Recipe: Southern Collard Greens with Smoked Turkey


Southern Collard Greens with Smoked Turkey is a traditional side dish that I grew up on. My mom used to cook them all the time until my dad took over.  To this day, I still don’t know all of his secret ingredients, but after trying for years, I’ve made my own recipe! I hope you enjoy!

Collard Greens with Smoked Turkey

Southern Collard Greens with Smoked Turkey

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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: greens, vegetables
Servings: 12


Smoked Turkey

  • 1 smoked turkey wing
  • 3 slices thick cut applewood bacon (diced)
  • 2 tbsp chicken base
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup diced onions
  • 6 cups water


  • 3 lbs chopped collard greens I used pre-packed Glory Greens.
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar


Smoked Turkey

  • In a large stock pot, add diced bacon and cook until brown. Do not drain.
  • Stir in chicken base, minced garlic, and diced onion. Simmer for 3 minutes.
  • Add 6 cups of water and smoked turkey wing. Cook for 45 minutes.


  • While the smoked turkey is cooking, chop and rinse collard greens thoroughly.
  • After the turkey has been cooking for 45 minutes, add a few bunches of the collard greens and cover with lid. If not enough room in the pot, wait about 5 minutes for the greens to wither before adding more bunches to the pot.
  • Once all the bunches of greens have been added, add 2 cups of water and simmer on medium-low for 1 1/2 hours.
  • Remove the turkey from the pot and shred the meat.
  • Stir in the shredded meat to the pot plus apple cider, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, poultry seasoning, red pepper flakes, and sugar.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes and serve.


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