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Slow Cooker Collards

Kat
Enjoy Traditional Southern Collards made simple with pantry items and your Slow Cooker!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 8 hrs
Total Time 9 hrs
Course Dinner, Main Course, Main Meal, Side Dish
Cuisine Southern, Texan
Servings 5 people
Calories 215 kcal

Equipment

1 Slow Cooker
1 Slow Cooker Liners

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Each Large Bunches Collards
  • 1 Each Bunch Mustard OR Turnip Greens
  • 1 Each Ham Hock
  • 1 Pkg Bacon, smoked
  • 3 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 tsp. Brown Sugar
  • 1 Dash Hot Sauce of your choice
  • 1 tsp Hot Pepper Flakes
  • 1 Whole Yellow Onion, dices
  • 2 Tbsp. Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. Peppercorns
  • 1-2 Tbsp. Smoked Sea Salt, course

Instructions
 

  • Wash greens well, see detailed instructions above.
  • Remove ribs and stems and tear remaining leaves into bite size pieces.
  • In a separate Cast Iron or heavy skillet, add onion, garlic, bacon and saute for 1 minute. Add your greens and saute an additional minute. Add your squirt or two of hot sauce and hot pepper flakes, peppercorns and salt. Cook for 1 additional minutes. Total saute time: 3-4 minutes TOPS. You are not thoroughly cooking these ingredients in this step. Just sauting over heat to bring out the flavors.
  • Add all ingredients to your Slow Cooker. Add Chicken Broth, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar and stir well.
  • Cook on low 8-10 hours. Low and slow is preferable. In a hurry, cook 4-6 hours on high.
  • When done, remove the ham hock and shred or dice the meat and return to the Slow cooker. Stir and taste for seasoning, adding more hot sauce of course.
  • Serve with plenty of Pot Liquor and you eat with your favorite side dishes such as beans, and cornbread - the Souths favorite Trinity.

Notes

It is quite okay to swap out a really meaty Smoked Turkey leg for the Ham Hocks, or even leftover chopped ham is perfect too.
Also, don't feel limited to just using Collard Greens.  Mustard (which we include here) and Turnip Greens are tasty additions too.
Don't forget the Hot Sauce y'all!!

Nutrition

Serving: 2CCalories: 215kcalCarbohydrates: 3.6gProtein: 19.2gFat: 13.1gSaturated Fat: 4.3gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 1500mgPotassium: 468mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 1mg
Recipe Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Collards
Serving Size
 
2 C
Amount per Serving
Calories
215
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
13.1
g
20
%
Saturated Fat
 
4.3
g
27
%
Cholesterol
 
43
mg
14
%
Sodium
 
1500
mg
65
%
Potassium
 
468
mg
13
%
Carbohydrates
 
3.6
g
1
%
Protein
 
19.2
g
38
%
Calcium
 
37
mg
4
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
 
2 C
Serving Size
 
2 C
Calories
215
Keyword Traditional, Southern, Collards, Greens
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