French Dip Sandwich: Slow Cooker

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I love sandwiches, I could eat them for lunch and dinner every day. My family however, does not love sandwiches. In fact I’m fortunate to convince them to eat sandwiches a few times a week for lunch!

My favorite sandwich is the French dip. For years I tried to make a good French dip sandwich and failed, which isn’t surprising considering many of the recipes I tried in my early housewife years were fails. But I never liked the fact that I had to go out to eat to get a food French dip sandwich.

Then a few years ago I found this French dip recipe on After a little tweaking it has quickly become a family favorite. Everyone who has tasted this sandwich asks for the recipe. It takes only 5-10 minutes to prepare and the crock pot does the rest!

Crock Pot Recipe: French Dip Sandwich at The Happy Housewife

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich




Yield 8


  • 1 chuck roast (3-4 lbs)
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 beef bullion cube
  • 10 whole black peppercorns
  • 1 Tablespoon rosemary
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic


  1. Cut all the fat off the roast. (Trust me, even though it seems wrong to cut off all the fat it works out in the end.)
  2. Spray crock pot with nonstick spray and place roast in the crock pot.
  3. Mix together soy sauce, bullion cube, peppercorns, rosemary, and garlic. Pour mixture over the roast.
  4. Add enough water to the crock pot to cover the roast.
  5. Set the crock pot on high and cook for 1 hour.
  6. Turn down the heat to low and cook for an additional 10 hours.
  7. The roast is done when you can pull it apart easily with a fork.
  8. Shred the roast with a fork and serve on rolls with your choice of cheese. Use remaining juices in the crock pot for dipping sauce.

Courses Main Dish



  1. My husband will love you forever for this! French dip is his stand-by whenever we go out.

  2. Hmm, I’ve never had a French Dip Sandwich, but this sounds good! I’ll have to try this with one of our roasts 🙂

  3. awesome recipe! These are really good with yellow/orange/red bell peppers or squash or zuccuini (sp?) slices.

    Question – how can I copy and paste? my programs wouldn’t let me : ( I love this site and thanks for everything!

  4. I never thought to do it with a roast! haha! We always just get italian roast beef from the deli.

  5. So nice to make this French Dip Sandwich….Love it!

  6. (Gasp!) How could anyone not like sandwiches?!?

  7. Love this recipe. I add a bay leaf or two to mine as well.

  8. I really enjoyed eating this at your house last week!
    Thank you so much for sharing the recipe… I know my husband will love it, too. 🙂

  9. That’s funny- I just made this exact recipe on Wednesday and it turned out fantastic! Yum!

  10. I read this post and on my grocery trip to Walmart picked up a chuck roast, and less sodium soy sauce. This was awesome, words from my husband. Thanks so much for a new recipe. We just had baguette on the side with parmesan noodles with it. So good.

  11. Kristina Best says:

    I will be making this next week. This sounds so good. I love sandwiches.

  12. Thanks for sharing this. I always just put Montreal Steak Seasoning and some water in with my roast, along with the potatoes and carrots. What’s left gets made into sandwiches. But, I should make a roast with the intention of serving it as sandwiches.

  13. I made this yesterday and it is delicious. This will become a favorite at my house!!! I also used the bay leaf. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  14. So excited about trying this one! YUM!!!

  15. Made this for dinner tonight – and WOW! It was great! Thanks so much for sharing – this is one of my favorite dishes out, and being able to make it at home is awesome! 🙂 Had to top it off with some nice provolone cheese though….yummmmmmm……. 🙂

  16. Do you make the bread too?? I would LOVE to have a post with your favorite fresh ground bread recipes!! I need more! 🙂

  17. Cover the whole roast in water? I think I trust you but can I get some reassurance? I can’t wait to try this!!

  18. Thank you! I am putting it together now for dinner tonight! Merry Christmas!

  19. Ever try using Braggs Liquid Aminos instead of soy sauce? I use it instead of soy sauce in tons of things. Great taste, but without the sodium. I plan on trying it with this!

  20. Thanks for the great recipe. It is in the crock pot waiting for us to get home tonight. I linked your recipe to my blog post.

  21. I’m adding this to the menu for this week! I’m so glad I have some time off of work this week to make this along with homemade sandwich rolls! Can’t wait!

  22. Angela O says:

    Has anybody tried this with regular black pepper instead of peppercorns? I want to make this tomorrow but don’t have any corns in the house.

  23. I have leftover bottom round roast from dinner last night. I wonder if I throw it all together in the crock pot it will still work. Can’t see why not if I decrease the cooking time since the meat’s already cooked.

  24. I just want to tell you that I’ve made this a few times and my husband craves it now. Quite often, when I’m making my grocery list for the week and ask him what he might want for dinner in the upcoming week, he asks for this.

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