Half Beef Broth/Half Chicken broth - the beef for it's richness, the chicken to help mellow it out. Rub roast down with cracked pepper and sea salt, thyme, garlic powder (or slit roast and stuff cloves in), onion powder - sear in olive oil on all sides. Remove roast, add chopped onion, celery, and carrots - saute. Remove and deglaze pan with liquid (either broth, brandy, or red wine) Add to broth in crock pot along with the roast. Add a few bay leaves and cook. About an hour before service add potatoes and more carrots, and onions if you wish. Remove roast and veg and strain liquid to make gravy if you desire.