Southern Collard Greens w/ Bacon & Brown Sugar

Jennifer H


I love Soul Food! My mother was from the South, so Southern style cooking is what I grew up eating. Over the years, I have played around with different ingredients and came up with this recipe. Hope you all enjoy!

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5 Hr


4 large
bunches of collard greens,washed and roughly chopped and stems discarded
5 slice
bacon, hickory smoked
1 large
turkey drumstick, smoked
4-6 c
water (best to reserve broth from turkey. it adds flavor)
2 large
yellow onions, minced
1/3 c
dark brown sugar, do not pack
3 clove
garlic, minced
1 1/2 Tbsp
garlic salt
1 Tbsp
seasoning salt
1 Tbsp
garlic powder
1 Tbsp
onion powder
4 Tbsp
apple cider vinegar
1 large
jalapenos, fresh. finely chopped, do not seed (optional)
hot sauce to taste (optional)
black pepper to taste (optional)

Directions Step-By-Step

In a large pot, boil turkey for 1 hour or until tender (covered)
Once turkey is tender, take meat off of bone and set aside in bowl. reserving broth, if you will use it in the recipe.
Fry the bacon in a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat until just done but not quite crispy yet. Add the onion and collards, and sauté in the hot grease until they wilt.
Pour the water or broth in the pot --- it should just cover the collards. Add the turkey, brown sugar, minced garlic, apple cider vinegar, all spices, jalapeno and hot sauce. Mix well.
Bring to a boil then cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 3 ½ - 4 hours.
Season with additional salt, hot sauce and pepper to taste.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Vegetables
Hashtags: #Southern, #soul food