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Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich

Easy slow cooker French Dip Sandwich recipe, homemade with simple ingredients. Loaded with shredded beef, caramelized onions and served with Au Jus gravy.


  • 1 tbsp Butter, Unsalted
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 3 pounds Chuck roast, Trimmed of excess fat
  • Salt, To taste
  • Pepper, To taste
  • 1/2 cup Onions, Sliced
  • 3 cloves Garlic, Finely minced
  • 1 can Beer, 12 oz. can
  • 2 cups Beef broth, Low sodium
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp Dried thyme
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 8 Rolls, Large, Brushed with garlic butter and toasted in oven until golden brown, Consider using crusty bread like French baguette, French rolls, hoagie rolls so they absorb the Au jus better
  • 8-10 slices Provolone cheese


  • Season roast with salt and pepper. Keep aside.
  • Heat butter and oil in a large nonstick pot or pan and sear all the sides until golden brown.
  • Transfer meat to your slow cooker.
  • In the same pot or pan you browned the meat, add onions, garlic and saute for a few minutes until garlic is fragrant.
  • Add beer and deglaze the pan, scraping all the brown bits from the bottom of the pot.
  • Transfer this onion mixture and all the juices to the slow cooker.
  • Add broth, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, additional salt and pepper (if necessary). Mix.
  • Cover and cook on High heat for 3-4 hours or on Low heat for 5-6 hours or until meat is very tender.
  • Transfer meat to a serving dish and shred it with 2 forks.
  • Discard the bay leaf.
  • Strain liquid remaining in crockpot through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl and serve this strained Au jus with sandwiches for dipping. On busy days, I just skip this straining step and shred the meat in the crockpot and it still tastes really good.
  • Transfer the shredded meat and the onions back into the slow cooker. Pour over a little bit of au jus to moisten the meat.
  • Pile meat onto toasted buttered rolls.
  • Top with cheese. Heat in oven on broiler setting until cheese starts melting. I also added some sliced jalapenos because I really like them.
  • Enjoy with the strained Au jus. If there is not enough Au jus for everyone, mix in a a little more broth to the Au jus.


  • If you are short on time, add all the ingredients in a crockpot. Mix everything together. Cover and cook on Low heat for 8 hours or until meat is very tender.
  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days and reheated in the microwave. 


Calories: 794kcal, Carbohydrates: 48g, Protein: 61g, Fat: 38g, Saturated Fat: 17g, Cholesterol: 179mg, Sodium: 894mg, Potassium: 852mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 311IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 253mg, Iron: 19mg