Both of these look delish. Which one ended up taking the game, Maleen?
This was not a close competition by any means. French Dip Sandwiches won hands down.
I followed the recipes as described because I wanted accurate results with what you might try at home. The meat in the French Dip recipe turned out so tender and very flavorful. I shredded the meat in my Bosch mixer (which I learned you could do only a few weeks ago). I tried meat in the oven only a short while ago and knew that it was not tender enough to shred in the Bosch, so kudos crock pot!! The kids enjoyed the French Dips as well. We toasted the hoagies in the oven with Provolone cheese and then put a little butter and cream cheese on them when they came out. Super tasty dipped in Au jus. I don’t think I will ever use a different French Dip recipe.
I choose Sloppy Joes as well since they were both sandwich type dishes. My kids enjoyed both recipes and my younger children actually liked the Sloppy Joes more. The flavor was different than your traditional Sloppy Joe sauce out of a can. I think I actually prefer the stuff out of a can (even just the Great Value brand at Wal-mart). I think what stumped me the most was the time issue. I think of Sloppy Joes as a really quick meal. You brown hamburger, dump in a can of sauce and you are good to go; easily a meal under 20 minutes. Well, with the crock-pot, you have to brown the hamburger as well, and then you mix everything together and wait 4 hours. It seems easier just to do it all at once. The Crock-Pot Sloppy Joes do have a milder flavor than the canned sauce, so if you are looking for a change, you might try it.
But I would definitely try the French Dips first.
Good to know. Great report, Maleen!