Southern Slow Cooker Oxtails Recipe – From The Queen of Soul Food Cooking

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Southern Slow Cooker Oxtails Recipe – From The Queen of Soul Food Cooking

My Oxtails recipe is a delicious hearty meal that I love to prepare, especially in cold weather months. It is a rich and flavorful dish that is so comforting. Today, I will share my super easy slow cooker recipe for the best Southern style oxtails. This recipe goes great with many sides but I love to eat it with cornbread and cabbage and a large glass of homemade sweet tea. I’m sure you and your family will love it. 

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Just a quick note, my All-clad slow cooker has a brown setting that I just love, but if your slow cooker doesn’t have that setting, you can sauté the onions in a pan on your stove.

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1. Ingredients:

ingredients for oxtails recipe

Oxtails, Onion, Beef Broth, Worcestershire Sauce, Browning, Brown Sugar, All-Purpose Flour, Butter, Paprika, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Black Pepper and Kosher Salt

Step 1: Prep Your Oxtails

Let’s begin by preparing the oxtails. In a large mixing bowl, combine the oxtails with 2 tablespoons of browning, 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon of kosher salt, and 1 teaspoon of black pepper. Mix everything well to ensure the oxtails are evenly coated with the seasonings. After that, set the oxtails aside and let the flavors meld while you move on to the next step.

Step 2: Sauté the Onions

Turn the slow cooker setting to brown, melt the butter then saute the onions. Again, if your slow cooker doesn’t have a browning option, don’t worry; we can easily do this in a regular pan on the stove. Sauté the onions for about 2 minutes or until they become soft and translucent. This step is crucial because it infuses the dish with a sweet and savory base that complements the oxtails beautifully.

Step 3: Making the Gravy for the Oxtails

With your sautéed onions looking golden and fragrant, it’s time to make the gravy. To the with slow cooker, add 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour. Whisk the flour continuously until it turns a rich, golden brown. This will take about 3-4 minutes and is essential for achieving a velvety, lump-free gravy.

Once the flour is perfectly browned, it’s time to introduce more depth of flavor. Add in 4 cups of beef broth, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of paprika, 1 teaspoon of onion powder, and 1 teaspoon of garlic powder. Stir this mixture well to ensure the flour is fully incorporated into the liquid, and the spices are evenly distributed.

Step 4: Add the Oxtails

With your flavorful gravy ready to go, it’s time to bring the oxtails into the mix. Carefully add the marinated oxtails into the slow cooker, making sure they’re evenly distributed in the gravy.

Step 5: Slow Cook to Perfection

Now, it’s time to let your slow cooker work its magic. Cover the slow cooker with its lid, and set it to the slow-cook setting. Let the oxtails simmer and cook for a total of 4 hours. This slow cooking process will transform the oxtails into tender, succulent pieces of meat that practically melt in your mouth. The long cooking time allows the flavors to meld, creating a rich and savory dish that you’ll want to make again and again.

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Southern Oxtails Recipe – From The Queen of Soul Food Cooking

Recipe by Soul Food Cooking
3.7 from 49 votes
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  • 2 lb Oxtails

  • 1 Cup Onion

  • 4 Cups Beef Broth

  • 2 Tbsps Worcestershire Sauce

  • 4 Tbsps Browning

  • 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar

  • 1/4 Cup. All-Purpose Flour

  • 1/4 Cup Butter

  • 1 tsp Paprika

  • 1 tsp Onion Powder

  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder

  • 1 tsp Black Pepper

  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt


  • Add the browning, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper to the oxtails. Mix well and set them aside until later. Set the slow cooker to browning* then melt your butter. Add the onions and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the flour and whisk until it is golden brown. Add the beef broth, brown sugar, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder then mix. Add the oxtails then bring your liquid to a light simmer. Cover then change the setting from browning to slow cook. Allow them to cook fro 4 hours then serve.
  • *If you slow cooker does not have a browning setting you may sauté the onions and initiate making the gravy in a pot on your stove. Once your liquid begins to boil transfer to your slow cooker and proceed with the remaining instructions.

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