CrockPot French Dip Sandwiches – A Year of Slow Co…

One of my favorite meals to order in a restaurant is a French Dip sandwich. This easy recipe recreates the moist tender roast beef you get in a French Dip sandwich at home, in your very own crockpot slow cooker.
If you are gluten free, you are in luck — this recipe is completely free from gluten and is a great way to have this restaurant classic safely in your own home!

How to make perfect, soft, juicy french dip sandwich meat (and the juice!) in the slow cooker. YUM.

originally posted July 4, 2008. Photo and recipe updated 2015 via deposit photos @fudio

Day 186.

Happy Fourth of July! If you are looking for some easy and delicious recipes for a backyard barbecue, try these:


corn on the cob
beans and weenies
barbecued ribs
sweet and spicy chicken wings

frito candy

Or, you can make French Dip Sandwiches.

 These sandwiches are completely and totally American, because they call for 

The Two American Ingredients: beer and red meat.

But this isn’t just any ordinary beer—it’s gluten free!

 I finally tracked down some Redbridge beer at a local Beverages and More. Redbridge’s website has a zipcode tracker, but none of the locations were close enough.

 A quick email later, and Lindsay from Anheuser-Busch confirmed that both our Beverages and More and Whole Foods carry the line. 


The Ingredients.

serves 6

these are the ingredients used to make crockpot slow cooker french dip sandwiches -- all homemade from scratch gluten free recipe

2 pounds thin pieces of steak meat  (fajita meat works well for this!)
1/2 tablespoon granulated sugar

2 tablespoons butter

3 cups beef broth

1 (12-ounce) bottle of beer (I use a gluten free beer)

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 cup cooking sherry
1 yellow onion, cut in rings
3 cloves smashed and chopped garlic

1 teaspoon  Worcestershire sauce

The Directions.


Put the butter into the bottom of the crockpot and turn on.

Add the meat, garlic, and onions, and swirl around in the butter.

Pour in the broth, beer, and cooking sherry.

 Add pepper and Worcestershire sauce.

Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours.

If your meat is still in large chunks, remove it carefully, and slice.

 Return the meat back to the broth.Serve on rolls. 

Since we are gluten free, I used a gluten free hoagie roll, sliced, but if you aren’t gluten free I’d choose a sourdough french roll.

Dip the sandwich into the broth before each bite for a nice juicy flavor and consistency.


The Verdict.


These were so much fun and tasted marvelous!

And Very American.

Thanks to my reader, Jenny,

 for this idea! 

 Jenny also has a good tip about slow-cooking in hot climates. We’re lucky here in that it never gets terribly hot, but we used to live where summertime temperatures were well over 100 degrees daily.

Jenny shares her tips:

“I set the crockpot on an outdoor table and cook outside, I have an outlet right by my sliding glass door, so I cook on our patio, and I can keep an eye on it, then my kitchen doesn’t heat up… You can also set it on a workbench in the garage. 

 Just some useful things I personally do for the summer crock potting!”

What a great thing! Long live the crockpot!!

You look like the kind of person who likes to make Take Out at home. Here you go! 🙂

Make this restaurant classic at home! This homemade copycat recipe uses fajita meat that cooks all day in the crockpot slow cooker in broth, onion, peppers, beer, and worcestershire sauce. I use gluten free beer and buns. Wonderful and tasty and great for entertaining!

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