Collard Greens with Ham Hocks

A true Southern delicacy, it's hard to even find collards with ham hocks served in other parts of the country. But once you've had them, they're sure to be a staple at all your cookouts. Be sure to save the pot liquor (the broth leftover after boiling the greens) as a stock for soups and stews!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 35 mins
8 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • ½ medium white onion, chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed

  • 2 (32 fluid ounce) containers chicken stock

  • 3 cups water

  • 2 smoked ham hocks

  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons whole black peppercorns

  • 2 bunches collard greens - rinsed, trimmed, and chopped

  • 6 slices chopped cooked bacon


  1. Heat olive oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add onion and saute until fragrant, 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds more.

  2. Add chicken stock, water, ham hocks, vinegar, and peppercorns to the pot. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour.

  3. Strain solids out of the pot and increase heat to high. Add collards and return to a boil. Add bacon and reduce heat to a simmer. Continue to simmer until greens are tender, about 1 hour.

  4. Ladle collards into bowls with a little stock and serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

236 Calories
17g Fat
7g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 236
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Sodium 935mg 41%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 26mg 132%
Calcium 125mg 10%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 357mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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