I've always loved fresh greens of nearly any kind, but collard and turnip are my favorites. My mom and my granny told me how to make these years ago by adding a spoonfull of this and a little of that. No prescise measurements, of course, but that's the way they learned from their mother's. Of course, I've tweaked them some and granny didn't have a slow cooker, so she simmered hers slowly on the stove top. These greens are perfect with some fresh, hot cornbread and I love the old-fashioned taste. I hope that y'all enjoy them just as much!
Remove collard greens from stalk and then remove the stems from the leaves. Roll leaves up and slice into strips. Wash thoroughly, taking care to remove any sand or grit.
Place in large stock pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and simmer until greens have cooked down and turned a bright green color.
Place collard greens in colander and drain well. Rinse one more time with cool water. Place collards and seasonings into a crock pot and cook on high for about 2 hours and then reduce heat to low and continue to cook for about three more hours or until greens are tender and meat is cooked. Enjoy with fresh hot cornbread or muffins.