Healthy Beef Bone Broth Recipe

What is bone broth good for? I recommend bone broth as the number one thing you should consume if you’re struggling with leaky gut syndrome, joint problems and common skin concerns like cellulite.

Making this homemade recipe is one of the best ways you can reap all of the awesome beef bone broth benefits. Plus, making beef bone broth is a lot easier than you might think and is far better than store-bought versions which often contain questionable ingredients like MSG.

I hope you try making this delicious and nourishing beef bone broth recipe today.

What Is Bone Broth Good for?

Bone broths have been staples of traditional diets around the world for centuries. What are the benefits of bone broth? Not only are they both flavor- and nutrient-dense, they’re also easy to digest and able to boost internal healing thanks to key components like gelatin, which research has shown can help support intestinal health and integrity. (1)

In addition to gelatin and collagen, the long simmering of the beef bones and ligaments also releases beneficial amino acids like proline, glycine and glutamine. These amino acids are key to metabolic processes, including the support of bone mineral density, muscle tissue creation and repair. Glycine, in particular, has been shown to protect against muscle wasting. (2) Amino acids also help to break down the foods we eat and boost nutrient absorption. (3)Beef bone broth recipe - Dr. Axe

In case you were wondering, the benefits of beef bone broth and chicken bone broth are very similar, so you really can’t go wrong choosing either one! What is the difference between bone broth and stock? They’re usually very similar or even exactly the same in terms of ingredients, but bone broths are typically cooked significantly longer than stocks. Broth is cooked for an even shorter time span than stock. So if you have to choose between the three, opt for bone broth every time.

Are you wondering: Can I drink bone broth on a fast? You certainly can. In fact, I’m a huge fan of periodically doing a bone broth fast.

Do You Just Drink Bone Broth?

People are sometimes at a loss for the best way to consume bone broth on a daily basis. Do you just drink bone broth? You certainly can, but there are so many ways you can use bone broth. Whether you choose chicken or beef bone broth, the options are pretty endless.

But wait, which is better: chicken bone broth or beef bone broth? That mainly comes down to personal taste preference. Choosing between the two can also be based on what goes better with a recipe.Beef bone broth recipe - Dr. Axe

Some recipes like Vietnamese pho or beef bone vegetable soup are clearly best with a beef bone broth. For other dishes like Baked Chile Relleno Casserole or Slow Cooker Chicken Gumbo, chicken bone broth is the perfect addition.

Here are some other mouthwatering ways to use beef bone broth:

If you use all organic ingredients, you’ll be making a delicious organic beef bone broth recipe. It’s especially important to opt for organic bones to avoid factory-farmed meats. If you’re really short on time, you can always purchase high-quality bone broth from your local health food store, or try a protein powder made from bone broth.

Recipe Nutrition Facts

The exact nutrition facts for beef bone broth will vary from batch to batch because it depends upon the exact ingredients you choose to use, how long you cook the broth for, how much fat you skim off the top, etc.Beef bone broth ingredients - Dr. Axe

In general, homemade beef broth is low in calories and fat, contains a notable amount of protein and zero grams of sugar and carbs. (4) The amount of sodium depends upon how much sea salt you use.

Is this a beef bone marrow broth recipe? It definitely is! I recommend opting for beef bones with marrow, which are naturally rich in collagen. To maximize beef bone broth nutrition and quality, the best bones for bone broth come from organically-raised and — in the case of beef — grass-fed animals.

How to Make Beef Bone Broth

Making beef bone broth is just as easy as making my chicken bone broth recipe. All you have to do is combine all of the ingredients in a slow cooker and let it simmer for at least 24 hours. This is truly a pretty effortless beef bone broth slow cooker recipe.

I know making instant pot beef bone broth is much faster, but I don’t recommend beef bone broth instant pot recipes because the low and slow simmering method allows for more time for the bones and other ingredients to release all of their beneficials components into the broth.

Remember that it’s easy to make this a grass-fed beef bone broth by opting for bones from a grass-fed cow. Same goes for making an organic beef bone broth — simply opt for all of your ingredients to be organic.

And don’t worry, making this bone broth recipe Paleo-friendly takes no additional effort because it is totally Paleo diet-approved!Beef bone broth step 1 - Dr. Axe

Begin to place the ingredients in a 10-quart capacity slow cooker, starting with the beef bones.Beef bone broth step 2 - Dr. Axe

Add the veggies and remaining dry ingredients.Beef bone broth step 3 - Dr. Axe

Add the water.Beef bone broth step 4 - Dr. Axe

Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce and simmer gently, skimming the fat that rises to the surface occasionally. Simmer for 24 to 48 hours.Beef bone broth step 5 - Dr. Axe

Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Discard all solids.

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Strain the remainder through a colander.
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After straining, let stock cool to room temperature, cover and chill.
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Use within a week, or you can freeze your homemade beef bone broth for up to three months.
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That’s all … Making homemade bone broth is not as hard as you’d think!Beef bone broth recipe - Dr. Axe

Total Time

48 hours



Meal Type

Side Dishes & Soups,
Soups & Slow Cooker

Diet Type



  • 4 pounds beef bones with marrow
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • 4 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 medium onions, peel on, sliced in half lengthwise and quartered
  • 4 garlic cloves, peel on and smashed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon whole peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 5-6 sprigs parsley
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 18-20 cups cold water


  1. Place all ingredients in a 10 quart capacity crock-pot.
  2. Add in water.
  3. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce and simmer gently, skimming the fat that rises to the surface occasionally.
  4. Simmer for 24-48 hours.
  5. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  6. Discard solids and strain remainder in a bowl through a colander. Let stock cool to room temperature, cover and chill.
  7. Use within a week or freeze up to 3 months.

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