Alan’s Smoke Roasted Oxtail

Alan’s Smoke Roasted Oxtail

Total Time: 15 hours 30 minutes

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 hours

Servings: 8 - 12 People

Suitable For: Lunch or a dinner birthday celebration.

“We as South Africans love our oxtail potjies or stews and this is usually done in a red wine-based sauce – lovely! But try this new twist on a classic” -Alan





[estimated quantities]

Orange juice

Apple cider vinegar

250ml white wine (depends on the depth of the pan)

Meat spice

Chopped celery

White onions

Chicken stock 1-2 sachets

Fresh Rosemary


  1. Pack oxtail standing up in an oven proof/braai pan, making sure they can’t fall over. Use the small bits to wedge up the larger pieces and to fill any gaps.
  2. Sprinkle the meat with some fresh orange juice and apple cider vinegar. Add about 250ml of white wine to the dish.
  3. Season the meat well with your favourite meat spice (I use Ina Parman’s Meat Spice), salt and pepper.
  4. Add some chopped celery and white onions and push these veggies into the wine and any gaps.
  5. Use some concentrated chicken stock (1 - 2 sachets) and dribble this over each piece of meat.
  6. Add a few nice sprigs of fresh Rosemary and push these between the meat.
  7. Now heat up your Megamaster Smoker and set the temperature using your vents (Usually about a 5 – 7mm gap on both the top the chimney flue vent and the side vent. Try to keep the temp at a steady 150 degrees Celsius.
  8. Place the oxtail into the smoker for a total cooking time of approximately 8 – 9 hours.
  9. At the 3-hour mark turn your meat, making sure the onion and celery is nicely mixed into the sauce (if you need to, add some more white wine). Smoke-roast for another 3 hours then take out and cover with tinfoil and let the meat rest for about 1 hour. Return the covered meat to the Smoker when you’re about 1 hour to 1.5 hours away from serving (keep the temperature at 150 degrees Celsius).
  10. Take out the meat and rest it for 20 minutes.
  11. Open the foil and serve with savoury rice, spoon a bit of the sauce over the meat. Pick up the meat and enjoy eating this super soft meat with your hands.


You can do the above recipe with substituting the following ingredients to give it a more traditional feel.

White wine with Red Wine

Chicken stock with beef stock (concentrate)

Orange juice with apple juice

Apple cider vinegar with red wine vinegar

White onions with red onions


Tip 01 Tip 01

Creamy cauliflower Even though potatoes are a classic side dish, it's occasionally fun to switch things up, which is where cauliflower comes in. We like substituting blanched cauliflower for potatoes as a creamy side dish. This is a fantastic way to spice up your supper and is not just beneficial for you.

Tip 02 Tip 02

Rice a classic side dish. Serving rice as a side dish with oxtails is fairly common. You are not simply restricted to steaming white rice with this side dish; you can also include vegetables in this mixture. Additionally, to really appreciate this meal, you may boil the rice in chicken broth.

Tip 03 Tip 03

Having green beans on the table evens everything out. Green beans and other vegetables can be prepared in a variety of ways due to their versatility. Although they taste great when grilled or roasted, the ideal method to prepare green beans is to sauté them with garlic and onions.