point in resisting what is. Life adds and life subtracts and in the end it was the gift of life itself that mattered. We all feel like we have time, but you are right – the greatest of miracles is that we are alive and we got to love / be loved. We are sending you a lot of hugs and take comfort in the thought that time will help you accept and bring you peace. Grateful for you! (and this Beef {Beer} Bourguignon, and that you make beer:) and create loving experiences for others).

  3. Oh I am sorry for your loss. I appreciate your advice, and yes I will hug my family tonight, tomorrow, and try to appreciate them as much as I can. It is incredible how life has you experience cycles where it teaches you in that moment to be present because it is the best gift you can give to those you love. Sending you peace and grace at this time.

  4. Rachelle, I am so very sorry for your loss. I know it’s impossible to have the right words to say right now but just know I am with you in spirit. Wish I lived closer to be a shoulder. Take care of yourself, my friend, and take your time getting back. We’ll all be waiting. xo

  5. So sorry for you and your family’s loss Rach. Life is really unfair sometimes but hoping life gets better for you all soon. This beef bourguignon is comfort food at it’s best and wishing I had a big bowl of it in front of me right now! Lots of love to you, my friend 🙂 xoxoxo

  6. Oh Rachelle, I am so so sorry to hear about your loss 🙁 Sending you and your family lots of love and strength during this difficult time.

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