Slow-cooking beef brings out the rich, deep flavor of the meat and gives it time to tenderize while you devote your attention elsewhere. When you roast beef in a Crock-Pot, you don't need to add liquid unless you're also cooking vegetables -- the meat's own juices stop it from drying out. To create a healthier meal, brown the beef before slow-cooking it. This process brings out the beef's flavor and allows you to skim more fat from the meat.
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Trim fat from the beef. Brown the meat lightly on all sides in a skillet, and drain out the excess fat. Pat the meat dry with a paper towel.
Mix salt, pepper and any strongly-flavored seasonings you desire, such as minced garlic, onions or chili powder. Rub the seasonings into the meat.
Put the beef in the Crock-Pot and cover the pot. Set the slow cooker to low heat. Cook the meat for 10 to 12 hours.
Add mildly-flavored dried herbs or spices, such as sage, basil, white pepper, cinnamon, cloves or orange zest to the Crock-Pot after 8 to 10 hours. Add mildly-flavored fresh herbs during the last 30 minutes of cooking.