Easy Collard Greens with Bacon

Easy Collard Greens with Bacon

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Easy collard greens slow cooked to tender perfection, with garlic and bacon. An almost effortless side that is perfect for BBQ!


  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1/2 tbl bacon fat or coconut oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 lbs collard greens, rinsed and chopped roughly
  • 24 cups pork or chicken broth (depending on cooking method)
  • 2 tbl apple cider vinegar


  1. Brown and crisp the bacon slices.
  2. While the bacon is cooking, heat a large high-sided pan with the bacon fat or coconut oil. Dice the onion and add it to the pan over low-medium heat. Saute until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic for a minute, until fragrant, then add about half the collard greens.
  3. Let the collard greens wilt before adding the remaining collard greens to the pan.
  4. Remove the bacon to a paper towel lined plate when it is done. Let cool a few minutes and then chop into small pieces. Combine the bacon with the wilted greens mixture, then stir in the apple cider vinegar.

Slow Cooker Method:

  1. Add the wilted collard greens mixture to a large slow cooker, along with 2 cups of stock. Cover them and cook on low for 5 – 6 hours.

Stovetop Method:

  1. Turn the heat down to low and add 4 cups of stock. Stir to scrape up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan, then cover and cook until tender, about 1 1/2 – 2 hours.