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How to Make Beef Broth: Step By Step Tutorial

Bone broth and crock pot instructions

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword easy dinner recipe, how to
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Linda Spiker


  • 3 to 4 pounds of mixed beef bones short ribs, oxtails, knuckles, and neck bones
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 2 medium yellow onions
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 bay leaf


  1. Prepare the bones: Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the bones on a baking tray and drizzle with olive oil.
  2. Roast the bones: Place the tray in the oven, roasting for 30 minutes. Turn the bones, then roast for another 30 minutes.
  3. Prepare the vegetables: Chop the carrots, celery, and onions roughly. You'll discard these later, so you don't need to be precise
  4. Combine broth ingredients: Place the roasted bones, chopped vegetables, bay leaf, and cider vinegar in a large stock pot or crock pot. Cover with water so that the ingredients are under at least 2 inches of liquid. At this point, you can also add in any other flavoring ingredients that you want in the broth.

  5. To Cook the broth on cooktop: Heat the broth over high heat until it comes to a rapid simmer, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the broth and let it simmer on low for 12 to 24 hours. Skim off the foam on top periodically. You may have to add water occasionally to make sure the ingredients stay covered.

  6. To Cook Broth in Crock Pot: Cover and heat on low for 12-48 hours. I usually do 24 hours

  7. Strain and cool the broth: After the broth has darkened to a rich brown color, remove it from the heat and strain through a fine-mesh sieve. Place the broth in a large container and let it cool to room temperature. Once cooled, place it in the fridge to chill. Scrape off any solidified fat that rises to the top before using.
  8. Reheating bone broth: Reheat your bone broth for a steaming cup you can sip on its own, or use it as a powerful ingredient in your favorite recipes.