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Slow Cooked Southern Smothered Oxtails [VIDEO]

The simplest way to cook a good ol’ soul food style oxtail.

One of the many things we love about slow cooking is the simplicity and ease of cooking our favorite dish despite it seeming like a tedious one. I have always been curious on how to cook oxtail. This is one ingredient that I think is a challenge.

So I went back to researching and eventually found a recipe that seems very promising using oxtail. I love simple recipes with not much ingredients but could create a blend of flavor that you will not regret. And this is one recipe that hits the jackpot.

It uses basic ingredients you already have in your pantry to season both the oxtail and the gravy. And the best part is using the slow cooker to make things easier and make the oxtail super tender. So you don’t need to waste any more time in the kitchen. And did I mention that the finished product is divine?

Check out the recipe below.

Slow Cooked Southern Smothered Oxtails



2½ pounds beef oxtails

1¼ cups all purpose flour

2 tbsp worcestershire sauce

2 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp freshly cracked or ground black pepper

¾ cup vegetable oil

3 cups beef broth OR water

1 large yellow onion, sliced

3 cloves of fresh garlic, minced

* more salt & pepper for taste



Season the oxtails with 2 tsp kosher salt, and 1 tsp black pepper.

Drizzle the worcestershire sauce all over the oxtails, then toss the oxtails to make sure that they are coated.

Next, sprinkle ¼ cup of flour all over the oxtails, and make sure that the oxtails are coated with the flour.


Next pour the vegetable oil into a large pan, and place the pan over medium heat.

Once the oil is nice and hot, add the oxtails in, and brown them.

Once the oxtails are nice and brown remove them from the pan, and put them in the slow cooker.

Return back to the pan with the hot oil.


If they are burnt pieces in the pan, pour out the oil, strain, clean the pan, then pour the strained oil back into the pan.


Start adding the remaining flour into the pan, but only a little bit at a time.

Whisk continuously.

Once the flour is brown, and resembles “chunky peanut butter”, slowly pour in the beef broth or water.

Whisk while you pour!

Make sure everything is lump free, then turn the heat from medium to high.

Once the gravy reaches a full boil, reduce the heat to medium, and add in the sliced onions, and garlic.

Stir the gravy, and do a taste test.


Add as much salt & pepper that you think you may need.

Turn the heat off, and pour the gravy into the slow cooker covering the oxtails.

Make sure that the oxtails are nicely covered with gravy, then set the slow cooker on high.


Let cook for 8 hours.

Once done serve with mashed potatoes, rice, or whatever you’d like.


Thank you very much to Rosie of for the recipe.