Beef/ Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich

This slow cooker French Dip sandwich is all about fork-tender slow-cooked chuck roast served over crusty rolls and topped with melting slices of provolone cheese. Dip in the au jus and eat your way into a warm, hearty dinner!

A slow cooker French Dip sandwich that's a perfect hot fix for cool weather. Dip, dip, dip it in some hearty au jus gravy!

Today we’ll be doing a slow cooker French Dip sandwich, a hot sandwich that’s the perfect for just about any time of the year. It’s really all about getting some good chuck roast, tossing in some seasonings and letting it slow cook for 8 hours while filling the house with tempting smells and promises of dinners to come. Most of the work comes from assembling the sandwich later. It’s that easy!

This one will be good for at least 8 sandwiches so that’s either plenty of leftovers for a smaller family or one hearty dinner for a big one. For more sloppy au jus dipping sandwiches, try this slow cooker Italian beef sandwich.

A slow cooker French Dip sandwich that's a perfect hot fix for cool weather. Dip, dip, dip it in some hearty au jus gravy!


Like most slow cooker recipes, it was really quick to put together. The searing did require some finesse though because I had 4 pounds of beef clamped precariously in my tongs. It’s a lot of meat!

And since I’m mentioning it already, I would say make this if you have a huge family or don’t mind eating the same thing for days. Or you can freeze it. Because it’s a lot of meat!

A slow cooker French Dip sandwich that's a perfect hot fix for cool weather. Dip, dip, dip it in some hearty au jus gravy!

Mixing the broth together was fun. Once you’re done with the prep state (which I promise is a lot faster than how much I have blabbed so far), toss it in the slow cooker, pour that broth in and sit back and relax for 8 hours. Or go to work. Or sleep! It’s a nice thing waking up to delicious smells in the house.

Then it’s shredding time with two forks. This part is easy. Be sure to separate the fatty bits and toss them. I used hoagie rolls because it’s a perfectly portioned sandwich for one. Ours came in a bag of four, so we got two bags to work with the recipe.

Or you could opt for a traditional baguette. Whatever works for you! Just make sure it’s a crusty, hearty bread so it can hold its form when you’re dipping. Soft bread will give you a soggy mess.

A slow cooker French Dip sandwich that's a perfect hot fix for cool weather. Dip, dip, dip it in some hearty au jus gravy!

Make sure to top with some Provolone cheese for some melty goodness and/or a very thin spread of horseradish mustard just for that bite. Once the sandwich is assembled, toast/broil both halves of the sandwich to melt the cheese and get the bread all nice and crusty.

The crustier it is, the more it holds up when you dip! I did mine in a toaster oven since I didn’t feel like heating up the stovetop oven for just a few sandwiches, so that’s always an option.

A slow cooker French Dip sandwich that's a perfect hot fix for cool weather. Dip, dip, dip it in some hearty au jus gravy!

And that’s all there is to it. Enjoy your hot sandwich and happy dipping! If you own an instant pot, try this instant pot French dip version.


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A hearty slow cooker French dip sandwich on white parchment paper with a bowl of au jus dip.

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich

  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Total Time: 8 hours 15 mins
  • Yield: 8 1x


A slow cooker French Dip sandwich that’s a perfect hot fix for cool weather. Dip, dip, dip it in some hearty au jus gravy!


Units Scale
  • 34 lb. chuck roast
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups beef consommé/broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 tablespoon paprika

Sandwich assembly:

  • Hoagie rolls/crusty French baguette
  • Provolone cheese
  • Horseradish mustard/cream (optional)


  1. Season meat with salt and pepper to taste and sear over medium-high heat until browned on both sides.
  2. Transfer meat to a 6 qt. slow cooker and add in onions.
  3. Combine consommé/broth with Worcestershire sauce, garlic and onion powders, oregano and paprika. Stir to mix.
  4. Pour broth mixture over the meat, cover and cook for 8 hours on low.
  5. Remove cooked roast to a cutting board and shred into bite-sized chunks with two forks, removing any fatty bits.
  6. To make a sandwich,  add some meat to a hoagie roll cut in half lengthwise and top with provolone cheese.
  7. Broil at 450°F for 5 minutes or until cheese has melted.
  8. Dish and serve hot with au jus dip.
  9. Enjoy!


  • Scroll up to RECIPE TIPS for more useful tips, suggestions and ingredient substitutions.
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 hours

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  • Reply
    Michelle Drysdale
    September 26, 2021 at 10:19 AM

    Just put this in crock pot. Only had a 6lb roast so 1.5 all ingredients. Can’t wait to eat tonight. Hopefully it’s a new family favourite because it was super easy and I like easy.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      September 26, 2021 at 3:28 PM

      Phew, that’s a whole lot of meat. I hope you and your family enjoy it and happy dipping!

  • Reply
    June 2, 2021 at 10:39 AM

    Very good recipe. With the price of beef being so high at the moment, I experimented and used the same ingredients except I used a pork butt. $6.00+ for beef a lb vs. $1.90 a lb for pork for a family of 7 is a no brainer. My family loves it equally as well with the pork. Thank for the recipe.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      June 14, 2021 at 11:21 AM

      Thanks for letting us know this works just as well with pork butt, Angela. I’m glad you and your family enjoyed it 🙂

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    Thalia @ butter and brioche
    October 19, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    This is basically the sandwich of my dreams… definitely the perfect excuse for me to pull out and use my slow cooker too. Thanks for sharing the great recipe, pinned!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      October 20, 2014 at 7:16 PM

      It’s that time of the year when the slow cooker gets some love!

  • Reply
    La Cuisine d'Helene
    October 19, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    I would totally dig in, those would be perfect after a day skiing. Pics are so nice!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      October 20, 2014 at 7:10 PM

      Thanks, Helene! It really is something great for the cold. Also a great excuse for me to go on a horseradish binge 😉

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    [email protected] Contessa
    October 17, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    That looks delicious Farah! Pinning and sharing.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      October 17, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      Thanks for the great recipe and stopping by, Lisa! We both loved it 🙂

  • Reply
    Elizabeth @ bowl of delicious!
    October 17, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    I loveeeee French dip sandwiches! And I’ve been obsessed with my slow cooker lately. Can’t wait to try this- pinned! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      October 17, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      Thanks, Elizabeth! Just finished eating some and I’m full! Hoping you like it!

    • Reply
      March 7, 2021 at 9:33 PM

      Absolutely love this, but my meat came out dry after I shredded it. I dont know what I did wrong or different.

      • Reply
        The Cooking Jar
        March 7, 2021 at 11:19 PM

        Did you leave it on warm for too long? Some slow cookers run very hot and boil instead of keeping it warm. You should have plenty of au jus leftover in the slow cooker once cooked. After you shred it and if it’s too dry for you, add a couple tablespoons of au jus to the shredded meat to moisten it up a little.

  • Reply
    Matt Robinson
    October 17, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Love this so much Farah, especially the seasoning. So perfect and easy to make too.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      October 17, 2014 at 3:32 PM

      Yup! There’s only one hard part and that’s keeping the sandwich together when you eat and dip!

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