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Slow cooker beef bone broth! Made super easy with the crockpot!

Beef Bone Broth in the Crockpot

Better than any store bought beef broth! Beef bone broth can either be made in a batch or toss in 1 bone when cooking your favorite stew or soup.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 3 d
Total Time 3 d 20 mins
Course broth
Cuisine American


  • 6-8 Qrt Crockpot
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Large, metal pasta strainer
  • Oven mitts
  • spatula,
  • The kind of slotted spoon used for poaching eggs...see dorky/old picture of me below
  • Large dinner plate
  • Large cutting board
  • Old, plastic shopping bag
  • Quart size glass measuring cup
  • Fine strainers with hooks
  • Plast funnel


  • 3-4 carrots
  • 1-2 onions- depending on how big the onion
  • 3-4 ribs of celery
  • 1-2 bulbs of garlic
  • Up to 3 beef bones. These are fairly affordable as they largely depend on the size weight and the amount of bones in the package.
  • 4 + Bay leaves
  • 2 TBS apple cider vinegar- this draws the fat and other nutrients from the bones.
  • Kosher salt bigger the grains the better- more the better, you dilute with water in the long run
  • Whole black peppercorn- more the better. I fill a cap from the Kirkland peppercorn bottle pour it in and call it good.
  • 1-2 TBS of Each: Italian Seasoning Oregano, Basil, Cilantro


  • Combine all ingredients and seasoning, and vinegar into crockpot
  • Fill the crockpot to the top with water- but not all the way because the crockpot will boil the water
  • Turn on HIGH for 3-5 hours
  • Turn on LOW until the fat and marrow has totally fallen out and has been cooked down
  • Once finished, clear out the side of your sink that is closest to the crockpot and follow the next instructions
  • Put the large mixing bowl in the sink, and put the strainer inside the mixing bowl
  • Use the slotted spoon to scoop out the the bigger chunks and carefully remove the bones from the crockpot. Everything is extremely hot, so be very careful that the bone doesn't fall back in. It will burn you! Place all these ingredients in the plastic bag, set it aside for next step
  • Using oven mitts, pick up the base and dump it into the pasta strainer in the sink. The strainer will catch anything you couldn't put it the plastic bag. Lift the strainer and dump or scoop the particles in the strainer into the plastic bag. Tie up the plastic bag and put it in the trash.
  • Carefully take the mixing bowl to another counter and pour some of it into the glass measuring cup
  • Grab a mason jar and place the funnel in the mason jar
  • Place the small strainer on the rim of the funnel and pour the broth into the mason jar. The strainer will catch anything that the first strainer didn't catch and the funnel will try to keep everything clean
  • Continue with pouring from big mixing bowl to glass measuring cup, to mason jar until you're out of mason jars!


  • This can last 1-2 weeks in the fridge, or fill the mason jar most of the way and freeze it for later.
  • Check your broth periodically to ensure that nothing is burning, to check the flavor, add seasoning, or add water.
  • Recommended: make the broth near your kitchen sink- that way it's easier to add water to your crockpot
  • While making beef bone broth is super easy, there are some tedious steps and it can be time consuming. I recommend making beef bone broth on a Friday/Saturday so that you can keep an eye on everything.
  • Empty your kitchen sink when it's time to dump your crockpot and start pouring it into mason jars
Keyword beef bone broth, beef bones, bone broth, chicken broth, crockpot recipes, keto-friendly