Southern-Style Smothered Oxtails Recipe

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Andrei Modified: January 19, 2022
Southern-Style Smothered Oxtails Recipe


How To Make Southern-Style Smothered Oxtails

Enjoy fall of the bone bites of these smothered oxtails with this Southern-style recipe. They're slow-cooked with homemade gravy & onions.

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 8 hrs
Total: 8 hrs 20 mins


  • lbs beef oxtails
  • cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 tsp black pepper, freshly cracked or ground, plus more to taste
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 cups beef broth, or water
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced
  • 3 fresh garlic cloves, minced


  1. Season the oxtails with 2 teaspoons of kosher salt and 1 teaspoon of black pepper.

  2. Drizzle the worcestershire sauce all over the oxtails, then toss the oxtails to make sure that they are coated.
  3. Next, sprinkle ¼ cup of flour all over the oxtails and make sure that the oxtails are coated with the flour.

  4. Next, pour the vegetable oil into a large pan and place the pan over medium heat.

  5. Once the oil is nice and hot, add the oxtails in, and brown them.
  6. Once the oxtails are nice and brown remove them from the pan and put them in the slow cooker.

  7. Return back to the pan with the hot oil.
  8. 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.
  9. Start adding the remaining flour into the pan, but only a little bit at a time.
  10. Whisk continuously.
  11. Once the flour is brown and resembles "chunky peanut butter," slowly pour in the beef broth or water.

  12. Whisk while pouring!

  13. Make sure everything is lump free then turn the heat from medium to high.

  14. Once the gravy reaches a full boil, reduce the heat to medium, and add in the sliced onions, and garlic.
  15. Stir the gravy, and do a taste test.
  16. Add salt and pepper.

  17. Turn the heat off, and pour the gravy into the slow cooker covering the oxtails.
  18. Make sure that the oxtails are nicely covered with gravy, then set the slow cooker on High.

  19. Let cook for 8 hours.
  20. Once done serve with mashed potatoes or rice. Enjoy!


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