Pepperpot – a stewed meat dish popular in Guyana and the rest of the Caribbean. A special stew simmered in a rich dark gravy flavored with cinnamon and cassareep that will make a great impression for a lifetime!

Course Main
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 5 - 6 people
Calories 926 kcal
Author Immaculate Bites


Marinated Oxtail and Pork

  • 4 pounds Meat ( Oxtail and Pork ) , cut in chunks
  • Salt
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • ½ medium onion , large dice (about 1 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon bouillon powder

Pepper Pot

  • 1-2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 -3 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 medium onion , chopped
  • 2 green onions , diced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme , minced
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper
  • ¾ – 1 cup cassareep
  • 3 cups water less or more
  • 1 cinnamon stick , split in half
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place oxtail and pork in a large bowl or ziplock bag then add salt, garlic, thyme, white pepper,onion and bouillon powder, if using any.

  2. Mix oxtail with a spoon or with hands until they are well coated and inch of the meat is covered. Set aside in the fridge. If possible let it marinate overnight.

  3. When ready to cook, shake off any excess spice from the meat.

  4. Place a large Dutch Oven or heavy bottom pan on medium heat, then add sugar, keep stirring until it caramelize and begin to turn deep brown. Be careful not to let it burn.

  5. Add the pork to the dutch pan and brown to seal in flavors , this might take about 3 minutes. Remove pork from the pan and set aside on a plate.

  6. Add oxtail and brown, stirring to prevent any burns, until brown. If pot is not to large, do so in batches.

  7. Throw in the garlic, onions, thyme and scotch bonnet . Continue cooking for about 3-5 minutes.

  8. Pour in the ½ of the cassareep, cinnamon stick, thoroughly mix and continue cooking for about 1-2 minutes.

  9. Next add water to cover the the meat , bring to a boil , reduce heat and let it simmer for for about 40 minutes.

  10. Return pork to the pot , add the other half of the cassareep , add more water , if needed. Water should not be above the meat.

  11. Continue cooking for about 1 1/2 – 2 hours or until beef is tender. Sauce should be thick and beef melting tender.

  12. Adjust with seasonings to taste.

  13. Garnish with parsley and serve with bread.