Everyone loves a lusciously tender, deliciously messy French Dip Sandwich!
Chuck roast is slow-cooked in beef broth and onions until perfectly melt in your mouth tender. It’s set on a crusty roll and dipped in the juices for the perfect sandwich!
BREAD French Dip sandwiches scream for baguette-style French rolls. I love a crusty roll with a bit of chew plus it softens when dipped without falling apart.
Truthfully, any bread that is dense enough to hold all the meat and dipping into the au jus will do just as well! Kaiser rolls? Yes! Onion rolls? Yes? Even heavy burger buns will do in a pinch!
BEEF Most French dip recipes are made with chuck or rump roast. The beef cooks until tender and we find it easiest to pull the beef into big chunks instead of cutting it. As long as it is braised in liquid and extra tender, it will be perfect in French dips!
AU JUS This is the juices in the slow cooker we use for dipping. I add plenty of onions plus a sprig of rosemary for flavor.
CHEESE I do not shy away from cheese however I don’t usually add cheese to this sandwich. If you want to add cheese, provolone is a great choice!
How To Make French Dip
This slow cooker recipe is as easy as 1, 2, 3!
- Season roast and brown in a large pan on all sides.
- Add all ingredients in a slow cooker and cook 8 hours on low or 4 hour on high, until the roast is tender. If your beef is not tender, it likely needs more time.
- Remove the beef and let it rest 15 minutes before slicing or shredding.
Serve with toasted hoagie rolls or bread of your choice and dip in the juices.
How To Make Au Jus For French Dip
Technically, the ‘au jus’ is simply the liquid in the slow cooker that the chuck roast and other ingredients were cooked in.
I like to add the tiniest bit of cornstarch mixed with water to the slow cooker while the meat rests. The just shouldn’t be thickened like it would when making make gravy but I do like to add a tiny bit to it.
You should have lots of flavorful juice in the slow cooker. Once shredded or cut, you can add the beef back to the juices to keep it warm. This is a great way to serve a crowd
More Delicious Beef Sandwiches
- Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches – easy to make & serve!
- My Favorite Reuben Sandwich – classic Irish recipe
- Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Sandwiches – always a crowd pleaser!
- Slow Cooker Shredded Beef – great in a taco, enchilada or sandwich!
- Reuben Sandwich Sliders – great party food
- 3-4 pounds chuck roast or rump roast
- salt and pepper to taste
- 10 ½ ounces beef broth low sodium
- 10 ½ ounces onion soup low sodium
- 1 onion sliced
- 12 ounces light beer
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 sprig rosemary optional
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 8 french rolls or 2 baguettes cut into 6" rolls
- 8 tablespoons butter
- Season roast with salt & pepper. Brown in a large pan over medium high heat.
- Place remaining ingredients (except rolls and butter) in a slow cooker. Cook on low 8 hours or on high 4 hours or until beef is tender.
- Once roast is tender, remove from the juices and let rest 15 minutes. Shred or slice beef.
- Butter rolls and heat under a broiler until lightly toasted. Top rolls with beef and serve with jus from the slow cooker for dipping.
Cheese can be added to the broiled rolls. If you don't want to use beer, you can replace it with extra beef broth. Option: Combine 1-2 teaspoons of cornstarch with an equal amount of water. Add the the juices in the slow cooker while the meat is resting. You do not want to thicken the jus but this just adds a bit of body.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)