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Southern-Style, Smoked Collard Greens

Updated: Jul 11, 2021

These Southern-style smoked collard greens are a must-have at your family dinner or any holiday. Here's an easy, flavorFUL recipe!


  • 1 bunch of collard greens

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1/2 onion diced

  • 3 garlic cloves diced

  • 3 cups chicken broth

  • 1 t. red pepper flakes

  • 1 fully-cooked smoked turkey leg (can also use smoked turkey wings)

  • Seasoning (optional) (salt, pepper, vinegar, hot sauce


  • Remove the collard green leaf from the steam.

  • Wash the collards several times in cold water to remove any dirt and grit. You can also use salt to help remove the grit if needed.

  • Rinse well & set aside

  • In a large pot, add a tablespoon of olive oil and the chopped onions & garlic. Saute until tender.

  • Add in the chicken broth, red pepper flakes, & the turkey leg. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer for about 20-30 minutes. This helps the broth take on that delicious, smokey flavor!

  • Add in the collard greens. Simmer covered for about 45-60 minutes or until your desired tenderness is reached. You can increase the heat if needed but do not boil the collard greens. They will wilt down as they cook.

  • When done, season to your preference. In my opinion, these greens don't need a thing if your broth is very seasoned. You can also add a few dashes of black pepper and a few drops of hot sauce!

  • Preparation time: 15 minutes

  • Cook time: 1 hour 30 minutes

  • Total time: 1 hour 45 minutes


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