1 medium onion cut into 1 inch pieces
1 boneless beef chuck or English roast 4 to 5 pounds
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 cup water
1 cup hoisin sauce
3 medium plums or 6 pitted dried plums, halved (may substitute canned plums)
Place onion in a 5 quart slow cooker. Cut roast in half. In a skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; brown the meat. Transfer meat to slow cooker.
Combine water and hoisin sauce; pour over meat. Top with plums.
Cook, covered, on low until meat is tender, 8-10 hours. Skim fat.
Prep time 20 minutes
Slow cook time 8 or more hours