Cook your meat in batches. You don’t want to crowd the pan. As your meat cooks, it will start to give off moisture. If there's not enough room in the pan, it’ll steam instead of browning and getting a nice flavorful sear.
Would you rather set your stew in your slow cooker for the day? Great idea! Once you brown your meat and vegetables in the bacon fat, you can add your ingredients to your slow cooker and finish off your stew in your slow cooker for 4 hours on high or 6-7 hours on low.
This old fashioned homemade beef stew is a wonderful hearty stew and would be perfect for your next camping trip to enjoy while sitting around the campfire.