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bbq oxtails

Slow Cooker Barbecue Oxtails

Delicious and tender oxtails slow-cooked in a sweet and tangy BBQ sauce.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Slow Cooker, Southern
Keyword BBQ Oxtails
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author I Heart Recipes


  • 3 lbs oxtails
  • 1 medium sized yellow onion chopped
  • 2 tbsp of my homemade BBQ rub/seasoning OR 2 tsp favorite store bought BBQ seasoning
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 cups BBQ sauce
  • desired amount of liquid smoke I used a little over 1 tbsp
  • 3 cups beef broth OR chicken broth OR water


  • Place the oxtails and onions into a large mixing bowl, then drizzle the oil all over the oxtails.
  • Next make sure everything is nicely coated with the oil, then sprinkle the BBQ seasoning all over the oxtails.
  • Place the oxtails and onions into a large pot, and place the pot over medium high heat.
  • Brown the oxtails and onions, then remove from the pot, and place them into the slow cooker.
  • Go back to the pot that you brown the oxtails in, and pour in the chicken broth OR water.
  • Next add in the barbecue sauce, and liquid smoke.
  • Mix everything, an let cook for 5 minutes over medium heat.
  • Pour the barbecue sauce over the oxtails, then place the lid on the slow cooker.
  • Let cook on LOW for 6 hours.
  • Serve with your favorite sides.
  • Enjoy!