Beef Bone Broth


This is a very basic beef bone broth recipe that you can make as a Sunday project. Freeze the broth for use within six months. If desired, refrigerate before freezing so that you can skim off any hard fat that forms or solidifies on the top.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
12 hrs 30 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
13 hrs 10 mins
12 servings


  • 3 ½ pounds beef bones, such as oxtail, short rib, knuckle, and shank

  • 2 stalks celery, cut into 2-inch pieces

  • 1 large onion, cut into 8 pieces

  • 1 medium leek - roots trimmed off, cleaned, and cut into 2-inch pieces

  • 1 whole head garlic, halved crosswise

  • 12 cups water, or as needed

  • 2 bay leaves, or more to taste

  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

  2. Place beef bones on the prepared baking sheet.

  3. Roast bones in the preheated oven for 40 minutes, turning over at the halfway point.

  4. Carefully place bones into a large stockpot and pour in any juices that have collected on the baking sheet. Add celery, onion, leek, and garlic to the stockpot, and add just enough water to completely cover the bones. Stir in bay leaves, vinegar, salt, and pepper.

  5. Bring broth to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to a very low simmer and cover, venting the lid a bit. Simmer for 12 hours, occasionally skimming off any foam and "gunk" that rises to the top. Add additional water whenever bones and vegetables are no longer covered.

  6. Remove the pot from the heat and cool broth to room temperature. Strain broth with a fine-mesh strainer into a clean pot. Discard bones and vegetables.

Cook's Note:

Use a mix of bones, such as oxtail or short ribs, because these are marrow bones or bones that may have some meat on them.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

18 Calories
0g Fat
4g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 18
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 205mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 4mg 18%
Calcium 23mg 2%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 71mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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