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French dip sandwich sitting on some food wrap paper next to a bowl of au jus sauce ready to be dipped and eaten.

French Dip Sandwich

Sara Vaughn
French dipped sandwiches are slow-cooked, leaving you with beyond tender beef sandwiches that are undeniably delicious.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 16 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 325 kcal


  • 3-4 Pounds Chuck Beef Roast
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestersshire Sauce
  • 4 Cups Beef Stock
  • 2 Yellow Onions Sliced
  • 3 Cloves Garlic Minced or 3 teaspoons garlic powder.
  • 1 Sprig Fresh Rosemary Or 2 Teaspoons dried.
  • 2 Teaspoons Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 Package Gluten-free Hoagie Rolls I like Canyon Bakehouse.
  • 6 Slices Provolone Cheese Optional for topping sandwiches.


Make the meat.

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees or prep your crockpot if you are using one.
  • Season the beef roast with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
    3-4 Pounds Chuck Beef Roast, 2 Teaspoons Salt, 1 Teaspoon Pepper, 3 Cloves Garlic
  • Heat a dutch oven or large skillet over medium-high heat with the butter and olive oil.
    2 Tablespoons Butter, 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • Sear the roast in the butter and olive oil on all sides.
  • If you are using a crockpot transfer the meat to the crockpot after you sear it
  • Add the sliced onions, beef stock, worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, and rosemary to the pot with the beef roast.
    1 ½ Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar, 1 Tablespoon Worcestersshire Sauce, 4 Cups Beef Stock, 2 Yellow Onions, 1 Sprig Fresh Rosemary
  • Place a lid on the dutch oven and transfer it to the oven or the crockpot. Let the beef cook for 4-6 hours in the oven. If you are using a crockpot let the beef roast cook for 4-6 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low.

Slice or shred the beef.

  • If you prefer to have, the meat sliced, instead of shredding it pull the meat about 1- 11/2 hours before it's done and thinly slice the beef.
  • Place the sliced beef back into the pot and continue to cook until it is tender.
  • Skip this step if you want to shred the beef once it's done cooking.

Assembling the sandwiches.

  • Shred the beef roast if needed.
  • Pile the beef onto a gluten-free hogie roll.
    1 Package Gluten-free Hoagie Rolls
  • Top with provolone cheese if desired.
    6 Slices Provolone Cheese

Dip the sandwiches.

  • Reserve the liquid in the pot and place some into a shallow bowl to dip the sandwiches into and enjoy.


Trim the meat.
If you find your roast has a lot of excess fat, it's best to trim off most of the excess before searing the meat.
Sear the meat.
Searing the roast helps add flavor and helps to seal in the moisture of the meat, keeping it tender. Be sure to sear all sides of the meat.
Do not throw out the juices.
The juices are what make the perfect au jus sauce for dipping your sandwiches into.
Slicing the meat for making sandwiches.
You can choose to slice or shred the beef for making french dip sandwiches. I find the best results come from slicing it, but I don't wait till the end to do this. This is what I do.
  1. Once the roast has been cooking for about 3 ½ - 4 hours I will pull it out. The roast is tender at this point but doesn't fall apart.
  2. Thinly slice the roast across the grain.
  3. Place the sliced roast back into the pot.
  4. Let the slices continue to cook for another 1-2 hours until the pieces are melt in your mouth tender.
Keyword beef with au jus, crockpot french dip, slow cooker french dip