Oxtail (Slow-Cooker)

Rich, hearty and loaded with vegetables Slow-Cooker Oxtail
The BEST Slow-Cooker Oxtail recipe ever !

Hubby’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 mind … 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.

The recipe I am sharing today was the first one I used (have it written down on a piece of paper – no idea where it came from at first, but it is from a readers compilation of recipes in a magazine’s cook book).

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)
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
7 hr 40 mins
Total Time
8 hr
Rich, hearty and loaded with vegetables Slow-Cooker Oxtail
Course: Main Course
Servings: 6 Servings
Author: Linda Nortje
  • 2 Large Onions cut into rings
  • Oil for frying
  • 1/2 cup Flour seasoned with Salt and Pepper
  • 1.8 kg Oxtail cut into 5cm (2″) pieces ( 4 pounds )
  • 2 cups Boiling Water (approximately)
  • 1/3 cup White Vinegar
  • 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 6 Carrots peeled and cut into rings
  • 450 g Baby Potatoes peeled or not ( 1 pound )
  • 1/2 packet Oxtail Soup Powder (use Beef if Oxtail is not available)
  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 !

14 thoughts on “Oxtail (Slow-Cooker)”

  1. 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! =)


  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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

    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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