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Beer Braised Beef Cheeks Slow Cooker or Oven!

Beer braised beef cheeks, a great way of tenderising a tough cut of meat & unlock its glorious flavour. With oven & slow cooker instructions!

Portrait image of gravy being poured over beer braised beef cheeks with carrot and mushrooms

Comforting Slow Cooked Beef Cheeks.

Beef cheeks used to be a really cheap cut of meat that has gained popularity in recent years.

This is mainly because of their incredible flavour and texture but now the cat is out of the bag the price is rising. But it is still a relatively affordable cut of meat and one that is made for slow cookling.

I use it in all sorts of stews, everything from my Hungarian marha porkolt, to my Indonesian beef rendang, my French beef daube and I have even used it on my Greek kokkinisto recipe.

I also have a beef cheek ragu that is stunning stirred through pasta or even used to top a jacket potato!

We use a load of stock vegetables in this recipe to amp up the flavour in the gravy and add a Worcestershire sauce and a nice dark beer.

These beer braised beef cheeks are proper old school British comfort food.

Portrait close up image of beer braised beef cheeks with carrot, shallot and mushrooms

Frequently Asked Questions.

How do I prepare beef cheeks?

The best way is to get your butcher to do it for you!

But if you are doing it yourself the first thing to do is remove the skin on the outside of the cheek. You need a sharp long knife for this.

Place the beef cheek skin side down on a chopping board and place your palm flat on top of the beef cheek with a moderate amount of pressure.

Then slide your knife parallel with the chopping board cutting just the
skin from the beef cheek.

Then just slice off the remaining sinew from the outside of the meat.

What beer should I use?

I like a nice dark ale or a porter for this recipe. Avoid a stout as it is a little too heavy and adds a bitterness that I am not fond of.

Do I have to throw away some of the vegetables?

Of course not, you can eat them if you wish, but they will be mushy.

You can also blend them into the gravy if you want, but by pushing them through a fine-mesh sieve you have extracted all of the good stuff.

So all you are throwing away are the fibres and making a much smoother gravy.

Portrait overhead image of beer braised beef cheeks with carrot, shallot and mushrooms served over mashed potato

Serving Suggestions.

In all but name this beef cheek recipe is a stew. A cheaper cut of meat slowly cooked and served in its cooking juices. 

That means this recipe is all about comfort and feeling warm and cosy. That means you could reasonably stop your hunt for a side dish at mashed potato!

But there are a few other options to consider that deserve honourable mentions.

Either celeriac mash or carrot and swede mash would make a great side dish to this recipe.

One final suggestion out of left field is a cheesy polenta porridge, it is definitely an indulgent option but a delicious one!

Square image of gravy being poured over beer braised beef cheeks with carrot and mushrooms
Yield: 2 Servings

Beer Braised Beef Cheeks Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Marinade Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 4 hours 45 minutes

These beer braised beef cheeks are the epitome of comfort food and come served with the most delicious beef gravy.

Ingredients

  • 350g (12oz) Beef Cheeks
  • 2 Tbsp Cooking Oil
  • 250 g (~1 2/3 Cup) Onion
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 2 Tbsp Flour
  • 200g (~1 1/2 Cup) Carrot
  • 100g (~1 Cup) Celery
  • 2 Tbsp Flour
  • 330 ml (11oz bottle or can) Dark Beer
  • 250ml (1 Cup) Beef Stock
  • 50ml (3 Tbsp + 1 Tsp) Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 2 Large Mushrooms (about 75g or 3oz each)
  • 3 Shallots
  • Salt to Taste
  • Black Pepper to Taste
  • 1 Tbsp Cornflour (Cornstarch in the US)

Instructions

  1. Trim the beef cheeks of any sinew and slice them around 15mm (1/2"-2/3") thick.
  2. Season the beef generously with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat half of the cooking oil in a frying pan and sear the beef cheeks on both sides and then transfer to a small "Dutch oven" or slow cooker.
  4. Peel the garlic and bash with the side of a knife.
  5. Peel the onion and chop into large 2-3cm (1") chunks.
  6. Cut the celery into roughly the same sized pieces as the onion.
  7. Return the pan to the heat and add in the garlic, onion, carrot and celery.
  8. Fry for 3-4 mins to start getting some colour then transfer to the pot with the beef.
  9. Add the flour to the beef and vegetables and stir to coat.
  10. Return the frying pan or skillet to the heat and when hot pour in the beer and stir to deglaze the pan.
  11. When the beer is boiling add the beef stock and Worcestershire sauce and stir.
  12. Pour this over the beef, add the bay leaf and stir.
  13. Transfer to the oven and bake at 150°C or 300°F for 3-4 hours or in a slow cooker for 6 hours on low or 4 hours on high.
  14. An hour before serving cut your large mushrooms in half then peel and cut the shallots in half lengthways removing most of the root.
  15. Add the other half of the oil to a frying pan and sear these vegetables on the cut side only.
  16. Transfer to the pot that the beef is cooking in and cook for another 45-50 minutes.
  17. When you are ready to serve strain the cooking gravy through a fine mesh sieve into a hot frying pan and reduce by 10-15%.
  18. Pull out the beef (carefully it will fall apart), shallots, mushrooms, and carrots for serving then push any liquid out of what remains before discarding the pulp in the sieve.
  19. Mix the cornstarch with a tablespoon of water and whisk it into the gravy and cook until you have the desired thickness.
  20. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 975Total Fat: 49gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 29gCholesterol: 152mgSodium: 1054mgCarbohydrates: 58gFiber: 9gSugar: 19gProtein: 56g

Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

Did you make this recipe?

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Jolanda

Friday 9th of April 2021

Super delicious, thank you. Very easy to make. Also love the tips and various ways you can serve the dish. I have previously made this recipe before the page layout change. I distinctly remember that you have to marinade the meat in the beer for a day before you start cooking. I was confused that it was not mentioned in the method and thought I had the wrong recipe at first. The only mention of the meat having to marinade a day before is in the cooking time.

Jolanda

Saturday 10th of April 2021

Hi Brain,

Thanks for the feedback, happy to hear that the marinading doesn't add much to the dish. Also nice that I don't have to plan a day in advance.

Interesting how things have changed with regards to "whole meal" recipes. I find it always very helpful to see the suggestions.

Looking forward to the beef cheeks this evening for dinner.

Jolanda

Brian Jones

Friday 9th of April 2021

Hi Jolanda... This recipe underwent a bit of a face lift over the last few months and in my testing, I decided that a long marinade really did not add a great deal to the dish so I changed that up, you can still do it, and it does add slightly more flavour but you really would have to taste them side by side and put on your bestest concentrating face to pick it out ;)

Thanks for flagging up that I left that bit in the recipe card, I've deleted it now.

Glad you appreciate the serving suggestions.

I used to create "whole meal" recipes in the dim and distant past as I think that a dish is made special (or otherwise) by what you serve it with. But that approach really does not work with how Google works or indeed how people use Google, so I try to add som suggestions that I think work and also show my dishes with my favourite companion dish.

Brian

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