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A large cooking pot filled with these southern collard greens and a wooden spoon
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5 from 4 votes

Southern Collard Greens

Southern Collard Greens - made with your favorite smoky pork, a pinch of sweet, and a dash of heat, topped of with a splash of tangy vinegar. A classic southern dish cooked slow until tender and delicious.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: Sides
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Collard Greens, Southern Collard Greens, Southern Greens
Servings: 8 servings


  • 2 pounds collard greens washed and chopped or torn
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 to 2 teaspoon kosher salt or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • pinch sugar
  • dash red pepper flakes
  • 1 pork shank or bacon, ham hock or ham bone with meat
  • 3 cups chicken stock or broth
  • splash white vinegar


  • In dutch oven or large pot, over medium high heat, drizzle olive oil in pan and saute onion for 1 minute. Add in garlic and saute another minute.
  • Place collard greens into pan and give a stir.
  • Add in salt, black pepper, sugar, and red pepper flakes.
  • Pour in chicken stock and place ham shank or desired pork into pot and stir.
  • Bring to a boil on high heat, reduce to simmer, cover, and cook for 1 ½ to 2 hours (stirring occasionally) or until tender.
  • Add a splash of vinegar and serve.


If you are using bacon, you may omit the olive oil and start by sauteing bacon for about 1 to 2 minutes before adding the onion in the first step.