Place a large skillet over medium heat with the EVOO, one turn of the pan. Add the bacon to the pan and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and reserve.
Return the skillet to medium-high heat with the bacon fat. Season both sides of the brisket with salt and pepper and sear on all sides until golden brown, 3-4 minutes per side.
While the meat is searing, add the reserved bacon and the leeks, tomatoes, garlic, bay leaf, beef stock or broth, thyme, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and honey to the crock of a slow cooker. Season with salt and pepper and stir to combine.
Add the seared meat to the crock pot and cover. Cook on high for 7 hours or low for 9-10 hours, until the meat is tender.
Serve in shallow bowls with the salad and croutons on top.
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