Crockpot French Dip square - dipping into au jus


This recipe takes little prep and makes the most delicious, tender beefy sandwiches. You just can't beat juicy shredded beef piled high on a hard roll, topped with cheese, then dipped into a rich au jus.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keywords crockpot dinner, french dip appetizer, french dip sandwich
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 710 kcal
Author Linda Warren


  • 3-4 lbs. boneless chuck roast
  • 1 large onion, sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 beef bouillon cube
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3-4 peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced garlic
  • Beef broth (about 2 cups)
  • Hoagie rolls or French bread
  • Swiss or Provolone cheese slices


  1. Trim excess fat from chuck roast. Place roast and onion in bottom of crockpot. Combine remaining ingredients except for beef broth and pour over roast.
  2. Add enough beef broth to barely cover meat.
  3. Cook on low for 7-8 hours. When done, remove meat from broth and place in bowl. Using 2 forks, shred beef, discarding any leftover fat.
  4. Strain broth for dipping. Set aside.
  5. Cut rolls or bread in half. Place on an aluminum foil covered cookie sheet. Pile beef on half of bread. Cover with slices of cheese.
  6. Heat broiler.
  7. Place sandwiches under broiler and cook until cheese melts and starts to brown.
  8. To serve, place sandwiches on plate with dipping bowls of au jus (beef broth) on the side.
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 710 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 36g 55%
Saturated Fat 16g 80%
Cholesterol 182mg 61%
Sodium 1771mg 74%
Potassium 848mg 24%
Total Carbohydrates 37g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 5g
Protein 58g 116%
Vitamin A 5.6%
Vitamin C 2.3%
Calcium 28%
Iron 89.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.