Beef Bourguignon, a rustic French pot roast, is prepared low and slow in the oven. Tender chunks beef simmer in a luscious red wine sauce with lots of vegetables and just a hint of smoky bacon.

Beef Bourguignon over egg noodles in a white bowl.

Traditional Boeuf Bourguignon usually requires lots of steps and lots of stove time. This recipe makes things a little easier and browns the whole roast and shreds it later into luscious pieces of the most tender beef you’ve ever tasted.

I also take advantage of the bags of frozen pearl onions in the freezer aisle, which come pre-peeled so all you have to do is add them to the pot.

All-in, you’re only looking at about 30 minutes of active stove time. The oven’s low temperature takes care of the rest, and by the end of the afternoon, you’ll be ready for one of the best dinners ever.

Recipe ingredients:

Labeled ingredients for beef bourguignon in various bowls.

Ingredient notes:

  • Boneless beef chuck roast: A less expensive cut of beef that really shines with slow and low cooking. Shoulder roast or round roast is fine, too.
  • Bacon: Just a few slices of bacon add wonderfully smoky flavor and provide just enough fat for browning the beef.
  • Red wine: Bourguignon or “from Bourgogne” is usually made with a red Burgundy, aka Pinot Noir. I’ve also made this with Côtes du Rhône and a Beaujolais and it’s always a hit. Buy what you like to drink. Or substitute more beef broth.
  • Beef broth: I always keep a jar of “Better than Bouillon” beef base in the fridge, a paste which is similar to bullion cubes and you dissolve it in boiling water. It is widely available and tastes delicious. You can substitute chicken broth, too.
  • Pearl onions: Frozen pearl onions are already peeled and ready to eat; that means less work for you.

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Pat the beef dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper on all sides. Cook the bacon in a large Dutch oven or sturdy-bottomed pot over high heat until crispy. Then take it out of the pot and crumble it up once it cools.
    Bacon cooking in a stock pot.
  2. Using the bacon fat in the pot, brown the beef roast well on all sides, making sure the beef forms a deep brown crust, for more flavor. Take your time here. When finished, remove it from the pot and set aside.
    Browning a beef roast in a stock pot.
  3. Add the garlic to the pot and cook, stirring, for about 30 seconds. Then pour in the red wine and scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the pot using a wooden spoon. Add the beef broth, tomato paste, thyme, salt and pepper, and stir to combine. Bring the liquid to a boil then turn the heat down to medium-high and cook for 10 more minutes until the liquid is reduced a bit.
    Deglazing a stock pot with red wine.
  4. Return the roast to the pot and add the carrots, mushrooms, and onions. Cover the pot and bake in the oven at 300 degrees for 3 ½ hours. Every 30 minutes, turn the meat in the pot so it cooks evenly.
    Beef Bourguignon in a pot.
  5. When the beef is tender, take it out of the oven and lift the roast into a large bowl. Shred the roast using two forks. Serve the beef over buttered noodles, boiled potatoes, or rice with the braised vegetables and cooking juices.
    Beef Bourguignon in a pot.

Recipe tips and variations:

  • Yield: A 4-pound roast should make 12 servings of Beef Bourguignon as a meal.
  • Make ahead: The flavor of Beef Bourguignon improves if you make it a day ahead. Let the dish cool and refrigerate overnight. Reheat gently on the stove, using more broth or a splash of wine. Or reheat in a slow cooker for 3 to 4 hours on HIGH.
  • Storage: Keep leftovers in the refrigerator and eat within 4 days.
  • Freezing: This recipe freezes really well. Label, date, and enjoy within 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
  • Browning the beef: If you run out of bacon grease while browning the meat, just add some olive oil to keep things going.
  • Browning the vegetables: In Julia Childs’ famous version of Boeuf Bourguignon, she browns the vegetables in the bacon fat after she browns the beef (before stirring in the garlic and deglazing the pan).
  • Check the liquid in the pot: All Dutch ovens and ovens are different, so if the braising juices run low while baking, add a little extra wine or broth to keep things from drying out.

Beef Bourguignon over egg noodles in a white bowl.

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Beef Bourguignon over egg noodles in a white bowl.

Beef Bourguignon

Beef Bourguignon, a rustic French pot roast, is prepared low and slow in the oven. Tender chunks beef simmer in a luscious red wine sauce with lots of vegetables and just a hint of smoky bacon.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 5 mins
Servings 12 servings
Course Main Course
Cuisine French
Calories 433

Ingredients 

  • 1 (3 to 4 pound) boneless beef chuck roast (see note 1)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 slices bacon (about 4 ounces, see note 2)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup red wine (see note 3)
  • 2 cups beef broth (see note 4)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme or ½ teaspoon dried
  • 4 large carrots peeled and cut oblique
  • 8 ounces white button mushrooms halved
  • 1/2 cup frozen pearl onions (4 ounces, see note 5)
  • Buttered egg noodles or rice or boiled potatoes, for serving

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Pat the beef dry with paper towels and season liberally with salt and pepper on all sides.
  • In a Dutch oven or large stock pot, fry bacon until crisp. Transfer to a plate and crumble when cool. Reserve bacon fat for cooking beef and keep hot.
  • Lay beef in a single layer in pot and fry in reserved bacon fat until well-browned on each side (work in batches if you have more than one roast). Transfer the beef to a plate.
  • Stir in the garlic until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Pour in wine and stir, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot.
  • Add beef broth, tomato paste, thyme, ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-high and cook uncovered for 10 minutes, until the sauce has reduced.
  • Return the beef and bacon to the pot. Add carrots, mushrooms, and frozen onions. Cover and bake for 3 and ½ hours, turning the beef in the pot every 30 minutes.
  • Transfer the beef to a large bowl and shred with two forks. Season the sauce to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with the vegetables over buttered noodles.

Notes

  1. Boneless beef chuck roast: A less expensive cut of beef that really shines with slow and low cooking. Shoulder roast or round roast is fine, too.
  2. Bacon: Just a few slices of bacon add wonderfully smoky flavor and provide just enough fat for browning the beef.
  3. Red wine: Bourguignon or "from Bourgogne" is usually made with a red Burgundy, aka Pinot Noir. I've also made this with Côtes du Rhône and a Beaujolais and it's always a hit. Buy what you like to drink. Or substitute more beef broth.
  4. Beef broth: I always keep a jar of “Better than Bouillon” beef base in the fridge, a paste which is similar to bullion cubes and you dissolve it in boiling water. It is widely available and tastes delicious. You can substitute chicken broth, too.
  5. Pearl onions: Frozen pearl onions are already peeled and ready to eat; that means less work for you. 
  6. Yield: A 4-pound roast should make 12 servings of Beef Bourguignon as a meal.
  7. Make ahead: The flavor of Beef Bourguignon improves if you make it a day ahead. Let the dish cool and refrigerate overnight. Reheat gently on the stove, using more broth or a splash of wine. Or reheat in a slow cooker for 3 to 4 hours on HIGH.
  8. Storage: Keep leftovers in the refrigerator and eat within 4 days.
  9. Freezing: This recipe freezes really well. Label, date, and enjoy within 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
  10. Browning the beef: If you run out of bacon grease while browning the meat, just add some olive oil to keep things going.
  11. Browning the vegetables: In Julia Childs' famous version of Boeuf Bourguignon, she browns the vegetables in the bacon fat after she browns the beef (before stirring in the garlic and deglazing the pan).
  12. Check the liquid in the pot: All Dutch ovens and ovens are different, so if the braising juices run low while baking, add a little extra wine or broth to keep things from drying out.

Nutrition

Serving: 4ouncesCalories: 433kcal
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  1. This sounds delicious. In your estimation, is there any chance the recipe could be adapted to the Duo Evo Plus Instant Pot?

    1. Hi Pam, yes absolutely 100%. Here’s an overview, but please refer to the original recipe for all exact details (i.e., make sure you season the beef even though I’m not stating it here; I’m just listing the steps related to the IP).
      1. Start by browning the bacon using the Saute function. Then, remove the bacon and brown the beef in the rendered bacon fat. You might need to cut the beef into smaller pieces to fit it, and you might have to do it in batches. Depends on the size of your IP.
      2. Take out the browned beef, then stir in the garlic. Pour in the wine to deglaze. Add beef broth, tomato paste, thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-high and cook uncovered for 10 minutes, until the sauce has reduced.
      3. Add the bacon, beef, carrots, mushrooms, and frozen onions. Cover and lock the pot. To cook, press the “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” button and set it to cook for 60 minutes. When finished, let the steam pressure release naturally, about 15 minutes.
      4. When the valve drops, unseal the top of the pot. Take out the beef and vegetables. Shred the beef and serve the beef, sauce, and vegetables over buttered noodles (or mashed potatoes or whatever you want).

      I hope this helps! If you have any questions let me know. We will post an instant pot version when we get a chance so the recipe is ready and waiting for you in the future. Thank you! -Meggan