Drip Beef with Savory Au Jus

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beef in sandwich dipped in au jus beef broth on a blue plate

I’m pretty sure a classic Drip Beef sandwich with savory Au Jus is one of the most beloved comfort foods in Oklahoma. And I’m pretty sure another famous Okie foodblogger…(ha ha ha ha, like how I referred to myself as “famous”???) has the number one recipe on the web for this delicacy!  Yes, Ree Drummund’s Drip Beef recipe is pretty terrific but it isn’t inspired by my East Texas mom like mine.

Drip beef is so easy to make and is a perfect meal-feast for football weekends, pre or post holiday lazy dinners, or just when ever you want to sink your taste buds into a seriously juicy, crunchy-soft, savory out of this world sandwich! If you wanted to take this sandwich to “Infinity and Beyond” smear a big scoop of my Italian Queso or Spicy Rotel on this baby, dip in the Au Jus and expect to soar! Warning though you’ll need to take a little nappy after indulging!!

Drip Beef Sandwiches are perfect for football season!

I promise this version is a memory maker and will soon be a family must have every baseball playoff series opener, Red River Rivalry weekend or Sunday night supper!

open faced drip beef sandwich with a bowl of beef broth on a blue plate

Dry Onion Soup Mix makes this Drip Beef dummy proof!

Don’t confuse Drip Beef with the French Dip please, French Dip starts out with dry meat and Drip Beef starts out with wet meat. There are so many different variations of both and I’ve tried more than one over the years. I always come back to my sweet mom’s recipe savory Drip Beef. I have no idea where she got the idea of using dry onion soup mix…but it’s a winner and really makes this dish!

Naturally, I have added a few additional ingredients to her basic drip beef recipe that make it that much more savory and delish, She’d approve…I just know she would😉😇

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chuck roast sliced onions garlic olive oil liptons onion soup mix season salt pepper on a cutting board

A few quick steps to perfect Drip Beef

  • Start out with a good quality chuck or arm roast. I’ve used brisket before but to me it comes out really dry.
  • Slice whole large onion and peel, smash and mince garlic. Here is a great tip on the dreaded garlic peeling and chopping chore.
  • Salt and pepper both sides of meat, I use Lawry’s season salt.
  • Place in crock pot insert pan with a couple of tablespoons of oil, and sear on both sides till the meat is kind of crusty and golden brown. If you don’t have a crock pot that sears or one with an insert pan so you can sear it on the stove…then get one immediately! At the bottom of this post👇 I’ve suggested a few brands that I’ve either used or want to use:)
seared chuck roast in a crock pot with onions and garlic
  • After you sear the meat on all sides, place the cut up onion and garlic under neath the meat. They kinda act as a platform. chuck roast with liptons onion soup mix surrounded by rosemary and thyme

6 hours in the same house as this is torture!

  • After you’ve got it elevated, throw the fresh whole thyme and rosemary sprigs on the open sides. 
  • Open the single package of Lipton’s Onion Soup mix and sprinkle on top of the meat.
  • And then lastly pour about a cup of beef broth (you can use chicken broth if you don’t have any beef broth) around the meat; avoiding the top of the roast.
  • Cover and cook on high for six hours in the crock pot…try not to open the lid. I’d highly recommend you exit the premises until you’re ready to chow; It smells THAT good!!!
drip beef with cooked onions and garlic next to a bowl of au jus

Beyond the savory onions, garlic and lots of fresh backyard herbs this goodness is cooked in, try adding sliced fresh jalapenos and red bell peppers to spice it up. Some people like to add cheese on top of the meat but I prefer a big scoop of real mayo and Dijon mustard mixed together on the bread. The dunk in the yummy, oniony, herby homemade au jus broth is a day maker!

half of a drip beef sandwich dunked in homemade au jus

I promise, every bite gets better. You won’t want to stop until you’ve reached “Couch Level”. Then you know you’re done😉



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Best Drip Beef

The best Drip Beef Sandwich and not a lot of ingredients.
Course Christmas, dinner, holiday, lunch, Main Course, party
Cuisine American
Keyword beef, christmas, dijon mustard, dinner, drip beef sandwich, fall, fathers day, football, forth of July, french dip sandwich, holidays, italian beef sandwich, lipton onion soup, lunch, onion, party, sandwich
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Servings 8
Author Elise Austin
Cost 15


  • Crock Pot
  • Slow Cooker


  • 1 3.5# Chuck or Arm Roast or size to amount you need
  • 1 tbsp olive oil or more to coat bottom of pan
  • salt & pepper generously salt and pepper both sides of meat
  • 5 cloves fresh garlic, smashed and chopped or more to taste
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 4 fresh rosemary sprigs, 4-5" long
  • 8 fresh thyme sprigs, 2" long
  • 1 package Lipton Dry Onion Soup Mix
  • 3/4 cup beef broth


  • Salt and pepper both sides of roast.
  • Heat up olive oil and place meat in pan. Sear until dark brown on one side and turn over and do the same to the other side.
  • With a fork lift meat and place onion slices and garlic underneath meat.
  • Add rosemary and thyme to sides.
  • Sprinkle Lipton Dry Onion Soup mix on top of roast.
  • Pour beef broth on inside of pan but not getting top of meat wet.
  • Cover with crock pot lid and turn on high for 5 to 6 hours.
  • It's done when it falls apart with a fork. Shred in juice.
  • Butter bread and toast in the oven, bread should be crusty.
  • Smear one side of bread with Dijon mustard and mayo.
  • Scoop shredded meat with a slotted spoon, draining as much liquid out of the spoonful of meat as possible.
  • Use ladle and collect broth for individual dipping bowls.
  • Dig in and Enjoy!!!


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