Some good recipes for homemade mincemeat include mincemeat pie from the Food Network, homemade mincemeat from SFGate and BBC's traditional mincemeat. Each of the recipes calls for suet, a hard fat that can be found at a butcher's shop.
Make homemade mincemeat by combining 1 pound of cored and chopped apples, 8 ounces of shredded beef suet, 4 ounces of candied-and-chopped orange peel, 4 ounces of candied-and-chopped lemon peel, and 4 ounces of slivered or chopped almonds in a bowl. Mix in 12 ounces of raisins, 8 ounces of Zante currants and 8 ounces of sultana golden raisins. Add the juice and zest from 1 lemon along with 12 ounces of dark brown sugar, 2 1/2 teaspoons of ground allspice, 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon of grated nutmeg and 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger. Cover, and chill the mincemeat overnight before baking in a pan at 225 degrees Fahrenheit for three hours. Allow the mincemeat to cool before stirring in 7 tablespoons of brandy.
Another recipe uses 4 ounces of dried figs, 2 ounces of dried cherries, and 1 ounce of crystallized ginger, in conjunction with apples, raisins and suet. A simple yet traditional recipe calls for only apples, currants and raisins, along with spices and suet.