Should You Sear or Brown Meat Before Adding to Slow Cooker?
Brown Meat to Boost Flavor
If you have a few extra minutes when preparing anything in a slow cooker, try browning your meat before adding it to the cooker. It boosts the flavor and color of any dish, but can be skipped if you’re in a hurry.
Sear Before Slow Cooking
By quickly searing the flank steak before adding it to the slow cooker you increase the flavor tenfold and also improve the meat's texture. Deglazing the pan and adding the drippings to the slow cooker also adds another layer of intense, delicious flavor.