Billy's Favorite Smoky Collard Greens


Here's a great way to get a smoky flavor in your greens without using ham hocks. This recipe will work with any type of greens, but you may need to adjust the cooking time.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 2 pounds collard greens - rinsed, trimmed and chopped

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon molasses

  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke flavoring

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Heat oil in a large pot. Saute onion and garlic until onions are translucent. Place chopped collard greens in pot, and add water to cover. Stir in brown sugar, molasses and liquid smoke. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 30 to 40 minutes, or until greens are tender.


Liquid smoke is produced by burning hickory chips, then condensing the smoke into a liquid form. The liquid is then filtered to remove all impurities. You can find it in most grocery stores in the section with the barbeque sauce and steak sauce. Some brands are more concentrated than others, so use sparingly, and season to taste.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

116 Calories
5g Fat
16g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 116
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Sodium 33mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 55mg 276%
Calcium 236mg 18%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 355mg 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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