Greens with Smoked Oxtails

Cooking collard greens with smoked beef oxtails. A delicious soul food side dish that your family will love!

Tender smoked ox tails cooked over a bed of delicious collard greens

Hey cousins! So in my previous post I showed you how I made smoked oxtails. I also mentioned that you’d want to get that recipe down, because I’d be using the smoked oxtails in a few upcoming recipe. Well babies, it’s time that we put those oxtails to use, and the first recipe that we will be using them in is these delicious soul food collard green recipe! In the past I’ve made collard greens with ham hocks, bacon, ends, and smoked turkey. However, I wanted to do share something different. So let me show you how I make my collard greens with smoked oxtails.

Fall-ff-the-bone tender smoked ox tails pair perfectly with classic southern collard greens

First things first. You’ll smoked oxtails, and you can find my smoked oxtails recipe here. Once you’re done smoking the oxtails, you’ll need to gather up your collard greens. Now when it comes to collard greens, feel free to use either fresh, frozen, and bagged… But DON’T, I repeat DON’T use canned collard greens!

Use fresh cut greens for this recipe, and make sure they're well-washed before cooking

For this recipe I used fresh greens, that were bagged, cut and ” cleaned”. I still cleaned them! I don’t trust when they say ” cleaned” because, I’ve had bad experience. So people be sure to STILL clean those bagged ” cleaned” greens.

Tender smoked ox tails are cooked with classic collard greens for a delicious southern dish

Other than collard greens and smoked oxtails, you’ll also need a large yellow onion, creole seasoning, seasoning salt, black pepper, minced garlic, red bell pepper, and red pepper flakes. Oh, and I also add 1 tbsp of brown sugar. Now, I’m sure someone is frowning while reading about the brown sugar part, but I promise you that it WILL NOT make the greens sweet! The brown sugar just helps bring down the bitterness.

Smoked ox tails served over a bed of perfectly seasoned collard greens
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes
Servings 4 


  • 4 lb collard greens washed and cut
  • 1 1/2 lb smoked oxtails
  • 1 large yellow onion diced
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 medium red bell pepper diced
  • 2 tsp creole seasoning
  • 2 1/2 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes optional
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 10 cups water
  • 1 small head green cabbage sliced and washed


  • Place the oxtails, diced onions, and minced garlic into a large pot.
  • Pour 8 cups of water into the pot, then place the pot over high heat.
  • Let boil for about 45 minutes, then turn the heat down to medium high.
  • Start adding in the collard greens.
  • Once all of the collard greens are in the pot, start adding in the seasonings, brown sugar, and vinegar.
  • Pour the remaining 2 cup of water into the pot, and give everything a nice stir, and place a the lid on your pot.
  • Reduce the heat to medium, and let the greens cook for 1 hour and 20 minutes.
  • Start adding in the sliced cabbage, then stir in. Cook for another 15-30 minutes (depending on how well you like your cabbage cooked)
  • Serve and enjoy with cornbread!