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A Jamaican Oxtail Recipe with Southern Twist

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Jamaican


  • Stove
  • Crockpot
  • Large Saucepan


  • 3 lbs of Oxtails
  • 1 tablespoon of Soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of meat tenderizer
  • 2 whole carrots
  • 1 tablespoon of black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Allspice
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Goya Adobo all-purpose seasoning
  • 1 onion
  • 32 ounce Beef broth
  • 1 cup of frozen Lima beans
  • 2 tablespoons of white vinegar (for cleaning the oxtails)
  • 1 tablespoon of browning sauce


How to Properly Clean Oxtails

  • Before we begin seasoning and cooking the oxtails, they must be properly cleaned. It’s important to cut and trim as much fat off as possible.
  • Once you’ve finished cutting/trimming the fat, you’ll  place the oxtails in a bowl.
  • Now, allow the water to run over the oxtails in the sink and pour about two tablespoons of white vinegar over them.
  • Once you’ve added the vinegar, you will put on gloves and throughly clean the oxtails in the vinegar water. I personally did this two to three times.
  • After throughly washing the oxtails, place them on  paper towel.

Seasoning the Oxtails

  • After the oxtails have dried put them in a bowl.
  • Then, you’re going to add the following seasonings; 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of All spice, 1 tablespoon garlic powder, 1 tablespoon of meat tenderizer, 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of Goya, 1 tablespoon of browning, and 1 tablespoon of crusted red pepper flakes. 
  • While you’re wearing plastic gloves, you will want to use your hands to ensure that every single oxtail is seasoned.
  • Then, you will place your oxtails in a freezer bag and allow them to marinate in the bag for about 45 minutes to 1 hour in the refrigerator.

Chopping the Vegetables

  • First, you will need to peel two carrots and then you will chop them into smaller pieces. Once you’re finished put the chopped carrots into a small bowl.
  • After, you’ve chopped your carrots, wash, and peel your onion. Chop your onion and then put it aside.

Preparing the Oxtails for Braising

  • You will need to add 2 tablespoons of olive oil or vegetable oil to a pan on medium heat.
  • Then add your oxtails in your pan, to begin braising.
  • You need to fully braise your oxtails on all sides, make sure to turn them over periodically.

Using a Crockpot for an Oxtail Recipe

  • Once your oxtails have finished braising, you will place them in a crockpot.
  • Place your oxtails in the crockpot.
  • Now you will want to use a little bit of the drippings from the braised oxtails. You will use this to sauté your vegetables for about three minutes.
  • When your onions are translucent and your carrots are fork tender pour them over your oxtails.
  • Then, pour the 32 ounce box of beef broth over your oxtails and vegetables.
  • The oxtails and vegetables will cook on high in the crockpot for about three hours.

Oxtail Recipe

  • After they have cooked in the crockpot for about three hours. I placed the oxtails  in a saucepan, in order to drain the excess fat off the gravy. I took a 1/2 cup of gravy and I added 2 tablespoons of cornstarch to the gravy in order to thicken it.
  • Then, I added my thickened gravy to my oxtails in the saucepan.
  • Then, add 1 cup of frozen Lima beans. 
  • Allow the oxtails and lima beans to cook for about 10-15  minutes on medium heat. 
Keyword A Jamaican Oxtail Recipe with Southern Twist