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A close up shot of Braised Collard Greens with Bacon in a cast iron pot with a gray towel alongside.
Braised Collard Greens with Bacon
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 15 mins
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins

Eat your greens. Better yet, eat your braised collard greens with bacon..smoky, savory, with a hint of sweet and a touch of heat!

Course: Side/Veggies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: braised collard greens
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 157 kcal
  • 4 strips bacon
  • 1 large onion, peeled and diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 lbs collard greens, stems removed and cut or torn
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • big pinch red pepper flakes
  1. Heat a dutch oven or large heavy bottomed pot over med/high heat. Add the bacon to the pan and cooked, flipping once, until golden brown, about 10 mins. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.

  2. Leave the bacon drippings in the pot and add the onion. Saute until softened and golden, about 10 mins. Stir in the garlic and cook 2 mins more.

  3. Stir in the brown sugar, then deglaze with the vinegar. Mix in the stock and bring to a boil.

  4. Reduce to a very low simmer and stir in the greens and seasonings. Cover and simmer until very tender, about 40 -45 mins. Remove the lid and cook until the liquid is reduced by half, about 15 mins.

  5. Crumble the bacon (reserve 2 Tbsp for topping) and toss into the greens. Serve with the reserved crumbled bacon on top.

Recipe Notes
  • Make sure you cut out the stems of the collard greens before braising. The stems can be tough, chewy, and unpalatable.
  • Watch the bacon as it cooks and be careful not to let it burn. We want those drippings in the pan to taste salty and bacon-y (is that a word?), not leave a burnt aftertaste. 
  • Braise the greens covered over low heat and don't take the lid off to reduce until they're very tender. 40-45 mins is a guide, be sure to taste and observe the texture before finishing uncovered.
  • Wait to adjust the seasoning (salt) until after the greens are tender. The salt will intensify as it cooks as the bacon and the drippings are salty too.
  • Yes, collard greens can get a little stinky as they cook. Crack a window and know it will be sooo worth it after that first bite!
Nutrition Facts
Braised Collard Greens with Bacon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 157 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 626mg27%
Potassium 467mg13%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 7630IU153%
Vitamin C 55.4mg67%
Calcium 360mg36%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.