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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 oxtails, smothered oxtail, Southern Smothered Oxtails
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author I Heart Recipes



Brown the Oxtails

  • Season the oxtails with 2 tsp kosher salt and 1 tsp black pepper.
    2 tsp kosher salt, 1 tsp freshly cracked or ground black pepper, 2 1/2 pounds beef oxtails
  • Drizzle the Worcestershire sauce all over the oxtails, then toss the oxtails to make sure that they are coated.
    2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • Next, sprinkle 1/4 cup of flour all over the oxtails and make sure that the oxtails are coated with the flour.
    1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • Next, pour the vegetable oil into a large pan and place the pan over medium heat.
    3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • Once the oil is nice and hot, add the oxtails to the pan and brown them on every side.
  • 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.

Make the Onion Garlic Gravy

  • Start adding the remaining flour into the pan, but only a little bit at a time. Whisk continuously.
    1 cup all-purpose flour
  • Once the flour is brown and chunky in texture, 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.
    3 cups beef broth OR water
  • Once the gravy reaches a full boil, reduce the heat to medium, and add in the sliced onions and garlic.
    1 large yellow onion, 3 cloves of fresh garlic
  • Stir the gravy and do a taste test. Add as much salt & pepper as you need to taste.
    * more salt & pepper for taste

Slow Cook the Oxtails

  • 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!