Slow Roasted French Dip Sandwiches made with dijon and brown sugar rubbed chuck roast braised in stout with onions, garlic and herbed bouquet cooked in the crockpot. Thinly sliced seared beef with pan gravy, melted gouda and caramelized onions pilled into a sandwich bun smeared with spicy aioli and served with a side of au jus.
These sandwiches are truly mouthwatering. They are seriously amazing and packed with flavor. The beef is tender and best when thinly sliced for sandwiches. Most of the work is done in the crockpot where the beef sits in a delicious braising liquid that deepens the flavors of the roast. The beer, beef broth, rub, herbs and spices are all key components to a slow braise to end up with a roast that’s moist and fall off the bone. Now you can sear the roast to speed up the cooking and it will also help the seasoning and all the flavors soak into the roast. But it’s a lot of work to sear and prep and make more dishes. It’s okay to just add the roast directly into the the crockpot. Set the cook time to 6 hours and ensure the roast is fully covered in liquid to keep it moist. When the roast is done it should be tender and not necessarily fall off the bone but it shouldn’t be chewy or tough. Take the roast out and cut off a piece to make sure. If it is in fact chewy, it will need to cook longer. As long as the roast is easy to chew when you check it- it’s okay at this point. We’re using it for sandwiches and it will get an extra sear on the griddle so don’t worry.
We actually made two pieces of chuck roast in the crockpot so that we would have lots and lots of leftovers and lunches for more sandwiches. It was amazing and worth it! No complaints. This is probably one of my favourites, I love the combination of seasoned beef with caramelized onions and au jus. The au jus is the cherry on top and the best part for me. All that beefy flavor in the crockpot that’s been slow roasting is great for dipping the sandwiches and fries! Fries are the ultimate vessel and balance for a savoury sandwich like this one. Crispy on the outside, and soft on the inside- they soak up the liquid beautifully. We paired our sandwiches with some crispy smashed baby potatoes. I love them so much but they do take a while to prepare. A quicker option is some frozen fries and throw them in the air-fryer for about 12 minutes- they come out crispy and golden and it’s less hassle.
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