Prep Time
1 Hour 4 Mins
Total Time
3 Hours 4 Mins
Makes 10 to 12 servings

Crispy bacon, sautéed onion, ham, and garlic perfect these Southern-Style Collard Greens, making them an essential part of your traditional Southern feast.

How to Make It

Cook bacon in a 10-qt. stockpot over medium heat 10 to 12 minutes or until almost crisp. Add onion, and sauté 8 minutes; add ham and garlic, and sauté 1 minute. Stir in broth and remaining ingredients. Cook 2 hours or to desired degree of tenderness.

Ratings & Reviews

February 14, 2016
Made this again, goes extremely well with a spring time BBQ. Full recipe will easily serve 20. Yeah bacon! 

Snpvolmer's Review

February 04, 2014
Everyone LOVED these, even people that have never had greens before. It did not stink up the house the way you might think. I made a 2/3 (2-1 pound bags, 2-32oz low sodium chicken broth, etc.) recipe and it was enough for 20, but everyone wished there was more left in the pot. This was the first time ever cooking greens, and I cant wait to do it again. Plan on cooking for about 3 hours on a low simmer. Nothing but rave reviews, and requests for more. VERY EASY RECIPE!!!!

March 11, 2016
So, please, share the southern NC recipe for greens. We can enjoy that version too!

September 26, 2016
My thoughts as well.

November 26, 2015
Why didnt you? Lol, seriously.

March 12, 2016
My Granny always said that was the best part. She called it pot liquor.😁

July 07, 2015
I know where I want to be for Xmas Eve dinner... this meal sounds delish !!! 

September 16, 2017
OK, These are the best Greens I've tasted next to my Grandma's..I cooked whole recipe and didn't have ANY leftovers...My daughter who is spinach lover ate 4 bowls lol...Thank you for awesome recipe

Very very yummy for my tummy!!

July 17, 2017
So I was tasting to make sure the flavors and the greens were to my desire they were half done and still tasted great. I've never added apple cider vinegar to anything in my life because of the smell. BS i told myself...i was missing out on this greatness! I did add garlic and onion powder because i love those two flavors! At the last five mins I also added kale. And my 11 year old picky daughter doesn't even know. AWESOME SAUCE!! Those greens went great with my candi yams, oven fried chicken, fresh steamed corn on the cob and hot water cornbread. Yes I am a southern that love good food.Thanks for sharing this recipe.

still waiting

September 15, 2017
Still in almost done phase...would have been helpful to know if to cook uncovered or not..I am cooking uncovered for over 2 hrs at med..I went to between med and high during last hour because they were "sitting there" (now slow boil) and they still don't look done..will try another hour