Crockpot French Dip Sandwiches

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Crockpot French Dip Sandwiches

Crockpot French Dip Sandwiches are an easy and delicious dinner recipe. This is something that my family enjoys year round, but they really hit the spot on a cool fall or winter day! This recipe is really easy to throw together in the morning and you get to come home to a house that smells amazing with dinner ready to go!

Ingredients

  • 3-4 lb Chuck Roast
  • Salt, pepper, and garlic powder
  • 2 TBSP butter
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 2 TBSP minced garlic
  • 2 TBSP of Worcestershire sauce
  • 12 oz of beer
  • 1 package of Au Jus
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • Sub rolls
  • Provolone cheese

Prepping the Crockpot French Dip Sandwiches

This recipe takes minimal prep work and in my opinion that is key for a go to slow cooker meal. To make it you’ll just need to grab a 3-4 pound chuck roast and season it on all sides with salt pepper and garlic.

Seasoned Chuck Roast

Next, you’ll just need to slice up an onion, gather the rest of the ingredients above, and you’re ready to get cooking.

Cooking the Crockpot French Dip Sandwiches

Place a large skillet over medium heat and drop in a couple tablespoons of butter. Once that’s melted carefully place your seasoned chuck roast into the pan.

Sear the roast for about 2 minutes on each side to form a nice crust.

Seared Roast

Once the roast is browned on all sides, remove it from the pan and place it into the bottom of your Crockpot.

With the pan still over medium heat add in your sliced onion, minced garlic, Worcestershire sauce, 12 ounces of beer, and an Au Jus packet. Stir that all together making sure to scrape all that good flavor out of the bottom of your skillet and allow it to come to a simmer.

Onions and seasonings

Once it’s bubbling and everything is incorporated just pour it over your roast along with 1 and a half cups of beef broth. Let the roast cook on low heat for 6-8 hours until is nice and tender and you’re ready to build your sandwiches!

Serving the Crockpot French Dips

Once the roast is tender remove it from the Crockpot with 2 forks discarding any extra fat. Then add the shredded beef back to the Crockpot and stir well.

Shredded Meat

Build your sandwiches on your favorite bread with provolone cheese. I like to put the sandwiches on a sheet pan and put them under the broiler in the oven just long enough to melt the cheese and get the bread a little bit crispy.

My favorite bread to use is the Italian bread from Sam’s Club or I also like buying bread from Jimmy John’s.

Serve the sandwiches with the extra Au Jus from the crockpot. Enjoy!

Crockpot French Dip Sandwiches

If you like this recipe check out some of my other favorite dinner recipes.

Tips and Frequently Asked Questions

  • Make sure the chuck roast is completely thawed for best cooking results.
  • Searing the chuck roast before adding it into the Crockpot produces the best flavor and helps to tenderize the meat.
  • If you don’t want to use beer, you could use more beef broth.
  • I cook my roasts on low for 8 hours, so the meat is nice and tender.
  • Cooking times may vary depending on size of the chuck roast.
  • My favorite bread for this recipe is the Italian bread from Sam’s Club or I like to buy bread from Jimmy John’s.
  • I prefer to use Chuck Roast, but just about any roast will work.
  • Any beer will work for this recipe. The darker the beer the more flavor it will give. I usually use Busch Light because that is usually what we have in the refrigerator.
Crockpot French Dip Sandwiches

Crockpot French Dip Sandwiches

This is an easy slow cooker recipe that my family loves to make with a chuck roast!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Crockpot French Dip Sandwiches
Servings: 6

Equipment

  • 1 Slow Cooker
  • 1 Stove

Ingredients

  • 3-4 lb Chuck Roast
  • Salt, pepper, and garlic powder
  • 2 TBSP butter
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 2 TBSP minced garlic
  • 2 TBSP of Worcestershire sauce
  • 12 oz of beer
  • 1 package of Au Jus
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • Sub rolls
  • Provolone cheese

Instructions

  • Season the chuck roast on all sides with salt, pepper, and garlic.
  • Melt butter in a skillet over medium high heat and sear chuck roast on all sides.
  • Put the seared chuck roast in a crock pot. Pour 1 1/2 cups of beef broth over the chuck roast.
  • Add sliced onions, minced garlic, Worcestershire sauce, beer, and Au Jus packet to the hot skillet stirring and letting it simmer.
  • Pour the onion and gravy mixture over chuck roast in the crock pot and let cook on low for 6-8 hours. Shred the meat and discard any extra fat.
  • Build sandwiches with the meat and provolone cheese. Put in the oven for just a few minutes to melt the cheese.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

If you prefer not to use beer you can use more beef broth instead. 
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10 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Love your recipes! So simple and amazing payout with flavor! Any chance we could make this in Slow cooker on high….? Or would meat be less tender?

    1. I have cooked that type of meat on high before and it came out great…took about 3 1/2 to 4 hours to fall apart. The main trick is browning it in the cast iron, my grandfather taught me that’s what holds the juices in to keep it tender. Hope that helps

    1. I just made this using Sam Adams Winter Lager, which is a seasonal offering this time of year. The flavor in the meat and the au jus sauce was outstanding. Luke’s recipe is absolutely fire! I made a double batch using two roasts with the intent of freezing one batch, which I did in individual servings in souper cubes. But my family keeps asking me to thaw another block and they’ve eaten six servings of french dip in 2 weeks, declaring it “better than any restaurant”. I have no more frozen french dips! 🙁

      So this recipe is a keeper and I would go with any lager style beer, based on my one time making it.

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