Easy Slow Cooker Beef Sandwich Recipe

6 servings
8 hr 10 min

With this easy slow cooker beef sandwich recipe, you can have dinner started in just 5 minutes. There is only 4 ingredient in this recipe. Start it in the crockpot in the morning and you then have the most delicious beef sandwiches ready for dinner.

The secret is in the brine from a jar of dill pickles. This is a go-to recipe when we’ve finished a jar of pickles. I save the pickle juice in the fridge and use it in this recipe. I make my own dill pickles so I have jars of it in my pantry and when I don’t have an empty jar of pickles, I just throw the whole jar of pickles and juice in the slow cooker.

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Beef Sandwich vs. Italian Beef Sandwich

Being from Chicago, where we are famous for our Italian beef sandwiches, I would never consider this an Italian Beef Sandwich. True Italian Beef sandwiches are traditionally made of beef roast that has a rub of spices that includes oregano. It is slow roasted over a beef broth which collects the drippings and also serves as a “gravy” for the sandwich. Once cooked, it is sliced thin and served on a french roll with gardinere. Giardiniera is a relish made of carrots, cauliflower, bell peppers, celery and chili peppers that are pickled in vinegar and olive oil.

Today’s recipe is made with chuck roast and the pickle juice that it cooks in serves as a brine that subsequently breaks down the beef. You then shred it and serve it on a french roll.

This 4 ingredient recipe is so easy. The beauty of it is that you can put it together in 10 minutes in the morning and you have dinner ready to go in the evening with hardly any effort.

I Love My Slow Cooker

If done right, a home-cooked meal is usually less expensive than a prepared meal bought at a restaurant or store. And slow cookers can make preparing homemade meals fast and easy.

What Do You Put on A Beef Sandwich

  • Slaw Mix
  • Pickles
  • Swiss Cheese
  • Giardiniera

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What Do You Serve With Beef Sandwiches

Some side favorites at this small house are:

  • Potato Salad
  • Cole Slaw (I put it right on my sandwich but you can certainly eat it on the side)
  • French Fries
  • Sweet Potato Fries
  • Steamed Broccoli
  • Sliced Pickles
  • Side Salad

I don’t know about you but there are days that I’m tired and don’t feel like spending hours making dinner. Here are some really easy recipes that you can have on the table in 20 to 30 minutes and they are yummy.

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Easy Slow Cooker Beef Sandwich Recipe
Recipe details
  • 6  servings
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 8 Hours Total time: 8 hr 10 min
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  • 3 pound beef chuck roast
  • 1 Jar (18) oz. dill pickle juice
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce or ketchup
  • 2 tbsp crushed garlic For convenience I use jarred crushed garlic

Cut roast into two or three pieces to fit in the bottom of the slow cooker
Add in chili sauce (or ketchup), garlic, and pickle juice. Gently mix.
Put the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for 8-10 hours
If you've got pickles in your juice, take them out with a slotted spoon and throw them away.
Shred beef with two forks. Serve on rolls and add a topping of your choice if you would like.
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