How to Make Lamb or Goat Bone Broth

Chicken and beef bone broth get lots of attention, but homemade lamb bone broth is even better, especially made from the mild meat breeds raised at Shepherd Song Farm. If you’ve ever wondered if you can make bone broth from lamb, you can. Read on and I’ll explain what you need to know.

Lamb or goat bone broth recipe
A mug of lamb bone broth.

Part of the reason you might not see lamb and goat bone broth sold in stores is that people assume it will be gamey, or strong tasting. As long as you’re using the correct meat, there’s nothing to be worried about, and for the record, the correct meat means a breed of lamb or goat bred for it’s good-tasting, mild meat. What you don’t want, is a hair breed from Australia or New Zealand, which are bred for hair, and have strong-tasting meat that’s essentially a by-product of the wool industry.

When it’s time to make your stock, Chef Alan Bergo has a few tips and they might surprise you. The most important one you’ll find below is that chef prefers to cook the stock in a slow cooker, or crock pot. The slow cooker is ideal since the gentle cooking gives a clear broth, and the insulation from the ceramic insert of a slow cooker holds in heat for a superior collagen extraction. What you’ll end up with is a broth that gently coats the mouth with gelatin–a rich drinking experience. Chef suggests serving the broth in a mug, infused with a bit of rosemary and, lemon and cracked pepper.

Chef Alan Bergo

This recipe is by chef Alan Bergo. A chef from Minnesota, Alan is a veteran of the culinary industry, former executive chef of acclaimed Lucia’s Restaurant, and the Salt Cellar. Founder of the website Forager Chef, he’s best known as a respected authority on Midwestern foraging. Learn more about Alan and his hunt for mushrooms, wild and obscure foods at Forager Chef.

Looking to buy lamb or goat online? Shepherd Song Farm: Grass to table. We raise lambs & goats traditionally, humanely and sustainably. 100% Grass Fed, Pasture Raised, Never Confined, no Hormones, Grains or Animal Byproducts. Born, raised and processed in the U.S.A. Good for you and good for the environment.

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Homemade Lamb or Goat Bone Broth

Lamb or goat bone broth cooked in a crock pot yields a broth with more collagen and body than normal cooking methods. Makes about 3 qts.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 day
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bone Broth, Goat, Lamb, Slow Cooker
Servings: 10 Portions
Cost: 15


  • Slow Cooker


  • 3-4 lbs Lamb and goat bones Your choice *
  • 1 small Carrot Small amount, cut into large pieces
  • 1 small Yellow onion Small amount, peeled and cut into large pieces
  • 1 Rib of celery Small amount, cut into large pieces
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • small sprigs of rosemary for serving - optional
  • ground black pepper for serving - optional
  • lemon juice for serving - optional


  • Preheat the oven to 350. Roast the bones for 1 hour in cast iron pans, or alternately, baking sheets lined with parchment for easy cleanup can be used.
  • Drain the fat from the pans and reserve for another use or discard. Put the bones in a slow cooker with the vegetables, top off the pot with water, and set on low for 24 hours, and as long as 48, topping off with fresh water if the level gets far below the bones for periods of extended cooking.
  • Remove the bones, strain the stock, season to taste with salt, then chill completely to set the fat. Skim off the fat from the chilled broth, then refrigerate for up to 4 days, or freeze until needed. Chef Bergo prefers to freeze his, since thawing in a pan is quick and easy.
  • To serve the bone broth, heat some of the broth, seasoning with a few cracks of the pepper mill and a dash of fresh lemon juice. Put a small rosemary sprig into a mug for each person, then pour steaming hot broth into the mugs and serve.


This recipe is very easy: all you do is roast bones and put them in a slow cooker covered with water. But, know that the amount of bones that can fit in a slow cooker can vary due to the size of the bones. Larger bones like femurs will take up more space, while it will be easier to fit more cut bones into a pot. 
While some people claim it's necessary to add vinegar to bone broth it's not. The crock pot will extract more than enough collagen and works perfectly fine. 
We have many bones. Check out the full selection here