Easy Collard Greens with Bacon

Easy Collard Greens with Bacon

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.