World’s Best French Dip Sandwiches {According to my Kids}

2015 February 12

Are you thinking French Dip Sandwiches are just too hard for a weeknight meal?

Easy Slow Cooker French Dip Recipe goodncrazy


Can you turn on a Slow Cooker? Because…

If you can, then you can make the BEST EVER French Dip Sandwiches. Because seriously. That’s all it takes.

Lately my kids all fight over who gets to order the French Dip at restaurants. I figured it’s time we make it at home and Stop the fighting.

Yesterday when my son asked what was for dinner (he could smell it cooking after school) I replied, French Dip… And he said:

“This Day Just Got a Whole Lot Better!”

I give you:

“Make Your Day Better—French Dip Sandwiches” Easy Dinner Meal


Best French Dip EVER slow cooker recipe roast beef goodncrazy



  • Whole Yellow or White Onion cut in half and sliced
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic – Chopped (or if you don’t have one—get a Pampered Chef Garlic Press, you’ll thank me)
  • 1 Can Beef Broth
  • 5 Tablespoons Grainy Mustard
  • ¼ C Soy Sauce
  • Several big squirts of Worcestershire Sauce
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Beef Shoulder Roast – mine was about 3LBs
  • In-Store Bakery Hot Dog Buns (or mini french bread rolls)
  • Slices of Provolone


  1. Place the onions and garlic in the bottom of a slow cooker set on HIGH.
  2. Mix the broth, mustard, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce together and pour over the onion/garlic.
  3. Rub salt and pepper all over the roast, place in the slow cooker and cover.
  4. Cook on high for 4-5 hours and then switch to low for the last 1 or 2 hours. Turning the roast every hour or so. Remove the meat and shred. Then keeping the juice, drain the onions (unless you want them in your final sandwich, my kids weren’t too keen on the onions) and replace both the meat and the au jus so everything stays warm.

Serve over your rolls and add sliced provolone.
Dish up the au jus for each person to dip their French Dips in!

NOTE: I started my roast around 1PM on high and around 5PM I switched it to low. At 6:30 when I went to take out the roast to shred the meat it was falling apart and I had a hard time getting it out. THAT is the sign of a perfectly cooked roast!

Just. YUM.

Best French Dip EVER slow cooker recipe roast beef-2

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4 Responses
  1. February 12, 2015

    Thank you for the recipe. I just started using a crock pot a few months ago, and will have to give this a go!

  2. February 12, 2015

    Looks delicious.

  3. Amy permalink
    February 16, 2015

    Looks delish! Just wondering what size crock pot do you use? I always have trouble with over cooking everything when I use mine. Thanks!

    • February 16, 2015

      I have two crock pots. One is a standard ‘tall’ one about 7 or 8 inches across.
      For this roast I used that size.
      But I also have a bit larger one that has an oval opening more like 7 inches across the short side and 10 inches across the wider size.
      I use that for larger roasts and when I want to add a lot of vegetables later in the day or something.

      If you are over cooking, you can try setting it to low for a longer period of time?
      I would start a 3lb roast more like mid morning on low and plan for at least 7 hours. Turning it every hour or so and checking to see if it it beginning to pull apart around 5 hours.
      If it seems ‘done’ earlier than you need you could turn it off for a while but not long. And then turn it back on to warm up before serving.

      If your roast is overdone and drying out are you sure you have enough liquid with it?
      I honestly think I could have let my shoulder roast here go for several hours longer on low and been just fine waiting for when we were ready to eat it ya know?

      Hope it’s helpful!

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