“Beer Rocks” (Bierocks)


These are from my husband’s side of the family.  Essentially it’s sweetened dough with a savory hamburger and cabbage filling.


  • 1 small head cabbage
  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 2 lg. onions
  • Worcestershire sauce (the recipe calls for 1 tsp., but my MIL adds WAY more than that)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Shred cabbage and chop onions.
  2. Brown ground beef.  (Try saying that five times fast).
  3. When meat is browned, remove from pan, reserving drippings.
  4. Add shredded cabbage and chopped onions to pan with reserved drippings, steam until tender, approx. 15 minutes.
  5. Add seasonings. Cool mixture if you have the time to.


  • 1 pkg. yeast
  • 2 cups warm milk or water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 7 or 8 cups flour (enough to make soft dough)


  1. Soften yeast in liquid.
  2. Using stand mixer, mix remaining ingredients to liquid.  Let rise until doubled. Punch down and let rise again. 
  3. Divide dough in half.  Roll half of dough out at a time until 3/8 in. thick.  Cut into squares of about 5 or 6 inches. 
  4. Place portion of filling in the center of squares and bring corners together.  Pinch openings securely. 
  5. Place on cookie sheet with seams down.  Butter squares generously and let rise until doubled. 
  6. Bake in 350F oven until golden brown, approx. 20 minutes.  Recipe claims to make 24, but we always wind up with approx. 18.

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