Ox tails sous vide instead of the slow cooker

I did a batch of sous vide ox tails, 175F, 24hrs. I like this method because I use much less seasoning and because there is no handling of the ox tails so they each come out in a single piece even though the meat is ready to fall off the bone.

Looks really good!! What kind of seasonings did you use?

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So many possibilities for ox tails. This batch was Korean bulgogi BBQ sauce. I have used oyster flavor sauce, sometimes some stewed tomatoes and Italian herbs.

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@RichardOL ahhh I freaking love Korean bulgogi BBQ sauce! I can just imagine how the ox tails tasted with it. Thanks!

Ox tails are one of my favorite parts. Growing up we butchered a steer every year and I always looked forward to them.

I definitely need to try a batch or two. Now to decide on the best seasoning.

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Ox tails are definitely on my ‘to do’ list. Once the depth of winter hits there is usually a pot of them blooping away in an 80°C oven.

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My grandma makes them all the time - I definitely want to incorporate her recipe/ingredients with sous vide (she usually makes them in a stew).

I’m looking forward to read Your grandma’s recipes :kissing_heart:

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I gotta ask for her permission first! :stuck_out_tongue:

Oxtails have a very rich beefy taste that I really enjoy. In my opinion the seasoning needs to be subtle so as not to overpower the delicious beef flavor. For 5-6 pounds of tail I use the following seasionings and recipe. It could be easily adapted for sous vide.

Brown the tails on all sides in a mixture of butter and pork fat. Remove from the pan
Slice 3 large onions sliced thinly and 2 garlic cloves brown them in the butter mixture, add more butter if needed.
Add to tails in a braising pan with 4 sliced carrots and a sliced turnip. Barely cover with 2/3 beef stock and 1/3 red wine.
Bring to boil and remove any scum.
Lower heat and add 1 broken bay leaf, 1teaspooon savory, 1 generous tablespoon of salt,1.5 teaspoons freshly ground pepper and a half teaspoon of ground ginger.

Simmer for 3 or more hours until the joints are tender.

Remove meat and bones and strain liquid. Skim fat off and reduce for sauce.

Serve with red boiled potatoes.


Only thing I really do differently is that I render some fat trimmed off a piece first and use it for the browning medium rather than adding pork fat.