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Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches - A Family Feast

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

Yield: 8 servings 1x
Prep: 20 minutesCook: 9 hoursTotal: 9 hours 20 minutes


46 pound chuck roast

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon vegetable oil or any high smoke point oil

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 1/2 cups red wine, divided (such as Merlot or Cabernet)

1 large onion coarsely cut up

1 rib celery, coarsely cut up

1 large carrot peeled and coarsely cut up

2 garlic cloves smashed

1/2 bunch fresh flat leaf parsley

2 bay leaves

4 cups water (depending on the size of your roast and slow cooker)

2 cups beef broth (boxed, canned, homemade, or made from a jarred paste such as Better Than Bullion Roasted Beef Base

1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

8 French rolls


  1. Pat the beef dry and coat with the salt and pepper on all sides.
  2. In a large skillet that can withstand a high heat (such as cast iron or carbon steel), heat the oil over medium high heat.
  3. Sear the meat in the oil on all sides for approximately ten minutes. Remove to a platter.
  4. Lower the heat to medium and add tomato paste and cook one minute.
  5. Add one cup of the wine and cook one more minute then remove from heat.
  6. In your slow cooker, line the bottom with the onion, celery, carrots, and garlic then add the seared meat and the liquid from the pan.
  7. Tie the parsley and bay leaf together using butcher’s twine then nestle beside the beef.
  8. Pour in the water and beef broth.
  9. Cover and cook for 5-6 hours on high or 8-9 hours on low.
  10. Remove beef and set aside to set up while you prepare the au jus.
  11. Skim off the fat that floats to the top and discard then add the remaining half cup of wine and the Worcestershire sauce.
  12. Heat and strain into a saucepan to keep warm.
  13. Split the French rolls and dry toast on a griddle. Do not use any butter so the roll can absorb the au jus.
  14. To serve, slice the pot roast into thick slices against the grain, then lay out onto the toasted rolls.
  15. Ladle the warm au jus into individual bowls.
  16. Serve the French Dip sandwich with the bowls of au jus on the side for dipping.

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© Author: A Family Feast
Cuisine: American Method: slow cooker, crock pot