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creamy white lard from fatback

How to Make Lard in Your Crockpot

Summer Yule
Lard is a fabulous ingredient to add to your culinary toolbox but it can be difficult to find in stores. Make your own with my tutorial on how to make lard in your crockpot!
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Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs
Course Slow Food DIY
Cuisine American
Servings 40 (varies)
Calories 120 kcal


  • 2-4 lbs pork fatback (0.9-1.8 kg)
  • freezer space :)


  • Be sure to read the post before you begin this recipe. It contains more details on the equipment that you need for this slow food project.
  • Keep the slabs of fatback at 38-40°F/3.3-4.4°C (almost frozen) for easier cutting and grinding. Cut the fatback into 1-inch (2.54 cm) cubes (or smaller). I chose to keep the skin on the fatback.
    cubed fatback for how to make lard article
  • Using a meat grinder, coarsely grind the cold fatback cubes. Send them through the grinder slowly, being careful not to jam your grinder. (If your grinder cannot handle the fat cubes or you do not have a grinder, you may skip this step. However, it is likely that your lard yield will be lower.)
  • Put the ground fatback (or the fatback cubes) in a slow cooker and set it on low. Cover the slow cooker.
  • Every hour, siphon off all of the oil you can into food-safe jars. I used a turkey baster to make this easier. Leave the solids in the slow cooker.
  • Continue collecting the lard every hour (or every half hour, if desired) for a total of 2-3 hours. The lard you collect should be clear and nearly colorless. I found that the oil collected beyond three hours had turned golden and was overcooked.
    how to make lard in your crockpot, lard color by time in slow cooker
  • Let your lard cool to room temperature. Put lids on the jars and store them in the fridge or freezer, depending on how quickly they will be used. Keep in mind that homemade lard does not last as long as store-bought lard in the refrigerator.


This is a level 3 recipe (weight maintenance and active lifestyles). At approximately 120 calories per tablespoon, lard is an extremely energy-dense food. It’s a good idea to go light on the added fats if you have a weight loss goal. If you choose to make this, I recommend keeping it in small jars in the freezer, only defrosting what you need.


Calories: 120kcal
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