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Tender, flavorful beef topped with provolone cheese makes a delicious Slow Cooker Beef Dip sandwich-perfect for dipping in au jus!
Even though most people think of their slow cooker as a winter appliance for heavy comfort foods, I probably get the most use of mine in the summer months.
During these hot summer months, avoiding the oven for dinner is a must! When I saw these crockpot beef sandwiches by Dana from This Silly Girl’s Life, I pinned them to try on a hot day.
Well, we certainly had a heat wave last week, so I pulled out this recipe and put it to good use! I love a good French beef dip sandwich. The twist on this one is to use provolone cheese and garlic bread instead of French bread. Yum!
- beef roast-chuck roast is preferred because it’s marbled with fat and slow cooks so beautifully. However, I have used a brisket instead because that’s what was on sale. Any good roast would do just fine-it cooks so low and slow that it’s tender and delicious when it’s done.
- onion powder
- garlic powder
- steak seasoning
- garlic cloves, whole
- bay leaves
- beef broth
- provolone cheese
- frozen garlic bread, French bread or sliced sourdough
If needed, cut roast into smaller chunks. A 2-3 pound roast will fit easily in a 6 quart slow cooker. Rub the meat with the oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, steak seasoning. Place into crock pot and add the bay leaves and garlic cloves.
Add the stock and just enough water to cover the meat. (This was about 1 cup of water for me-it will depend on how large your slow cooker is.)
Cover and place on low heat for 8 hours. It will be so tender and delicious! Take out the meat and slice it as thinly as you can against the grain.
Make sure you take out the bay leaf completely and then smash the garlic in the pot. Add meat back to the pot and put on warm.
Cook the frozen garlic bread to directions on package. Cut garlic bread into four equal pieces and pile on the meat, adding a slice of provolone cheese. Serve with the remaining jus for dipping. Yummy!
For other great slow cooker meals like this Slow Cooker Beef Dip, check out my whole slow cooker collection here!
Can I make Slow Cooker Beef Dip in the Crockpot Express?
Yes! This is a perfect pressure cooker recipe. Follow all the same instructions as in the recipe card, but instead of slow cooking on low, pressure cook on high.
For the Crockpot Express, press Meat/Stew and then adjust the time up to 60 minutes. It will default to high pressure.
When the cooking cycle is done, allow for a natural pressure release for at least 10-15 minutes. Open the steam release valve to release any remaining pressure.
Follow the remaining instructions to make “Crockpot Express Beef Dip” sandwiches. 🙂
Slow Cooker Beef Dip au Jus
- 2 1/2 lbs beef roast chuck or brisket
- 1 Tbsp onion powder
- 1 Tbsp garlic powder
- 1 Tbsp steak seasoning
- 2 tsp oregano
- 3 whole garlic cloves
- 2 bay leaves
- 32 oz beef broth
- water as needed to cover meat completely
- 6 slices provolone cheese
- 1 loaf garlic bread
- 2 1/2 lbs beef roast, 1 Tbsp onion powder, 1 Tbsp garlic powder, 1 Tbsp steak seasoning, 2 tsp oregano, 3 whole garlic cloves, 2 bay leavesCut roast into smaller chunks if needed and rub with the onion powder, garlic powder, steak seasoning and oregano. Place into crock pot and add the garlic and bay leaves.
- 32 oz beef broth, waterAdd the beef broth and just enough water to cover the meat.
- Cover and place on low heat for 8 hours. Take out the meat and slice it as thinly as you can against the grain. Make sure you take out the bay leaf and smash the garlic in the pot. Add meat back to the pot and put on warm.
- 6 slices provolone cheese, 1 loaf garlic breadCook garlic bread to directions on package. Cut garlic bread into equal pieces and pile on the meat, adding a slice of provolone cheese. Serve with the remaining jus for dipping. Yummy!
For the Crockpot Express (pressure cooker instructions)
- Follow steps 1 and 2 as written. Close and lock the lid, turning the steam release valve to closed. Press Meat/Stew and adjust the time up to 60 minutes (high pressure.) When cooking time is up, allow 10-15 minutes of natural pressure release. Open the steam release valve to release any remaining steam.
- Follow step 4 above to complete the sandwiches.
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My question is simply can this be adapted for the CPE slowcooker? I’m without my old Rival these days…I cook overnight chicken stock in there with no stirring and it’s so good.
So would I need to babysit the CPE? A long time ago you told me it cooked faster than a slow cooker and you had to stir a lot. Is your opinion still the same? I’d prefer the low setting.
I have a 2.5lb tough London Broil roast I want to make sandwiches out of and I value whatever you had to say about duplicating this recipe in the CPE slow cook mode.
Truth be told I’m inclined to pressure cook it 1 minute on Bean setting for a head start then pressure release then slow cook and forget it.
Nicole Burkholder says
I’ve never said the CPE cooks faster than a slow cooker-it’s much SLOWER because the heat is lower (unless you mean pressure cooking, and then yes, that’s faster.) 🙂 Yes, you can totally make this on the slow cook setting in the CPE. Just plan on cooking it on HIGH for 8 hours, rather than Low. There’s no need to babysit anything. It works just like a regular slow cooker. Just a bit longer because it’s not very hot. You can shortcut it a bit by pressure cooking it first. But DON’T do a quick pressure release. Let the pressure release naturally and then switch it over to slow cooking if you want to keep it going.
omg I had it backwards, sorry! thanks for the fast response, Nicole.Stock is more forgiving with the fast release! Thanks for the tip there. I’m ready to make it, thank you so much, Got slider rolls and provolone in the fridge. I appreciate your help.
yum! i think my boys would love this!! pinned and stumbled!
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Jenifer @ Not Quite Mom of the Year says
I love Beef Dip sandwiches (that’s what we call them in Michigan!) I saw you posted this on Marvelous Mondays and I came to take a look. Now I’m hungry for Beef Dip! Thanks for sharing your recipe.
Nicole Burkholder says
I call them French Beef Dip Sandwiches, but it was getting a little wordy 🙂 Thanks for stopping by- heading over to check out your site now!