French Dip Sandwiches Done in the Slow Cooker - Our Favorite Way

Prep Time
Cook Time
4h 15m
Ready In

"My family and I very much enjoy French Dip sandwiches and I love anything good that comes out of the slow cooker due to its ease. This recipe results in succulent tasting meat and excellent gravy. I normally make this recipe during the work week where I prepare it in the morning before going to work and upon my return from a full days work all I have to do is finish it off and voila there's a great tasting meal done where it seems like minutes. Enjoy!"

Original recipe yields 7 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (470.5 g)
  • Calories 841.8
  • Total Fat - 28.4 g
  • Saturated Fat - 10.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 244.6 mg
  • Sodium - 3170 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 52.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 3.3 g
  • Sugars - 5.3 g
  • Protein - 85.7 g
  • Calcium - 458.8 mg
  • Iron - 11.1 mg
  • Vitamin C - 1.1 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.7 mg

Step 1

Remove visible fat from the beef. Run it under cold water to wash it briefly. Place roast into a 4.5 - 6 quart slow cooker.

Step 2

Add the next 7 ingredients (onion soup mix through horseradish) distributing each ingredient evenly over and around the roast.

Step 3

Add the soy sauce, beer, and water onto and around the roast. Break up the bouillon cubes distributing it evenly into the liquid in the slow cooker. Add the bay leaves into the liquid.

Step 4

Cover and cook for 8 hours on the low setting or 4 - 5 hours on the high setting. Once completed, the meat should be fork tender and falling apart.

Step 5

Remove the meat from slow cooker and either slice thinly or shred with two forks.

Step 6

Carefully skim off the fat that has reached to the top. (Refer to NOTE below).

Step 7

Return meat back into the gravy for meat to soak up the juices.

Step 8

Using slotted spoon or tongs, distribute meat evenly over the sub rolls. Top with cheese if desired.

Step 9

Place open faced sandwiches under a broiler until cheese melts. (Depending on the mood, I sometimes toast the bread slightly, prior to topping the bread with the meat)

Step 10

(Some in my family like to add very thinly sliced red onion to these sandwiches, but this choice is up to you depending on tastes).

Step 11

To serve; place a sandwich onto a serving plate. Spoon enough of the au jus gravy onto small serving bowls big enough to dip each sandwich into it.

NOTE: At times when I have enough time, after I remove the beef from the gravy, I strain the gravy into a container. I place the container in the freezer so that the fat that rises to the top solidifies which makes the fat easy peasy to remove. I then add the skimmed gravy back into the crock pot; setting the setting on high to heat the au jus gravy prior to adding the beef

Tips & Variations

  • Slow cooker (4.5 - 6 quart size)



Oh so good and easy to make. I had two servings and wanted more. fEM thanks so much for sharing this great recipe

review by:
(1 Oct 2020)


Yummers! I cooked the roast a couple of days in advance to serve my family over the Thanksgiving holiday week. My house smelled awesome! When I was ready to serve them.......I wrapped up each bun and meat in foil for individual sandwiches and heated them in the oven for about 15 minutes. Then everyone added whatever condiments they wanted. These were a total hit with my crowd. I kept hearing comments (in between bites) that these were some of the best French Dips that I had ever made. Everyone loved the au jus too. Thanks for sharing this great keeper, Nat.

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(2 Dec 2019)

Never thought that I could make French Dip Sandwiches which is one of our favorites. And so easy with the crock pot. The whole day the house smelled amazing and the end product was so good. The spices completed the meat so well and the broth is perfect, better than any I've had anywhere. Thanks so much for posting

(15 Dec 2018)


This is a very tasty French Dip recipe. The meat is very tender and flavorful. It was perfect on sub buns. Thank you!

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(9 Nov 2018)


Fabulous sandwiches! It is so hot where I live right now I just couldn't handle heating up the kitchen or cooking on the grill. This hit the spot!! Hoped we would have enough left over for lunch today, but it was all gobbled up. Thanks for sharing! Made for FYC tag game.

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(27 Jun 2016)

Daily Inspiration

We really enjoyed these sandwiches. Very easy to make with great results. I split the time in the slow cooker -- 3 hours on high and then 2 on slow and the roast was really nice and tender.

(24 Apr 2016)