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Southern Smothered Oxtails

These oxtails are slow-cooked until they are fall-off-the-bone tender, then smothered in a homemade onion and garlic gravy. You can't beat this flavor!
Course Dinner, Slow Cooker
Cuisine Southern/ Soul Food
Keyword Southern Smothered Oxtails
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author I Heart Recipes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 pounds beef oxtails
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp freshly cracked or ground black pepper
  • 3/4 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

Instructions

  • 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 1/4 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.
  • Enjoy!

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