Thursday, March 12, 2009

French Dip Sandwiches with Au Jus

1 rib roast (enough for 1/2 lb per person)

1/2 c salt
1/4 c pepper
1/4 c garlic powder
1/2 T paprika
1 T marjoram
1T thyme

Mix together and rub a generous layer on meat. In a VERY hot pan with a dribble of olive oil, sear the outsides of the roast till nice and caramelized. Place in a roasting pan along with 5 cups water. Cook at 450 degrees for 20 minutes and then turn down to 200 degrees for 6-7 hours (or just in the crock pot.) Take out and cut. Meat will be VERY tender and will pretty much shred. Put on toasted buns with or without cheese. The water you put in with the roast creates the most AMAZING au jus!

*OK, DON'T put the entire rub on the meat that you bought!!!!! That would be way too much and just crazy! This is meant for like a 15 lb roast...and unless you're having a HUGE party, you aren't making that much. What you want to do is just mix this up and use enough to cover the roast in a generous layer. You will NOT use it all!! Just save's GREAT as a rub for any meat.

*I put mine in a crock pot for 6-7 hours...or longer. Every once in a while I would baste the meat just to make sure the top wasn't getting dry...even though it never was...but it was for my peace of mind! I also used like a 4-5 pound roast and only used like 3 cups of water. Don't be makes enough au jus for the crowd. If you're worried about it (like I was) just add a little beef broth at the end to beef it up...get it!! HA!

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