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Beef Tallow Recipe

How to Make Beef Tallow

Learn how to render beef fat to make the best beef tallow for cooking!
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Course: Ingredients
Cuisine: American, American BBQ
Keyword: beef tallow, how to make beef tallow, what is beef tallow?
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 5 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 25 servings
Calories: 75kcal
Author: Sabrina Baksh


  • Slow-cooker or stockpot
  • coffee filter or cheesecloth
  • fine mesh sieve
  • mason jars


  • 3 pounds beef fat trimmed


  • Trim off the meaty bits and gristle from the fat.
  • Freeze the fat for 30-60 minutes. If the fat has already been frozen, skip this step.
  • Chop into smaller chunks and add them to your food processor, pulse until it takes on the appearance of crumbled feta.
  • Place the fat inside your slow-cooker (crockpot), secure the lid, and set it on low. Cook for 4-5 hours.
  • During the end stages, the impurities will rise to the top. Once liquid beneath the impurities looks clear, your tallow is done.
  • Strain the melted fat into a large bowl using a fine-mesh strainer.
  • Now, place a cheesecloth (or coffee filters) over your mason jar. Pour the tallow into the jar. Repeat process with subsequent jars.
  • Use immediately, or allow the jars to cool. It will turn whitish-yellow color as it cools.
  • Store at room temperature on your countertop or pantry for several days, or place it into your refrigerator for 8-10 weeks.


Calories: 75kcal | Protein: 12g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 36mg | Potassium: 188mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg