Oxtail

Andy enjoys going to Caribbean spots and ordering oxtail. You have to be careful, though, because only some spots make oxtail up to Andy’s standards.  While shopping at Costco one day, I saw that they actually sold oxtail. So, I bought it and put myself up to the challenge of making it for Andy. As I always do, I searched The Food Network App and Pinterest for recipe ideas. Most called for a pressure cooker…which shockingly I don’t have one! So I asked my dad how he would cook it. He recommended in a pot low and slow so it be tender. So we went with it and even recorded it for the next recipe video! Full recipe and details follow!

I first seasoned the oxtail and refrigerated them over night. I seasoned with salt, black pepper, white pepper, paprika, steak seasoning, ginger and lots of Caribbean jerk seasoning. I also added a bit of soy sauce and woreshire sauce.  I took the oxtail out of the fridge about 1 hour before I was getting ready to cook it.

In a pot, I heated oil and then seared all sides of the oxtail. I then removed them and added half a chopped onion, 2-4 minced garlic cloves and sautéed them for a few minutes. I then placed the oxtail back in. Added about 2 cups of beef broth and water until the oxtail was covered (about 2 cups). I added a bay leaf and covered with a lid and allowed it to simmer low and slow for about 1.5-2 hours.

Did they pass the test? Yes, Andy said they were very good. I tasted them and was impressed as well haha. Flavorwise they were on point. Personally I would have like to let them simmer a bit more/maybe have more liquid to allow them to simmer more so they would be even more tender. But Andy did not have a problem eating it all – so it was a big success.

Next time I will start the cooking process earlier and add more liquid to get the perfect tenderness. Have you made oxtail before? Any suggestions you would share – comment below!

Live to Eat,
Tiv

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