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How to Render Lard in a CrockPot

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Course: Make Your Own
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade lard, how to render lard in a crockpot, rendering lard
Author: Rachel Abernathy


  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • CrockPot with adjustable heat
  • Metal spoon
  • Fine mesh strainer
  • Glass measuring cup
  • Coffee filter
  • Container for storing lard


  • 1 large package hog backfat
  • 1/4-3/4 cup water (depends on amount of fat)


  • Cut fat into small cubes, or grind into a pulpy mixture.
  • Put lard into room temperature CrockPot.
  • Stir in water.
  • Turn CrockPot on high. Allow to heat until starting to bubble, stirring often.
  • Continue stirring carefully. (Watch for splatters!)
  • Place fine mesh strainer lined wiht a coffee filter over a heat-proof glass measuring cup.
  • Strain hot lard through filter.
  • Cool at room temp, then store in fridge for up to a week, or store in the freezer for longer term storage.


From my understanding, the hotter and longer you cook the lard, the stronger it will taste and smell. I’ve personally experienced this.