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Slow Cooker Crockpot Oxtails

These Slow Cooker Crockpot Oxtails are easy to make and served tender, juicy, and fall off the bone thanks to slow cooking. Pair these with mashed potatoes, carrots, and homemade gravy.

slow cooker crockpot oxtails with mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, and carrots on a plate

Oxtails are the ultimate comfort food! I love to toss in broth and carrots and let it cook long and slow like stew!

What are Oxtails

Oxtails can be found throughout Southern and Jamaican cuisine as the consumption of the meat dates back to a time in which no part of the animal was left for waste. The cut comes from the tail of the cow after it is skinned. From there, it is cut into round sections

They have tons of gelatin, collagen, and nutrients. I love to save the leftover broth from oxtail recipes for bone broth! You will see the liquid gold that remains in the pot after you prepare these. Liquid gold simply refers to the gelatin and nutrients.

raw oxtails in a glass bowl

How Does it Taste?

Oxtails have a rich beef flavor. They are served tender and taste similar to short ribs or a tender and juicy pot roast, but much better.

Where to Buy Them/How to Pick and Shop for Them

I can grab oxtails from a local grocery store near my home, they typically specialize in selling cuts of meat like this. You may have to call around to find them. I’ve also noticed them in some Asian markets and even Walmart. The price per pound is often on the expensive side. I usually see them for $10-12 per pound.

Always look for meatier pieces while shopping. You can often find it sold in sections. There’s only one tail on the cow, which results in a thin side vs a thick side. In general oxtail doesn’t have a ton of meat.

fresh carrots, onions, broth, and spices in separate bowls

How to Season and Add Flavor

There are so many ways to season these. Feel free to use any of your favorite beef rubs. I have two favorite methods.

One is with Creole seasoning, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper.

The other is Jamaican Style using my Homemade Jerk Seasoning and Rub.

raw seasoned oxtails in a glass bowl

How to Make Slow Cooker Crockpot Oxtails

Detailed measurements and full instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Pour broth into the slow cooker and add onions and carrots.
  2. Season all sides of the oxtail with spices.
  3. Placed the seasoned oxtails in the slow cooker.
  4. Slow cook.
  5. Remove from the slow cooker and serve with the carrots and onions.
carrots and onions in a Crockpot slow cooker
broth, carrots, and onions in a Crockpot slow cooker

Cook Time/How Long to Cook

You will want to cook these long and slow. I prefer to cook these on Low for 8-10 hours because I like really tender meat.

You can cook them on High for 4-6 hours, but they aren’t as tender. (With how pricey these are, I would rather wait for the best results!).

raw oxtails in a Crockpot slow cooker
cooked oxtails in a Crockpot slow cooker
slow cooker crockpot oxtails with mashed potatoes, green beans, and carrots on a plate

How to Smother Them in Gravy

Save the broth from the pot once these have finished cooking! It’s great for gravy and for beef broth to use a stock in other recipes like Lasagna Soup, Pizza Soup, and Sweet Potato Beef Chili.

Once you have your broth (I like to gather some of the cooked onions as well), you can use the same instructions and prep from my Turkey Gravy From Drippings recipe (substituting the oxtail broth for turkey drippings).

slow cooker crockpot oxtails with mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, and carrots on a plate

How to Store Leftovers

Leftovers can be stored tightly sealed and covered for 3-4 days.

Freezer Tips

You can freeze leftovers tightly covered and sealed for up to a few months. Defrost overnight in the fridge.

Pair With These Recipes

Ranch Mashed Potatoes
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Air Fryer Green Beans
Grilled Asparagus

More Slow Cooker Recipes

Slow Cooker Crockpot Neck Bones
Slow Cooker Crockpot Turkey Necks
Slow Cooker Crockpot Black Eyed Peas
Slow Cooker Crockpot Cheeseburger Soup
Slow Cooker Chili Mac
Slow Cooker Crockpot Chicken Fajitas
Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff
Slow Cooker Crockpot Gumbo

If you’re interested in a stovetop version of this recipe, check out our Tender Juicy Oxtail recipe.

slow cooker crockpot oxtails with mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, and carrots on a plate
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Slow Cooker Crockpot Oxtails

These Slow Cooker Crockpot Oxtails are easy to make and served tender and juicy thanks to slow cooking. Pair these with mashed potatoes, carrots, and homemade gravy.
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine Jamaican, Southern
Keyword crockpot oxtails, fall off the bone oxtails, oxtails in Crockpot, slow cooker oxtails
Servings 4 servings
Calories 564kcal

Ingredients

  • 2-3 pounds raw oxtails
  • 2-3 cups broth Any broth: beef, chicken vegetable, etc. See notes.
  • 2-3 garlic cloves Minced
  • 1/2 cup sliced onions I used white onions.
  • 3 cups sliced carrots

Option 1 Southern Seasoning

Option 2 Jamaican Seasoning

Instructions

Slow Cooker Instructions

  • Pour the broth into the slow cooker and add the onions, garlic, and carrots.
  • Season all sides of the oxtail with the spices.
  • Placed the seasoned oxtails in the slow cooker.
  • Slow cook for 8-10 hours on Low (preferred method) or 4-6 hours on High.
  • Remove from the slow cooker and serve with the carrots and onions.

Instant Pot

  • Add the broth, onions, garlic, and carrots to the Instant Pot. You will only need 1 cup of broth for this method.
  • Season all sides of the oxtail with the spices and add them to the Instant Pot.
  • Pressure cook for 60 minutes on Manual > Pressure Cooking. When the pot indicates it has finished, allow the steam to release naturally. Do not quick release. Allow the pin to drop on its own. Quick release will result in tough meat. This typically takes 20 minutes or more.
  • Open the pot and serve with the carrots and onions.

Notes

You can sear all sides of the oxtails beforehand if you wish.
I like to use enough broth to cover the oxtails. The amount you need for this will vary based on the size of your slow cooker and the height of your oxtail. I cover the oxtail fully with broth because that will help them cook faster/more tender.
You can add any vegetables you like to this recipe.
You can cook them on High for 4-6 hours, but they aren’t as tender. (With how pricey these are, I would rather wait for the best results!).
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 12oz | Calories: 564kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 62g | Fat: 28g
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Recipe Rating




Sateria

Saturday 24th of September 2022

I made the instant pot version. I’ve been craving some oxtails but have never cooked them myself. This recipe was everything!! Another recipe to add to the rotation!

staysnatched

Saturday 24th of September 2022

I’m glad you enjoyed them!

Brenda Valencia

Saturday 10th of September 2022

Delicious recipe! It was so quick and easy, set and forget. I cooked on low, but it took about 11 hours for my oxtail to become tender. I hadn’t used this slow cooker in years, therefore I’m not sure if it’s just my cooker lol. I added more salt than I thought and it turned out delicious!

staysnatched

Wednesday 14th of September 2022

I'm so glad you enjoyed them!

Ashley

Wednesday 7th of September 2022

Made the instant pot version tonight and it was amazing! The meat came out so tender and perfect. Subbed the Tony’s with Slap Ya Mama and it was delicious!

staysnatched

Wednesday 7th of September 2022

I'm glad you enjoyed them!

Emily

Wednesday 31st of August 2022

Love ox tails but haven’t ever made them at home. Brandi’s recipe came together in 5 minutes and is so flavorful!

staysnatched

Wednesday 31st of August 2022

Can't beat 5 minutes!