"This is the only version my kids will eat! Easy to make in the slow cooker and makes the house smell yummy. Goes great with fried chicken (or anything fried!) or any Southern dish, and it's a perfect holiday side dish that's easy to prepare."
Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add garlic; cook and stir until light brown, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a slow cooker and add chicken stock and ham hocks. Cover and cook on Low, 8 hours to overnight.
Remove 2 cups of liquid from the slow cooker and set aside. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add 1/4 the collard greens, 1/4 the cubed ham, and 1 teaspoon red pepper; season with salt and black pepper. Pour in 1/2 cup of the reserved liquid. Cook, stirring occasionally, until greens are bright green and slightly wilted, about 4 minutes. Transfer mixture to the slow cooker. Repeat 3 more times with the remaining greens, ham, red pepper, and slow cooker liquid.