Okay, this might not seem like a life-changing thing to you, but it was to me.
Sear your meat before you put it in the crock-pot or oven.
Honestly, my mom has suggested I do that for years. I've been married for twenty years and that's probably how long she's been telling me that.
One night during Thanksgiving week, my mom made pot roast for all of us. I've eaten a lot of pot roast in my day but her pot roast was to die for. My sister and I both commented that our roast never tastes that delicious or tender. And of course, my mom said that the secret was to sear the meat.
I came home from Thanksgiving and decided to try it. Twenty years later I decided to listen. No, I'm not the least bit stubborn. Why do you ask?
Guess what? My mom was right! Searing is the key to tender, fall-apart meat.
Perhaps you've known this for awhile but humor me because I'm just now realizing that I can make delicious roast too!
shredded beef tacos (really easy and really good!) and of course I seared the meat and of course they were delicious and tender.
Here's the nitty gritty:
Pour some oil in a heavy skillet or stock-pot and let it get really hot.
Add your meat.
Let it get nice and brown on every side. I use my tongs to help me hold it at weird angles to get the sides nice and brown too.
Then transfer the meat to your crock-pot or oven to finish cooking.
See how simple that is? It's a tiny bit messy but very worth it!
Confession: I put the ingredients for beef stew in the crock-pot a few minutes ago and I didn't sear the stew meat. Gasp. I didn't sear it mainly because I enjoy irony, but also because it wasn't completely thawed and I was in a hurry. It will still be good, but it would be better if I had seared it first.
Don't be a stubborn, slow learner like I was. SEAR your meat!!!
Thank you, mom!