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a bowl of southern collard greens

Southern Collard Greens

  • Author: Nicole Washington
  • Total Time: 5 hours
  • Yield: 8-10 1x


Plenty of flavor and savory smoked pork or turkey that makes this Southern Collard Greens Recipe divine! Perfect for your Thanksgiving holiday meal!


  • 216 oz. Bags of Fresh Collard Greens, cut and cleaned
  • 3 tbsp. Seasoned salt
  • 1 tbsp. Black ground pepper
  • 2 tsp. Red Crushed Pepper
  • 1 tbsp. Onion powder
  • 1 tbsp. Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. Smoked paprika
  • 2 Ham Hocks or Smoked Turkey Tails


  1. Fill a large 10-quart pot with water, about two-thirds full.
  2. Add seasoned salt, black ground pepper, red crushed pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and ham hocks or smoked turkey tails.
  3. Bring the water to a boil and cook the meat with seasonings for 45 minutes.
  4. Using tongs, remove the meat from the water.
  5. Use a fork to hold the meat and a knife to slice the meat with your other hand.
  6. Once most of the meat has been cut, add the meat, including the bone, back into the water.
  7. Add the pre-cut and cleaned collard greens to the seasoned water.
  8. Cook for at least 4 hours on medium heat.
  9. If there’s too much water, carefully remove excess water to prevent overflow. Cover with a lid and continue to cook for 4 hours or longer (preferably).
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 4 hours 45 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: American

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