Recipe courtesy of The Hancock Inn

Shaker Cranberry Pot Roast

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 5 hr 30 min
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Cook: 5 hr
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings
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10 pounds scalped beef shoulder

Garlic cloves, for rubbing beef

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 quart cranberry juice

Cranberry Sauce, recipe follows

1 1/2 gallons Veal Stock, recipe follows

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Garlic Mashed Potatoes, serving suggestion, recipe follows

Cranberry Sauce:

3 cups whole cranberries

6 ounces sugar

2 cups water

Veal Stock:

12 pounds veal bones

9 quarts water

1 1/2 pounds mirepoix (mix of chopped celery, onions, and carrots)

1 standard sachet of garlic cloves, peppercorns, parsley stems, and bay leaves

1 can tomato paste

Garlic Mashed Potatoes:

2 1/2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled

4 ounces chopped roasted garlic

3/4 cup half-and-half

4 ounces (1 stick) butter

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 
  2. Clean the beef shoulder and then split it in half. Rub meat with garlic. Heat oil in a large pan over medium-high heat, and then add beef and sear until golden brown on all sides. Add cranberry juice and deglaze pan, scraping the bottom with a wooden spoon to remove any browned bits. Transfer beef and pan juices to a roasting pan with the Cranberry Sauce and Veal Stock. Roast for approximately 5 hours, or until meat is completely tender and pulling apart. Serve with Garlic Mashed Potatoes.

Cranberry Sauce:

  1. Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan and slowly bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low or low and let sauce reduce until thickened and the sauce "comes together," about 1 hour.

Veal Stock:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 
  2. Roast the bones in the oven for 1 hour. Put the roasted bones in a large pot and add water to cover. Add all other ingredients and simmer for 24 hours. Drain stock and discard bones.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes:

Yield: 8 to 10 servings
  1. Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water. Over medium heat, bring to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are tender. Drain potatoes and add to a mixing bowl. Add all remaining ingredients and mash with an electric mixer or hand mixer to desired smoothness.