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posted December 14, 2022

Smoked French Dip Sandwich

This smoked French dip sandwich is made from leftover smoked beef for a delicious and fast lunch. It only requires 6 ingredients and a few minutes of your time, making it a major win in my book!

Smoked French dip sandwich next to a bowl of au jus with text overlay - Smoked French Dip Sandwich.

Smoked French Dip

These smoked beef French dip sandwiches are the ultimate comfort food. It has all the makings of a delicious lunch or quick and easy dinner. Thinly sliced, smoky beef, melty cheese, toasty buns, and a rich broth to dunk it all in are all you need for this tasty sandwich.

You can go a step further and make au jus from scratch if you’re up for a little extra effort, but this is totally optional. Sometimes you need an easy win, and this smoked french dip sandwich is here for a last-minute lunch idea.

Havarti cheese, sliced beef, and hoagie buns on a cutting board.

Ingredients for Smoked French Dip

You only need 6 ingredients to make this smoked French dip. Snag the following from the store and have them on hand a day or two before you plan on making these sandwiches.

  • 16 ounces of leftover smoked beef
  • 8 slices Havarti cheese
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 Tablespoons creamy horseradish sauce
  • 2 packages au jus mix
  • 4 hoagie-style buns

This is meant to be a quick and easy use of any leftover beef you may find yourself in possession of after a delicious family dinner or festive meal. You can use any smoked beef you like here, but brisket, prime rib, or even chuck roast would work well for this recipe.

Hoagie buns toasting on a skillet.

How to Make a Smoked French Dip

Let’s get to making these sandwiches. They’ll be ready in 20 minutes or less, so no need to wait!

  1. Make the au jus. Prepare the au jus according to the package directions. If you choose to make your own from scratch, follow the instructions in the recipe. Add the leftover smoked beef to the au jus and turn off the heat on the stove. Allow the meat to heat up in the au jus while you toast the buns.
  2. Toast the buns. Heat a 12-inch cast iron skillet and cut the hoagie buns lengthwise. Slather them with mayo and set them mayo-side down on the hot skillet. Toast until golden brown.
  3. Assemble and broil. Scoop the warm, juicy meat onto the bottom toasted bun and top with Havarti cheese. Spread horseradish sauce on the top bun and place the buns on a baking dish. Turn your oven to broil and place the open-faced sandwiches under the broiler for a few minutes to melt the cheese.
  4. Enjoy. Close the sandwiches, cut them in half, and serve with warm au jus. Dig in!

Toasted French dip sandwiches on a rimmed baking sheet.

Tips for Making Smoked French Dip

Here are some tips for making this sandwich a killer one!

  • Not all buns are created equal. Buy a good bun with a crunchy crust for the best overall texture.
  • Try all the meats! We’ve made these French dip sammies with smoked brisket, smoked eye of round, smoked prime rib, smoked pulled beef… you name the cut, we’ve probably slapped in on a sandwich.
  • Scared of horseradish? Don’t be! My husband is a self-proclaimed horseradish hater, but he never complains about the little slather I spread on these sandwiches. The zippy heat it brings to every bite is the absolute best.

Smoked French dip sandwich next to a bowl of au jus.

More Smoked Beef Recipes

Looking for some beef recipes to use in your smoked French dip sandwich? Try out these popular recipes from Hey Grill Hey! Any of these would make for a delicious sandwich!

Smoked French Dip Sandwich Recipe

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Smoked French dip sandwich next to a bowl of au jus.

Smoked French Dip

Susie Bulloch
This smoked French dip sandwich is made from leftover smoked beef for a delicious and fast lunch. It only requires 6 ingredients and a few minutes of your time, making it a major win in my book!
Prep Time : 10 mins
Cook Time : 7 mins
Total Time : 17 mins
Servings : 4 people
Calories : 732kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 16 ounces leftover smoked beef (sliced brisket, Prime Rib, eye or round, or shredded chuck roast work well)
  • 8 slices Havarti cheese
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 4 Tablespoons creamy horseradish sauce
  • 2 packages au jus mix (prepared according to package instructions)
  • 4 hoagie-style buns

Instructions

  • Make au jus. Prepare the au jus mix according to package instructions in a medium saucepan. Turn the temperature on the pan to low.
  • Add the meat. Add your leftover sliced smoked beef to the au jus and turn off the heat.
  • Toast the buns. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cut hoagie buns lengthwise. Slather cut sides with mayonnaise and set, mayo side down, in your hot skillet. Toast for 2-3 minutes until golden brown and crisp.
  • Assemble. Add warmed meat to a toasted bun, and top with cheese slices. Slather the top side of the bun with horseradish sauce. Place the open-face sandwiches under the broiler for 2-3 minutes to melt the cheese.
  • Serve. Fold the toasty and melty sandwiches, cut them in half, and serve with the warm au jus for dipping.

Nutrition

Calories: 732kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 47g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 131mg | Sodium: 1065mg | Potassium: 516mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 463IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 410mg | Iron: 4mg
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