Bone broth has incredible nutritional benefits and is best known for improving digestive health. Make a big batch of this bone broth recipe and store in the refrigerator to drink anytime or use as a base for your favorite soups and savory recipes.

beef-bone-brothIf you ask me what type of soup I drink on a regular basis, I would tell you it’s bone broth. It’s a staple in Chinese cuisine, and recently it’s been gaining popularity in Western culture because of the nutritional benefits.

Animal bones contain high levels of a protein called collagen. Now since we can’t digest bones, we need to extract the nutrients through a long cooking process that breaks down the collagen into a more digestible form called gelatin. It’s this gelatin that contains amino acids that help improve overall digestive health and helps detox the liver.

I’ve shared an ultimate homemade broth guide before. However, since I found a place selling decent beef bones here in Austin, I thought I’d show you how to make beef bone broth at home step by step. If you go to a local butcher in your area, with just a few simple ingredients, you can easily make this superfood at home with a slow cooker. Here’s how. 

First of all, if possible, buy grass-fed organic bones from your butcher. Only a healthy animal will have healthy bones and make a nutritious broth. I get a nice mixture of oxtail, knuckles, short ribs and neck bones.

Preparing the broth is easy. Just roast the bones in the oven, chop up flavorful aromatics and let the slow cooker do all the work!

After 12-24 hours of simmering just strain, let cool and put into jars. To use, skim the accumulated fat off the top of the container and simmer until warm.

Easy as that! Delicious, savory and nutritious bone broth.

P.S. I’ve written an extensive guide on pretty much everything I know about bone broth. Grab a cup of bone broth and give it a read here.


Beef Bone Broth Recipe

Organic beef bone broth made in a slow cooker.

  • Author: Sharon Chen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 23 hours 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 24 hours
  • Yield: 4 quarts 1x
  • Category: Bone Broth, Soup
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Chinese


  • 34 pounds of mixed grass-fed beef bones (marrow bones, oxtail, knuckles, short rib, etc.)
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon peppercorns
  • 810 cups water (or enough to cover ingredients)


  1. Heat oven to 400°F.
  2. Place the mixed bones in a roasting pan in a single layer and place it into the oven. Roast the bones for 30 minutes. Turn bones over and roast another 30 minutes.
  3. While the bones are roasting, chop the onions, carrots, and celery. You are going to discard these after long hours of cooking, so a rough chop works great!
  4. Place roasted bones, chopped vegetables, bay leaves, apple cider vinegar and peppercorns in a 6-quart crockpot. Cover completely with water.
  5. Cover and cook on low for 24 hours. Add water as needed to keep all the ingredients covered in water and periodically skim the foam off the top of the pot.
  6. After 24 hours, the broth should be a dark brown color.  Discard all solids and strain the broth through a fine mesh strainer into a large bowl. Strain once more through cheesecloth to remove any remaining particles if desired.
  7. Ladle the bone broth into Mason jars and let it chill to room temperature. Bone broth can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks or frozen for future use. Before using, skim off the accumulated fat on the surface.


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 133
  • Sugar: 1.1g
  • Sodium: 155.8mg
  • Fat: 7.8g
  • Carbohydrates: 2.3g
  • Protein: 11.2g
  • Cholesterol: 31.8mg

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21 thoughts on “Beef Bone Broth Recipe”

  1. I’ve been looking for a good recipe as it will be my first time trying any broth. Thank you doesn’t sound complicated. I just got to get my hands on bones.
    If I purchase the Kettle n Fire broth, can I or do I have to boil it with the vegetables or does it come ready you drink?

    1. Hi Yvette, Kettle & Fire bone broths are all ready to drink. You do not need to do any cooking or boiling. 🙂

    1. Yes, if you pick the right brand. My go-to is Kettle & Fire if you are in the US. They add organic veggies and herbs in their bone broth.

  2. Delicious bone broth. Don’t know why I bothered to freeze some of it – two days later it was all gone! Getting out the slower cooker to make some more.

    1. Yay! Glad that you enjoy it. Yea, I usually finish one batch within a week too. No need to freeze. 🙂

  3. This is great! Thank you for sharing. I love bone broth. I love my mom’s recipe but I can’t make my own. I’ve been drinking Au Bon Broth and it’s surprisingly great. I love its taste and flavor. I like that it has helped me in improving my health and making me more energetic than before.

    1. Hey Cameron! Glad to hear that. Yea, bone broth has tons of benefits in terms of gut health, joint health, and it’s good for our skin because of the collagen in it, etc. I have been drinking and cooking with Kettle & Fire bone broth. I love that it’s shelf-stable and it can be stored in my pantry for up to 2 years unopened. It tastes great too.

    1. Interesting question. I have never tried to make bone broth with a rice cooker. But I’ll give it a try. 🙂

      1. I don’t think you can, because the heating process is different. Honestly, you can buy a good 6 or 8 quart crockpot on the cheap. I have 3 or 4 of them and use the for a number of things besides broth! 🙂

  4. I love these recipes! First, crock pot, so easy and a time saver. Then, saving money by using what you have and making it stretch. Great recipe, thanks for sharing!

  5. YYUUUSSS!!!!! I was trying to do this in my pressure cooker and I feel like it never came out right. Gave up on it but now with this. Thank you thank you for the video. Seriously you don’t know how excited this has me to get to take another whack at it. Thank you and I’m definitely saving this on Pinterest!

    1. Awesome! Slow cooker is the way to go when it comes to making broth. I hope your next try will be successful. Let me know if you have any questions. Cheers!

    1. Haha…I do both. I always buy some to keep them in my pantry, even though I make my own broth. Whenever I am short on time or don’t have bones, I’ll always have Kettle & Fire bone broth to fall back on. 🙂

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