Everything you love about French dip sandwiches but made easy by using the slow cooker. Tuck melt in your mout shredded beef and onions into crusty rolls, top with cheese and dip in the flavorful au Jus!
I tend to shy away from a lot of slow cooker recipes.
Usually they contain cream of blah-de-blah soup or packets of this-or-that. Until the light bulb went off that crock-pot-cooking didn’t have to be that way for me. And when Real Simple asked me to do a slow cooker recipe for their Simply Stated section, I took my regular old recipe for French dip sandwiches and scratchified it.
So, as promised here is the step-by-step to the most fabulous of fabulous slow cooker French dip sandwiches.
To Make This Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches You Will Need:
- olive oil
- beef chuck roast
- kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- yellow onions
- garlic cloves
- kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- low-sodium beef broth
- dry red wine
- soy sauce
- all-natural beef concentrate
- hoagie rolls
Start off by adding 2 tablespoons of extra light olive oil in a large 10 or 12-inch pan. Get the pan nice and hot over medium-high heat.
I let my 5 pound roast sit on the counter for about a half hour or so beforehand to take some of the chill off. Then I season the chuck roast with a generous amount of kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper.
When the pan is good to go, drop in the roast.
Sear both sides for about 3-4 minutes and don’t turn it until there is a nice golden crust goin’ on.
Turn off the heat and add in a half cup of dry red wine. With a wooden spatula, scrape up the bits stuck to the bottom of the pan and remove off of the burner.
If you’re not into wine then use a half cup of beef broth.
Peel and slice up 2 large yellow onions.
Then smash and peel 4 cloves of garlic.
Into the slow cooker add the roast, onions and garlic cloves.
And then pour in 4 cups beef broth.
Then pour in 1 bottle of beer.
Pour 1/2 cup dry red wine into the pan and scrape any browned bits up with a wooden spatula, before adding to the slow cooker. More broth can be substituted for the wine.
And then 1 tablespoon soy sauce, this may just be the secret ingredient.
Then add in the 4 packets of all natural beef concentrate. My grocery store has these on the shelf right next to the bullion. But if you can’t find any then just use 4 teaspoons of bullion granules.
Lastly, pour in 1-1/2 cups water.
Stir to incorporate.
Set your slow cooker on high and forget it. Well, for 4 hours at least. Alternatively, cook on low for 7 to 8 hours.
When the time comes to unveil the goods; the meat will be tender and the onions soft and perfectly cooked.
Carefully remove the beef and place on a carving board. Use a couple of forks to shred the beef and place it back into the slow cooker with the onions and broth.
Preheat your broiler.
Tuck the shredded beef and onions on a sliced hoagie. Top with a slice of swiss and melt under the broiler. Watch carefully to avoid burning.
I was chasing day light, I had to quickly shoot these final shots.
Lastly, pour a little of the broth aka au jus and dunk your French dip sandwich before every bite. These French dip sandwiches are so good. Promise.
Enjoy! And if you give this Slow Cooker French Dip recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!
Crock Pot French Dip Sandwiches
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 5 pound boneless beef chuck roast
- kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup dry red wine, may be substituted with beef broth
- 2 large yellow onions, halved and sliced
- 4 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
- 4 cups low-sodium beef broth
- 12 ounces beer
- 4 packets all-natural beef concentrate, or four teaspoons bullion granules
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1½ water
- 8 crusty hoagie rolls
- 16 slices swiss cheese
- Pull out the roast thirty minutes before searing, to bring it up in temperature a bit.
- Heat the two tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Season both sides of the roast with salt and pepper.
- Once the pan is hot sear each side of the roast for 3-4 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and deglaze the pan with the half cup of red wine, scraping the browned bits up with a wooden spoon. Beef stock may be substituted.
- To a large 5-quart slow cooker; add the seared roast, onions, garlic, wine reduction, broth, water, beer, beef concentrate and soy sauce. Secure the lid and set the temp to high for 4 hours or low for 7-8 hours.
- Once cooked, carefully remove the roast to a carving board and shred with a couple of forks.
- Remove and discard any large garlic pieces before returning the shredded roast back into the crock pot.
- Preheat your broiler.
- Tuck the shredded beef and onions on a sliced hoagie. Top with a slice of swiss and melt under the broiler. Watch carefully to avoid burning.
- Spoon some of the au jus in little bowls to dunk the sandwiches.
Buy the Cookbook: Simply Scratch : 120 Wholesome Homemade Recipes Made Easy Now available on Amazon »
THANK YOU in advance for your support!
laurie..that looks so good..you are making me drool..
The husband LOVES french dip sandwiches and I LOVE anything I can make in the crockpot, which means this WILL be dinner. But I won't tell him how easy this is 😉
I am all over these, Laurie. I adore French Dips and I'll take any excuse to take help from the crock pot. These sound so flavorful!
I can't even taaaaake it! Looks. so. good.
Looks awesome! I had never heard of french dips until good old Sprinkles of Parsley made them. Lloyd saw them and I HAD to make them…. immediately. YUM!
oh man, girl you rocked this recipe for sure. It looks perfect.
Omg I've been waiting all weekend for this post…feed me!
I have been craving a french dip sandwich for a few days now. The only question is when can I get to the store???
Beer AND wine? And onions? I'm in! These sound incredible, can't wait to try them!
My husband would love these! Love how there is beer & wine in this recipe.
I've gotta tell you, lady, I LOVE the crock pot. Mostly because I feel like you can throw any meat/veggie/spice/stock variation in there and it seems to always turn out great. Your recipe looks awesome, and I have never once tried making french dip innards in a crock, so this is definitely inspiring. I like that you brown the meat first to give it a nice crisp and flavor. One thing I
I've always loved a good french dip sandwich. Your recipe looks great!
I made this for lunch today. It was fabulous and my husband kept saying "yummm" every few bites. :o) Thanks for the recipes!
If you asked anyone I know what my favorite meal is, they would tell you a French Dip Sandwich. It's what I order in a restaurant 9 out of 10 times. I have made it a few times in the crock pot, once perfectly, but never right again. I like the soy sauce in your recipe, that is different. I will try it again and follow your instructions, thanks for sharing!
Everything is in the crockpot now. I can't wait to try the sandwiches. Never made a French Dip before–wild livin' on a Friday night. Thanks for the recipe.
Oh how I wish my 3 year old would eat beef, this looks so yummy!
Add some yummy cheese melted on top and I am sold. I think I will make this on the weekend. I am pinning it now so I don't lose it.
Laurie, you had me at the Badass beer. I'd forgotten you were a Michigan girl too. That makes us both totally BFF with Kid Rock. The sandwiches look awesome!
I just made this for dinner tonight. Oh my god it was SO good. And my house smelled awesome all day. I wanted to just pour myself a glass of au jus, but realized my family would think I was weird.
I made this tonight and it was DELICIOUS. The only thing I will change when I make it again this winter is to drain most of the oil from the pan before I add the red wine. I felt that the au jus ended up a touch oily in the end but everything about this recipe had incredible depth of flavor and was incredibly easy to prepare. This is how I will make french dip every time now!
Pingback: Whatever Friday | Crazy for Crust
This looks so amazing! I have a roast sitting in the fridge that is going straight into the pot tomorrow morning! This is one of my favorites, but I use deli beef, so rarely make it as I worry about the nitrates. It will be so awesome to be able to make it a regular menu item!! Thanks so much for sharing!
Pingback: Take the Plunge into Best Practice | wonderteacher.com
Hi, this sounds awesome and I dying to try it but, I’m allergic to the hops in beer. What do you think would be the best substitute so I don’t lose to much flavor?
Hi Elle! White wine for sure but make sure it’s a dry one! 😉
Today, there are two popular choices in grilling namely gas grills and charcoal grills.
They do not disappoint when it comes to durability. When
looking for gas grills on sale, the best brands to choose from are Weber, Char-Broil,
Brinkmann, and Coleman.
Pingback: A Historic Los Angeles Eatery: Philippe, The Original
Delish!!! I shredded it in my kitchen aid stand mixer!
Pingback: Incredible Slow Cooker Hacks You Should Know | WORLD Warotter
Pingback: 17 Brilliant Slow Cooker Hacks - Quick Look
Pingback: 18 Slow Cooker Hacks To Simplify Your Life - TodaysMama
Pingback: Bon Appetit - The Blueprints
Pingback: 15 Slow Cooker-hacks voor elk huishouden - My Blog
Pingback: 12 Brilliant Slow Cooker Tips That'll Help You Cook Like a Pro! - Sharp Aspirant