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southern collard greens w/ bacon & brown sugar

★★★★★ 2
a recipe by
Jennifer J
Seattle, WA

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!

★★★★★ 2
serves 4-5
cook time 5 Hr

Ingredients For southern collard greens w/ bacon & brown sugar

  • 4 lg
    bunches of collard greens,washed and roughly chopped and stems discarded
  • 5 slice
    bacon, hickory smoked
  • 1 lg
    turkey drumstick, smoked
  • 4-6 c
    water (best to reserve broth from turkey. it adds flavor)
  • 2 lg
    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 lg
    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

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

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