In a large skillet brown meat, half at a time, in hot oil. Drain off fat.
In a 3-1/2- or 4-quart crockery cooker place sweet potatoes, onion, and dried apples. Add meat. Sprinkle with tapioca, garlic, dried sage (if using), cardamom, and pepper. Pour broth and juice or cider over all.
Cover; cook on low-heat setting for 6 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 hours. If using, stir in the fresh sage. Makes 6 servings.