Combine 1 tablespoon brown sugar and pepper; rub over both sides of steaks. Combine 1/4 cup brown sugar, onion, and next 9 ingredients (onion through salt) in an electric slow cooker. Add steaks; turn to coat. Cover with lid; cook on high-heat setting for 1 hour. Reduce heat setting to low; cook for 7 hours. Remove steaks; reserve sauce. Shred steaks with 2 forks. Return shredded steak to cooker; stir into sauce. Spoon 1/2 cup steak mixture onto bottom half of each roll; top with onion and pickles, if desired. Cover with tops of rolls.
ALWAYS a hit with company; serve with onion rolls (versus plain buns), cole slaw on the side and don't forget the pickles!! It makes enough for a crowd, and the house definitely smells awesome upon guests' arrival. Yes, it can be a little on the sweet side, but that's where the pickles come in. Fantastic!
My teens love this. Sometimes I use a brisket or a top sirloin. Any roast will do. I sometimes serve it with mashed potatos intead of the rolls. It is a little on the sweet side so sometimes I reduce the sugar, depending on who is coming to dinner. It's so easy, and the house smells so good when I get home from work.