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Beef Bone Broth for the Slow Cooker

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The health benefits of Beef Bone Broth are enormous, and making it at home in the slow cooker couldn’t be easier. 

Homemade bone broth

Over the last several months, I’ve been hearing more and more about the benefits of drinking bone broth and how good it is for your skin and gut. Since I’m all about trying to slow the aging process and be as healthy as possible in the process, I decided to make my own bone broth using the slow cooker and share the recipe with you! It’s delicious, nutritious, and costs only pennies per serving.

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Homemade beef bone broth is easy to make and so healthy for you.

Bone broth is rich in vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that support a healthy immune system. Since it’s made directly from bones (as any good homemade soup stock or broth is), it’s packed full of healthy collagen that aids in plumping aging skin, and also helps heal your gut lining which reduces intestinal inflammation. Bone broth is even believed to help reduce the appearance of cellulite, and if that alone isn’t enough reason to make and drink it, I don’t know what is!

Healthy and delicious bone broth recipe

Beef bones can be purchased from any butcher or grocery store right in the meat department. If they’re not out in the meat case, just ask the butcher for a few beef femur bones. They’ll most likely be cut into larger 6″ – 7″ bones, or the smaller ones like I purchased which are 3″ – 4″ in length. I used four smaller bones to make my broth and made sure to roast them first, before making the broth, to bring out even more beefy flavor.

Place the beef bones on a baking sheet and place them in a preheated 425-degree oven for 45-50 minutes. This step can be done in advance and then refrigerate the bones until you’re ready to make the broth. To make the broth, place the roasted bones in a 6-quart slow cooker.

How to make beef bone broth.

Add 12 cups water to the cooker, along with carrots, celery, shallots, bay leaves, jalapeno pepper, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper.

How to make bone broth.

Cover and cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 6-8 hours. Carefully remove the bones from the cooker.

Making beef bone broth.

Use a large slotted spoon to remove all the aromatics, leaving only the broth behind. Use a ladle to scoop out the broth and strain it into a large 4- quart container. Serve hot now, or allow the broth to cool before refrigeration. Microwave before drinking if refrigerated.

Making bone broth at home.
Homemade beef bone broth is easy to make and so healthy for you.

Beef Bone Broth for the Slow Cooker

Renee – Kudos Kitchen
Homemade beef bone broth is healthy, nutritious and delicious.
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  • 4 beef femur bones including marrow, approximately 3″- 4″ in length
  • 12 cups water
  • 5-6 medium carrots washed (cut into chunks)
  • 7-8 celery stalks leaves included (cut into chunks)
  • 2 large shallots cut in half, skin on
  • 2 medium bay leaves
  • 1 jalapeno pepper halved and seeded (leave seeds in if you like it really hot)
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • baking sheet
  • aluminum foil optional to cover the baking sheet
  • 6 quart slow cooker
  • large slotted spoon
  • large strainer
  • 4 quart container


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Place the bones on a baking sheet and roast in a preheated oven for 45-50 minutes.
  • Cool and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Place the roasted bones in a slow cooker.
  • Add the water, carrots, celery, shallots, bay leaves, jalapeno, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or high for 4 hours.
  • Remove the bones from the cooker. Save for another use or discard.
  • Use a large slotted spoon to remove the aromatics from the cooker.
  • Use the ladle and strainer to strain the broth into a large 4 quart container.
  • Serve immediately, or refrigerate until ready to drink.


I like to add a splash or two of hot sauce to mine before drinking.
If you like a hotter (spicier) broth, leave the seeds in the jalapeno instead of removing.
If refrigerated, microwave the broth before serving.
Bone broth will keep in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
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Healthy and nutritious bone broth is easier to make at home than you may think.
Nutritious bone broth made in the slow cooker.

Ahhhhh. I feel better already, and I can almost feel my cellulite melting away. Ha! Ha! Ha!… If only! 

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Recipe Rating

Rose | The Clean Dish

Sunday 28th of February 2016

Look at that golden color! Glorious! I'm fascinated by your slow cooker method. As always, your step by step instructions rock! Now I just need to replace my broken slow cooker and I'm in business :)

Nutmeg Nanny

Thursday 25th of February 2016

Haha did you're puppies go crazy when you were roasting the bones? My friend does this and her dog goes crazy the whole time they are roasting. The puppy loves the smell of those fresh bones! (Side note: sometimes she'll then fill the middle of the bone with peanut butter after roasting. The dog LOVES it!) Now about this bone broth - YES! I love stock because it's packed with so much good for you deliciousness. Plus it's so easy to make!

Cookin Canuck

Wednesday 24th of February 2016

Bone broth always has the most amazing flavor. Love that it has so many health benefits, too!

Colleen (Souffle Bombay)

Wednesday 24th of February 2016

That mug!! Love the broth, my mom has been getting into bone broths...I'm sharing this one with her...TY!

Angie | Big Bear's Wife

Tuesday 23rd of February 2016

I've never heard of the benefits of drinking broth before! This is so neat. I'm so going to have to make some of this at home soon. I had no idea that it was good for your skin.