Pork Bone Broth – Bare Bones Broth Cookbook GIVEAWAY & review

Bare Bones Broth Cookbook- giveaway

After winning the Primal Palate's Fall Fest contest for Best Savory Recipe with my Curried Pumpkin and Apple with Raisins, I was introduced to some great paleo companies.  One of which was the Bare Bones Broth Co.  I have to tell you right off the bat that their customer service is fantastic.  Not everyone takes the time to make bone broth as it is time-consuming, and BBB makes high-quality bone broths for purchase from their website.

Two of the three co-founders, Kate and Ryan Harvey have just published the Bare Bones Broth Cookbook (buy here!).  They sent us a copy to review (and we get to share one of their recipes: Pork Bone Broth!!!).  They're also supplying a copy to giveaway – so enter to win at the bottom of the page.

I have a slight addiction to cookbooks.  I love recipe books with beautiful photography.  It's a weakness.  I'm trying to get a handle on it.  The funny thing is:  I rarely – almost never – actually follow recipes.  Ironic, I know.

The Bare Bones Broth Cookbook is a physically high-quality book with its beautiful hardcover and heavy-weight paper.  My first reaction while thumbing through these pages was that these sturdy sheets are aching to be stained with love.  Filled with real food recipes, I was reminded of the type of cookbook that Grandmas would pass down from generation to generation.  So remember to add side notes of your own as you go through (but don't use tiny illegible serial-killer-writing as Holley calls my handwriting…).

Not every recipe has a photo – which is a negative for me, but the photos that are in the book are very attractive (all photos on this page are from the book and were taken by the talented Christopher Testani.  Seriously, check out his site).

I talked to Kate for a bit about the Bare Bones Broth Cookbook.  She actually shared with me more stories than I expected, which I really appreciated.  I can tell that if we ever get the chance to meet that we would connect very quickly.  Their last couple years have been action-packed:  marriage, career changes, everything involved with the book, moving the business, growing the business, a few re-brands….  Wow!  It was clear from talking to Katherine that they, like Holley and I, are passionate about improving people's health through real food.  They both left successful careers to pursue this passion and it sounds like it's paying off.  There is no greater feeling than that of being fulfilled by following your passion.  How great is it that the result is food that we can all benefit from?!

A few quick stories that Kate shared with me:

“We wrote the book right after relocating our business to Oregon to expand, so it was a CRAZY time for us business-wise. We hired a culinary school friend of Ryan's, Jeanette Armijo, to help us develop the recipes, and she came up from San Diego and lived with us for two months. The three of us cranked the book out in that 2-month period. It was total madness.”
“The manuscript was due on our first wedding anniversary…. The typical gift for your first anniversary is paper, so we joke that we gave each other a book.”
“When Ryan first started Bare Bones out of his house, he had a pot of broth simmering overnight one night. But he forgot to open the windows, so when he woke up the next morning, the steam from the broth had condensed on the ceiling. It was, quite literally, raining broth.”
“We flew out to New York for the photo shoot for the book. It was my first time trying out Airbnb, and I had trouble getting in touch with the host for arrival instructions the day before we left. I kept hoping he would get back to me but we landed in New York at midnight, in the rain, with absolutely nowhere to stay. We ended up in a crack-den of a hotel in Brooklyn for $250/night. I kid you not: The reception desk was situated behind bulletproof glass. Airbnb was great about refunding our money the next day and helping me find alternative places to stay, but holy smokes. NOT a good first impression of the service. We have since had only outstanding Airbnb experiences.”

I love it!  Kate and Ryan have done a fantastic job of compiling this book full of real food recipes, all involving bone broths.  As you can see, this book is a winner!


Pork Bone Broth

  • Author: Katherine & Ryan Harvey from the Bare Bones Broth Cookbook
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 30 min
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 min
  • Yield: 5 L


One of the many real food recipes from the Bare Bones Broth Cookbook


  • 2 to 3 lbs pork hocks
  • 2 to 3 lbs pork necks
  • 2 to 3 lbs pork hooves
  • 20 cups water
  • 2 Tbsp white or apple cider vinegar
  • 2 onions (peeled & chopped)
  • 1 carrot (chopped)
  • 1 celery stalk (chopped)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. On a baking sheet, spread out the pork hocks and necks in an even layer. Roast until golden brown, about 40 minutes.
  3. In a large stockpot or slow cooker, combine the hocks, necks, and hooves. Cover with the water, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to medium. If using a slow cooker, set the temperature to high. When broth begins to boil, reduce slow cooker temperature to low. Skim off the fat and scum that rises to the top and discard. It usually takes about 1 hour for the scum and impurities to rise.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients and continue to simmer for 15 to 20 hours, adding water as necessary to just keep the bones covered – this is key to yielding a gelatinous bone broth. If using a stockpot, be vigilant about checking the water level. We’ve burned plenty of batches, and recommend using alarms to prevent burning your precious broth.
  5. Gently strain or ladle the liquid through a fine-mesh strainer into a container. Fill your sink with ice water. Place the container of broth in the ice bath to cool for about an hour. Use the broth right away, or cover and refrigerate for up to 1 week, or freeze for up to 1 year.

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Disclaimer:  This review was sponsored by Bare Bones Broth Co. but all opinions and experiences shared here are my own – BBB is one of those companies that makes you feel good to interact with!  Don't believe me?  Check out their Instagram and Twitter feeds.
Pork Bone Broth - Bare Bones Broth Cookbook GIVEAWAY & review
Pork Bone Broth - Bare Bones Broth Cookbook GIVEAWAY & review

About the Author:

I’m trained as a pharmacist, but my passion lies in changing people’s mental and physical health through amazing food… and laughter. I’ll laugh at my own jokes even if you don’t. I love food. Lust may be a more appropriate word. Prepare to get your Paleo-induced drool-on!


  1. Aimee February 19, 2016 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    Finally a pork stock recipie! I have pork neck bones and hocks from my farmer when I get my annual pig, I usually make my Sunday Sauce (that would be tomato gravy for those of you who are in with the mofia) and split pea soup (yes I know, not very paleo with those legumes) with the hocks. I never thought to ask for the hooves, maybe next year!

    • Raj February 19, 2016 at 4:39 pm

      Nice work Aimee! Yay for offal!

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