Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches


Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich

I am pretty sure I am not alone in my love of the slow cooker. Even though I work from home, it is so nice to put something in the crock pot, and not have to worry about what I am going to do for dinner. I struggle sometimes though, with things that the whole family will enjoy.  Well, this one hits the marks for everyone!

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich

French Dips are one of my favorite sandwiches, and always have been. If it is on a restaurant menu, chances are I am going to order it. Something about the tender beef, and the delicious sauce you get to dip it in. Add in a good crusty bun, and I am in heaven! This version has to be my favorite I have ever made at home. It came together in minutes, and was ready and waiting for us at dinner.  The sauce was incredible. It has so much flavor, and wasn’t too salty like a lot of them can be.  My 7 year old liked this so much, when my back was turned he drank what was left of his au jus sauce.

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich

My husband loves to spice up his with a few banana peppers and Sriracha sauce. Both my guys prefer slices of provolone cheese on their sandwich as well. I am more of a purist. I just like the meat, and lots of that yummy juice.

Yields 8

Tender pieces of beef in a delicious au jus sauce. Made in the slow cooker, so it is ready when you get home from a busy day

15 minPrep Time

8 hrCook Time

8 hr, 15 Total Time

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  • 1 (4 pound) beef roast, boneless
  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 whole black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 8 hoagie rolls
  • Optional toppings
  • Provolone cheese
  • Banana Peppers
  • Sriracha Sauce


  1. Trim the roast of the visible fat. Place the roast in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients (not including the buns or toppings) to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  3. Remove the roast, and shred or slice the meat. Return to the slow cooker.
  4. Slice hoagie rolls. If using cheese, place a slice of cheese inside the bun. Fill with sliced roast. Top as desired. Serve with a small bowl of the broth for dipping.


Adapted from The Girl Who Ate Everything



  1. My husband will love this post! He is such a big fan of French Dip sandwiches, yet we never have them at home. I am a fan of anything in the slow cooker so I will certainly try these!

    xo Jackie

  2. I love french dip too, and I love, even more, that this can be made in a slow cooker. Brilliant! Thank you for sharing. I can’t wait to give this a try (and I know my husband will be thrilled too!)

  3. If you can believe it, I’ve never had a french dip sandwich. I know I’d like it too so I’m positive I’m missing out! Need to put this on my menu very soon!

  4. I don’t use my slow cooker very often because I’m never super-happy with the way meat turns out. But in a French Dip I totally want that really really moist meat. I’m totally going to try this, maybe even tomorrow!

  5. I love a good French Dip and this recipe sure looks like it delivers.

  6. Oooo, we love French dip sandwiches! Didn’t even think before about using a slow cooker for them. Thanks for the recipe!

  7. This sandwich looks great, I’d love one for dinner!

  8. Omigosh – this is brilliant! I love the slow cooker, too, and my husband LOVES French dips! Thanks for helping me to score some wife points, Erin!! 🙂

  9. Seriously… I dream about sandwiches like this!

  10. I haven’t had a French dip in years and I simply don’t pull out my slow cooker often enough. This is definitely a reason to change both of those things.

    I love that your little guy drank the au jus when you weren’t looking!

  11. We love french dip sandwiches too! I take a ridiculously easy route and just take deli roast beef, brown it in a pan with olive oil. I will have to try this recipe next time we get a hankering for them!

  12. I think this is my favorite dinner! YUM!

  13. Oh my, these look fantastic. I love that you made them in the slow-cooker. Set it and forget it!

  14. Looks like a winning sandwich. Love a slow cooker meal too. 🙂

  15. Followed the recipe exactly… WONDERFUL. Kids gobbled it up too! 🙂


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