Saturday, January 16, 2021

Southern Smothered Oxtails


Southern Smothered Oxtails

I didn’t cook a traditional Sunday dinner, but I was feeling very homesick last week and decided to cook a very southern dinner and oxtails had to be on the menu.


  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons of kosher salt
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons of worcestershire sauce
  • 3 fresh garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon freshly cracked or ground black pepper
  • 2 1/2 pounds oxtails
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups of beef broth OR water
  • more salt and pepper for taste


First, season the oxtails with 2 teaspoons of kosher salt and 1 teaspoon of black pepper.

Then, pour the worcestershire sauce over the oxtails, then toss the oxtails to make sure they're well coated.

Then sprinkle 1/4 cup of flour over the oxtails and make sure the oxtails are coated in flour.

Then pour the vegetable oil into a large saucepan and place the saucepan over medium heat.

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

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

Return to the pan with the hot oil.

If these are burnt pieces in the pan, pour in the oil, strain, clean the pan, then pour the filtered oil into the pan.

Start adding the rest of the flour to the pot, but only a little bit at a time.

Whisk continuously.

Once the flour is brown and looks like "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 to medium to high.

When the sauce is completely boiling, reduce the heat to medium and add the chopped onions and garlic.

Stir the sauce and do a taste test.

Add as much salt and pepper as you think you need.

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

Make sure the oxtails are well covered in the sauce, then set the slow cooker to high.

Leave to cook for 8 hours.

When done, serve with mashed potatoes, rice, or whatever you like.

Happy Cooking Time.