Having made Pulled Pork a number of times already with pretty good success, I thought I would try my hand at BBQ Beef. I googled "crockpot BBQ beef" to try to get a few ideas, but my general formula for BBQ has been covering the meat with a spice rub (Grand Central market has a good spice store with a lot interesting spice combinations), adding a little Worcestershire sauce and I enjoy adding honey to give the meat a little bit of sweetness.
I had purchased a couple packs of stew meet from Gristedes on 85th and Columbus and I used "Char Crust", a spice rub I had purchase while I was in San Francisco a couple months ago, along with some Worcestershire sauce and honey. One change I made this time was I added a little bit of beer to the meat as I had read that it gives meat a nice flavor. I also happened to have a few beers left over from a party I had last week. I blended these things together in a bowl and then emptied them into my crockpot, setting it for 12 hours on low.
On a side note as to how easy and cheap it is to make your own BBQ, the meat ran me $10 for two pounds and I completed all of the above steps at about 4:30 in the morning after a night of drinking. I was greeted at noon with the smell of slow cooked meat, but I still had a few hours to go until it would be ready. My roommate's mom happens to make the best homemade pulled pork and BBQ beef I have ever tasted and I decided to try to emulate some of her techniques, adding the BBQ sauce ("Bone Suckin Sauce" in this case which surprisingly sold at Duane Reade) directly into the meet while I was shredding it.
The beef came apart easily with fork shredding although I wonder if maybe 12 hours was a little too long because it seemed a little overdone. The beef was also a lot less fatty than the usual pork shoulder that I use so I think that may be a factor as well. Nonetheless, it tastes pretty good but I'll wait until others try it before I make any final conclusions.