This was a recent post on my Facebook page:
Let’s talk pot roast: Do you brown before crock pot or not? The answer: about 50-50. There were 18 comments from my friends, 9 said yes, 7 said no, and 2 said “sometimes.” I was asking because I usually do, but I was feeling particularly lazy that day and just didn’t feel like dragging out the skillet, browning the meat, then having to wash the skillet afterwards. So, I just seasoned it, threw it in the crockpot with a chopped up onion, and let that baby cook. And you know what? It tasted just the same as if I had browned it. With less work. I don’t know if I will continue to cook my pot roasts this way in the future or not, because I have suffered pot roast guilt over this. But who knows, maybe I can do it half the time.
Whether you brown or you don’t, you can try out this tasty Slow Cooker Pepsi Pot Roast at Feisty Frugal & Fabulous. It takes a little bit more work to get this one started than the one I made today, but hey, what’s another minute or two? And what do you do? Brown or not?