I LOVE French Dip Sandwiches. It’s what I always get when I go to Arby’s. The Au Jus is just so delicious and I can’t resist a warm sandwich on a cold day. I found this recipe on Our Best Bites a loooong time ago, but finally decided to try it. I am so glad that I did. Not only was it incredibly delicious, it was so easy. Everything just cooks in your slow cooker all day long until you’re ready to eat!

French Dip Sandwiches:

1 2.5-3 pound beef roast (I used chuck)

2 T. olive oil

2 1-oz. packets onion soup mix

2 cans beef broth

2 c. water

6-8 large hoagie buns

Provolone cheese to top


1. Heat the oil in a large skillet. Sear the beef on all sides. This is not to cook it through, but just to brown it and get the juices flowing.

2. Place seared beef roast into your slow cooker.

3. Pour the onion soup mix, beef broth, and water on top of the beef roast.

4. Cook on low 8-10 hours.

5. Once your meat has cooked and you are ready to eat, take out the roast and shred the beef. I put mine into a bowl for serving.

6. Strain the cooking juice to have a delicious au jus left over. I didn’t want to be dipping my sandwich in with all of the beef fat pieces, so I used a 2 cup glass pyrex measuring cup to pour the liquid into a strainer. Don’t forget to put a bowl underneath to catch all of your delicious au jus. I then let my au jus sit while I was prepping the sandwiches so the fat could separate to the top and then I could strain as much off as possible.

7. Cut your hoagie rolls. If you are being carb-conscious, you could even scoop out a lot of the bread to leave you with just a shell of hoagie roll. Turn your oven on to broil and toast your roll. Remove from oven.

8. Place your desired amount of beef onto one side of your toasted roll. Layer your provolone on top of the  meat. I then put the meat-and-cheese-topped roll back under the broiler to melt the cheese.

9. Put assemble the rest of your sandwich together and pour some of your au jus into a bowl for dipping.


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