This recipe was born out of necessity and a little trial-and-error. See, I had bought a roast when it was on sale “Buy 1, Get 1 Free”, but I didn’t know what I wanted to do with it. It was summertime and I wasn’t really feeling pot roast (as delicious as it is), so when I stumbled upon a recipe for Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches that are made with a roast, I knew I had to try it.
So, try it I did. And it turned out great! Because it’s a slow cooker recipe, it didn’t heat up my house too much (I do toast my buns – which is a MUST HAVE in my book), but that doesn’t take very long. And it can cook for a very long time, allowing me to start it in the morning and forget about it for much of the day. I like that!
These are delicious and fun for the whole family. My husband really likes them as it’s a pretty meaty, manly meal. My boys really like them cause it’s fun to dip your sandwich into something. I really like them because they’re easy AND my kids aren’t automatically dipping them into ketchup!
Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches
- 3 lb beef chuck roast trimmed of excess fat
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 Tbs minced garlic
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 2 large onions, sliced thin
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 cups beef broth
- 2 Tbs dry minced onions
- 1 Tbs beef bouillon (3 bouillon cubes)
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/4 tsp dried thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- 6 Rolls - as hearty as you can find
- 6 slices provolone cheese
Preparing the Slow Cooker Ingredients:
- Heat olive oil in a pan. Sprinkle roast with salt and pepper and cook in a non-stick skillet for 2-3 minutes per side.
- Slice onions thin, and mince garlic, and add to now empty skillet, cook for about 3-5 minutes, until slightly browned.
- Add to slow cooker along with all the slow cooker ingredients. Cook on low for 4-5 hours.
- When done, remove roast from slow cooker and shred. Return to the slow cooker for another 1-2 hours.
Bake Your Buns:
- Before ready to serve, butter the inside of your buns. You can also sprinkle with garlic powder or garlic salt if you want - and I always want!
- Bake at 375 degrees for about 5 minutes. Spoon the meat/onion mixture onto the bottom of the buns. Add onions to the sandwiches if desired.
- Cover with cheese and bake until cheese is melty.
Preparing Your Au Jus:
- Take the liquid left in the slow cooker pour some into little dipping bowls.
Jayme is a wife to 1 and a mother to four little boys. She tries to coupon, builds a smart stockpile, and always meal plans. While she likes to cook, she’s in the stage of life where simple is usually better – she never knows how many hands she’ll have free at dinner time! You can find her at No Regrets Living.