With just a few ham hocks, you can make an amazing Pork Bone Broth in your slow cooker. This type of bone broth provides a nutritional powerhouse of collagen to nourish your skin, nails, hair, and gut health. Plus, this recipe makes excellent Ramen Broth too!
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Use Ham Hocks for Pork Bone Broth
Pork bone broth is easy to make with smoked ham hocks for a wonderful flavor. But the hocks are valued for much more than their flavor.
If you can find ham hocks, they will make the most nourishing bone broth, thanks to the pigskin that surrounds the hock. The pigskin is outstanding for our skin because it is very rich in collagen. It’s this collagen that, once cooked, makes the pork bone broth so gelatinous, and this gelatin nourishes our intestinal tract and helps keep our skin smooth and wrinkle-free.
Other Ingredient Options for Pork Bone Broth
But what if you can’t find ham hocks? Not to worry. You can also use ham shanks or rib bones, as well as bones from bone-in pork chops and the leg bone from a bone-in ham. Any combination of pork bones will make an excellent pork bone broth.
How Do I Use Pork Bone Broth?
Pork bone broth, like all bone broth, is very versatile. You can warm it and drink it as a beverage. You can use it in place of water when making rice and other grains. And it’s excellent for making bean soups. Also, if you enjoy making ramen, this is the broth you want to learn how to make!
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If you have pork ribs or pork chops, try these recipes for warm and delicious meals.
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Watch the following videos to learn more about the best bones for bone broth, why gelatinous bone broth is important, and more!
More Bone Broth Recipes
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How To Make Pork Bone Broth in the Slow Cooker
- 8-Quart Slow Cooker (If using a 6-Quart slow cooker, reduce bones to 3 pounds and water to 3-Quarts.)
- 4 pounds Ham Hocks Or another mix of pork bones, including ham shanks and ham bones.
- 1 cup Fortified wine, such as Madeira, Marsala, or Port (regular wine can also be used) Optional
- 1/4 cup Apple cider vinegar (ACV) If using ACV, omit fortified wine.
- 3 Onions, quartered with skins on
- 3 Celery stalks including leaves, large chop
- 3 Carrots, unpeeled and large chops
- 2 Bay leaves
- 10 Peppercorns
- 4 quarts Filtered water You may need less water. You just want to use enough water to cover all the ingredients.
- Place all the ingredients into the slow cooker. If you choose to use the fortified wine or wine, you can omit the apple cider vinegar. Add water to the slow cooker or stockpot just to cover all the ingredients.
- Turn the slow cooker to the high setting for one hour, then turn it down to the keep warm setting and allow to simmer on keep warm for six hours. If your slow cooker does not have a keep warm setting, turn it down to the low setting, but tilt the slow cooker lid to allow for some of the steam to escape to prevent the bone broth from boiling.
- After six hours, turn off the slow cooker. Allow broth to cool slightly, and then begin to strain ingredients with a slotted spoon. Reserve meat, bones, and skin to be reused to make a second batch of broth. (Or just reserve bones and skin for a second batch of bone broth and eat the meat.)
- Once all the ingredients have been strained from the broth, line a colander with a cheesecloth or flour sack towel and place over a deep pot. Use a ladle to transfer the broth from the slow cooker or stockpot into the lined colander. The broth will drain through the lined colander into the deep pot. This will help to strain out the small bits of meat, vegetables, etc., that were not strained out with the slotted spoon.
- Once all the broth has been strained through the lined colander into the deep pot, transfer this pot to the refrigerator until the fat rises to the top and congeals. (Or you can use a fat separator to remove the fat before refrigerating. See video.)
- Upon removing the bone broth from the refrigerator, skim off the fat that has risen and congealed at the top, and transfer the fat to a separate container to be used in other recipes. Transfer the broth to one or more containers with a cover that can then be refrigerated or frozen.
- Depending on how you plan to use it, you can store the broth in multiple smaller containers or one single large container. This bone broth will stay fresh for 3-4 days when refrigerated. If frozen in the freezer of a refrigerator, it will stay fresh for 6 months. In a separate freezer that is not opened frequently, it will stay fresh for up to 12 months.
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