Oxtails with Gravy


This oxtail recipe was my mom's, and it's a soul food blast from the past. I adjust spices to my taste (I love lots of spices). You can double the gravy if you like. My family loves this dish served with rice.

high angle, looking at a plate of oxtails with gravy over rice
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 45 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 55 mins


  • 2 pounds beef oxtail

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon Greek seasoning

  • 1 tablespoon salt, or more to taste

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, or more to taste

  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt

  • 4 cups water, or as needed

  • 2 tablespoons bacon drippings or shortening

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 2 dashes browning sauce

  • 1 pinch garlic powder, or to taste


  1. Place oxtails, onion, garlic, Greek seasoning, 1 tablespoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, and seasoning salt in a large stockpot. Fill with enough water to cover oxtails and place over high heat. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to medium. Cook oxtails until tender, 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Remove from heat and reserve 2 cups broth.

  2. Warm bacon drippings or shortening in a skillet over medium heat. Add flour; cook and stir for 3 minutes.

  3. Stir in 2 cups reserved broth and browning sauce. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Cook, stirring constantly, until gravy thickens.

  4. Place oxtails in the skillet; stir to coat with gravy. Cook, stirring occasionally, over medium-low heat until warmed through, about 5 minutes.

Editor's Note:

The salt content shown in the nutrition information reflects the large amount of salt added to the cooking liquid, most of which is discarded.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

391 Calories
20g Fat
5g Carbs
47g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 391
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 9g 43%
Cholesterol 167mg 56%
Sodium 1841mg 80%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 47g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 32mg 2%
Iron 6mg 34%
Potassium 313mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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