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Regime Type:

Without Eggs, Strict PKD (No Allowances)

Beef Crackling

Introduction & Inspiration

Beef Crackling is such an amazing by-product of making tallow. These delicious and nutritious nuggets of goodness are so satiating and can be enjoyed as-is, or used in a variety of different ways in recipes.

You will love making your own beef tallow, just to appreciate these yummy treats!

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Recipe Overview

Preparation Time

Less than 30 minutes

Cooking Time

Less than 30 minutes

Serving Size

215g Beef Crackling (made from rendering 900g Beef Suet)

Main Ingredients:

900g Beef Suet Fat

Salt To taste

Recipe Instructions

Instructions using an Air Fryer

Chop the beef suet fat into 4-5 cm cubes approximately.

Place the cubes in the basket of an air fryer.

Air fryer the cubes, stirring periodically until the cubes reduce in size and most of the fat is rendered.

Below are some rough guidelines to use when melting your beef suet ( based on the Ninja Tendercrisp machine on the Air Crisp setting):


Temperature Setting 185c - cook for 10 minutes


Temperature Setting 190c - cook for 8 minutes


Temperature Setting 190c - cook for 5 minutes


Temperature Setting 185c - cook for 2 minutes

Once the Beef Crackling is done to your liking, carefully remove the crackling with some kitchen tongs, and place them into a glass bowl.

If you like these with a touch of salt (depending on what recipes you will be using them in), now is the perfect time to add some while they're warm.

Once the Beef Crackling has cooled down, it can be stored in the fridge for several days (although I have found that it doesn't last that long!).



If you do not have an air fryer, don't despair. You can simply melt the Beef Suet cubes in a large pot on the stove. It will take a little longer, but the results are well worth the effort!

While it can be tempting to add salt to the beef crackling cubes while it is cooking, I tend to only salt my beef crackling once I have removed it from the air fryer, since I want the tallow I am making to be as pure as possible and without any added salt.

Beef Crackling can be used as your fat accompaniment for many recipes, as a change from other animal fats.

Check out my Beef Crunchies recipe for ideas on how to use this wonderful Beef Crackling.

Ideally, purchase your beef suet from pasture raised animals.

Try and use white sea salt or rock salt that contains no anticaking agents or other additives.


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