If you are planning on a quick meal, this is not the one! Oxtails are delicious, but definitely take some planning. I’ve never had oxtails outside of a Jamaican bakery or restaurant, so homemade oxtails are an adventure. Lately, I hear more and more people in the states asking for oxtails, good to see people broadening their horizons!!
Here is the recipe from the book:
- 2lb oxtail
- 1/4 cup oil
- 5 cups water
- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- 2 onions, chopped
- 1 clove of garlic, chopped
- 1 spring thyme
- 3 slices hot pepper
- salt and black pepper
- 1/2 lb cooked broad beans
Wash and dry the pieces of oxtail and brown them in oil. Add 4 cups of water, bring to a boil, then lower and simmer until the oxtail is tender, adding more water if necessary. Reduce the sauce to a thick gravy by increasing the heat, then add the tomatoes, onions, garlic, thyme, hot pepper, salt and black pepper. stir for a few minutes, then add the remaining water and broad beans. Mix them in, lower the hear, cover again, and simmer for 10 minutes or until the water evaporates leaving a thick gravy. Serve with rice.
OK here is what I did:
First of all, I decided to marinate my oxtails first. So I added the oxtails, onions, thyme, garlic, hot pepper, salt and pepper in a bowl and refrigerated it over night. I also added some browning to make sure that I got some color on my oxtails.
Once my batch was browned, I added everything back and covered the meat with water.
Now this part takes a while, Oxtails are a pretty tough cut of meat. So I let them simmer for about 2 hours, to get the meat really tender. To the point that it was falling of the bone. Then I added all of the other ingredients. Broad beans are just another word for butter beans. I got nervous about the flavor and also added a little more salt and pepper.
I let all of that go for about another hour and served it up with a fresh batch of rice and peas.
The oxtails were delicious. If they cook for as long as I said then they come out nice and tender. Meat was falling off the bone! YUM! Mom said she wanted it spicier tho! LOL.. always can be spicier!