Slow Cooker French Dips

I have so been craving French Dip sandwiches lately.

IMGP1804 They’re definitely one of my favorite sandwiches. Ever. Ok, Reuben probably comes in first.

That reminds me – want to know a silly fact about me? I LOVE ham and American cheese (yes, the processed shit) on really fresh white bread with mayo, mustard and plain chips. Salty, greasy chips. I doubt anyone really knows that actually now that I think about it. I haven’t really had one in so long. It was a kid thing, but still makes me salivate just thinking about it.

IMG747 This is not as gluttonous as it looks. I used london broil, which is pretty lean, and cooked it slow – about 9 hours. I also trimmed the excess fat off before putting it in the crockpot. I did leave a little, because you know you have to have some fat to have flavor. You could always use chuck roast or whatever cut you like. I just really like london broil when it comes to slow cooking beef. It’s not too fatty, and always turns out nice and tender.

IMGP1817 As far as cheese, I used Provolone. I think that’s pretty necessary, but I’m sure Mozzarella would be a good sub.

This is the first time I’ve made it using dry Italian seasoning, and now I can say that I highly recommend it. It really gave it a nice rich flavor. It also added to the flavor of the au jus, which is the most important part to French dips. In my opinion, anyway.

IMGP1856 You can make these with or without the banana peppers; I love them but they definitely aren’t necessary here.  My family avoided them like the damn Ebola virus. Oh, well. More for me.

Here’s your printable-

Slow Cooker French Dips


  • 1 London Broil (mine was about 3 pounds)
  • 1 packet dry Italian dressing
  • 1 can beef broth
  • 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup giardiniera (jarred pickled vegetables)
  • 1 cup banana peppers
  • Hoagie or sub rolls
  • Provolone cheese


  • Place everything in a slow cooker over low for at least 8 hours, until the beef shreds easily with a fork.
  • Place shredded beef and peppers on the bottom half of a bun, add cheese and put under the broiler to melt.
  • Serve with au jus for dipping.

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  1. How do you make your au jus?

  2. Where do I find the recipe for the au jus? Making this today.

  3. Oh yeah. You know this is good. It’s I-had-the-worst-day-ever-let’s-eat-something-good good.

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  4. wow this sandwich looks amazing, loving the sound of a slow cooked sandwich. i definitely need to try the recipe!
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  5. Okay, first of al, thanks for commenting on my blog so I could find yours! I cannot tell you how much I relate to your little blog hook about thinking about dinner while eating lunch. That is SO me!

    Second, this looks os delicious! And I ADORE banana peppers!
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