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Braised Oxtails and Vegetables

Prep time 15 mins
Cook time 6 hrs, 20 mins
Yield Makes 8 servings
Our Food staff loved this recipe, and several folks had not tried oxtails before. The slow cooker is perfect for cooking value meats such as oxtails, which are extra flavorful.


  • 4 pounds oxtails, cut at joints
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 (14-oz.) can fat-free beef broth
  • 1 (15-oz.) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 4 carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium-size sweet onion, cut into 8 wedges
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Hot cooked grits
  • Chopped fresh thyme (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Rinse oxtails, and pat dry. Remove and discard silver skin, if necessary. Sprinkle oxtails with salt and pepper.

  2. Cook oxtails in hot oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat 10 minutes on each side or until browned. Transfer oxtails to a 6-qt. slow cooker.

  3. Add broth and next 5 ingredients to slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH 6 hours or until meat is tender. Serve over hot cooked grits. Sprinkle with chopped fresh thyme, if desired.

  4. Braised Short Ribs and Vegetables: Substitute 4 lb. beef short ribs, trimmed and cut in half, for oxtails. Proceed with recipe as directed.