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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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)

How to Make Southern Collard Greens w/ Bacon & Brown Sugar


  • 1In a large pot, boil turkey for 1 hour or until tender (covered)
  • 2Once turkey is tender, take meat off of bone and set aside in bowl. reserving broth, if you will use it in the recipe.
  • 3Fry 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.
  • 4Pour 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.
  • 5Bring to a boil then cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 3 ½ - 4 hours.
  • 6Season with additional salt, hot sauce and pepper to taste.

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About Southern Collard Greens w/ Bacon & Brown Sugar

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

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