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June 18, 2012

Oxtail (Slow-Cooker)

The BEST Slow-Cooker Oxtail recipe ever !

Roy's all-time favorite dish - Slow-Cooker OXTAIL ! I do not make this a lot, as it is a very rich dish, red meat and all that, but there was never a question what would be the main dish on Father's Day .. He never actually asked for it, but after 27 years together, I think we can read one another's minds ... really, I do believe that. One thing they {anyway, who is this "they" everybody, me included, always mention ..? mmm} say, which I absolutely do not believe is the fact that the longer two people are together, the more they look like one another .. no, no, no waayy!

My late father-in-law could cook up a storm, without having to go out to the grocery store first - he just used whatever was on hand. He was the one who introduced me to mussels .. yeah, mussels, I did not grow up eating "foreign" stuff like that, .. and Oxtail ?  Never, even heard of it before my father-in-law made it.  {Ate the mussels - now love it! - but it was still a few years until I finally made my first oxtail dish.}.

~~ Remember to PIN ~~

The recipe I'm sharing today was the first one I used (have it written down on a piece of paper - no idea where it came from). Over the years I tried other recipes as well, but this is still the best.  It is very saucy, and literally finger-lickin' good.

Oxtail (Slow-Cooker)

6 Servings


2 Large Onions, cut into rings
Oil for frying
1/2 cup Flour, seasoned with Salt and Pepper
1.8kg Oxtail, cut into 5cm (2") pieces
2 cups Boiling Water (approximately)
1/3 cup White Vinegar
1/3 cup Brown Sugar
6 Carrots, peeled and cut into rings
500g Baby Potatoes, peeled, if still a little big, cut into half
1/2 packet Oxtail Soup Powder


1.) Saute the Onions in a little oil until soft and slightly brown, remove from pan and keep aside.
2.) Roll the Oxtail pieces in the Seasoned Flour and fry all sides until just browned.
3.) Place the Oxtail, together with the sauteed Onions in the slow-cooker, cover with Boiling water, add the Vinegar and Brown sugar, cover with lid and cook on HIGH for 4 hours.
4.) Add the Carrots and Potatoes to the slow-cooker and cook on high for another 2 - 3 hours until the veggies are soft.
5.) Add the Oxtail soup powder to thicken (1/2 pack should do - but check after another 5 minutes) and cook until thickened 5 - 10 minutes.

Serve over lots of rice or mashed potatoes - very saucy indeed!

The BEST Slow-Cooker Oxtail recipe ever !

The BEST Slow-Cooker Oxtail recipe ever !


  1. Oh yum!!!
    I would LOVE to try this!!!

    xoxo -Shar

  2. Sounds great! Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party!


  3. I've never had ox tail... I don't think I've seen it in the store actually... I could be mistaken I usually am! HAHAHA
    But this sounds really yummy... I need to check into this some more.. I wanna make this! =)


  4. I have never had oxtail but we just got some beef soup bones today so maybe I could us those instead? Thanks so much for sharing on Tout It Tuesday! Hope to see you next week.

  5. I have never tried ox tail but this looks so good! Another just good down home comfort food:) Thank you so much for sharing at Freedom Fridays.

  6. wow, this looks delicious! I haven't used oxtail before but have heard its yummy. I love finding new crock pot recipes. Thanks for sharing at Creative Thursday :)

  7. This looks great - and economical too. Thanks for linking it in to Food on Friday. Cheers

  8. Oh wow! I've never tried oxtail before but your picture reminds me of the roasts my mom used to make on Sundays so I'm thinking it would be good! Thanks for sharing this at Mom's Test Meal Mondays!

  9. This sounds great! For those people who don't have a slow cooker here you can see my method of achieving a similar result in the oven -

  10. Thanks for joining us at Saturday Dishes, Pinned to Saturday Dishes board ~ Paula

  11. Thanks for linking to Saturday Dishes. I have never had Oxtail, but the fact that it can be made in the slow cooker makes me want to try it. Pinned. I hope you'll return next week when we feature Mother's Day dishes. -Savannah @ HammockTracks

  12. I've had oxtail previously but have never heard of oxtail soup powder. Where do you purchase that item?

    1. Sissy, it is a plain packet of soup powder (the kind that you mix with water and boil for a few minutes to make soup), but if you can not find Oxtail flavor you can use Beef instead - hope this helps :-)


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