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Slow Cooker Collard Greens
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5 from 12 votes

Slow Cooker Collard Greens

Try this set it and forget it recipe for slow cooker collard greens. Collards are slowly simmered with bacon until tender for a truly tasty Southern side.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Southern
Cook Time 5 hours
Servings 4 people
Calories 290kcal
Author Lisa B.


  • 4 large bunches of collard greens
  • 6 ounces bacon or 1 smoked ham hock
  • 3 tablespoons bacon grease
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 quarts of water
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Thoroughly wash your greens to remove any dirt or grit.
  • Remove the tough center stems from the leaves and discard. Coarsely chop the greens.
  • Pack the greens into the crock of a slow cooker (I used a 6-quart slow cooker. Remember, the greens will cook down a lot, so don’t stress if your crock pot seems a little full).
  • Coarsely chop the bacon and add it to the crock. Add the bacon grease, apple cider vinegar, water, and sugar. Season with salt and pepper. Give everything a stir.
  • If you are using a ham hock instead of bacon, nestle the ham hock into the greens.
  • Cook your greens on low for 5 hours until tender. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.


Calories: 290kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 298mg | Potassium: 125mg | Vitamin A: 15IU | Calcium: 210mg | Iron: 0.2mg