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Oxtail over $10 a pound, are beef neckbones a suitable sub?

CookingChemicalEngineer | Feb 24, 201907:19 PM     6

Hi, I love making oxtail stew in the instant pot and varying the recipes from what you might call "American pot roast standard" to more Cuban style to more Jamaican style.

But the oxtail meat is generally over $10 a pound now hereabouts. So I picked up some beef neckbones (which look to have at least as much meat/bone ratio as oxtail, if not more) for about $3/lb and I'm wondering if it could be straight-subbed into my oxtail stew instant pot recipes, or if this would be a mistake?

Obviously just from inspection the neckbones don't look as cartilaginous so I wouldn't expect the stew to have quite the same smooth/silky texture, but otherwise I'm hoping it'd cook similarly.

Any ideas? I've searched for this meat here on CH but didn't get any hits (possible operator error!) and also reviewed a lot of recipes online. The online recipes had very mixed reviews, so I thought I'd ask here.

Thanks in advance.

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