Slow Cooker Collard Greens and Ham Hocks Recipe

Collard greens are a southern classic that has been around for many years. They are a nutritious and tasty side dish to complement any meal. This recipe is a traditional one and is sure to please both the taste buds and the soul.

This easy-to-prepare dish has a short ingredient list, consisting mainly of smoked ham hocks for a savory flavor, collard greens (fresh or frozen), and spices.

Cast iron skillet cornbread and collard greens pair well with any meal!

Main Ingredients Needed

collard greens
Collard Greens
ham hocks
Ham Hocks
white onions chopped on cutting board
White Onion
Collard Greens With Ham Hocks Recipe
 served with cast iron skillet corn bread

Collard Greens With Ham Hocks Recipe

Serving Size:
1 cup
3 hours


  • 2 pounds of ham hocks
  • 8 cups of water
  • 3 pounds of collard greens
  • ½ cup white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced.
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)


  1. Add 2 pounds of ham hocks into a large pot with 8 cups of water and bring to a boil. Once water is boiling, reduce the heat and simmer for 2 hours.
  2. Take ham hocks from the pot. Remove skin and bone from ham hocks, and chop up the remaining meat. Return chopped meat to pot.
  3. Increase the heat to medium and add onion, garlic, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Optional, add 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes for a spicy flavor. 
  4. Stir and slowly add 3 pounds of collard greens into your pot. They will quickly cook down as you add them to the hot water.
  5. Cover and reduce the heat to simmer for 1 hour.
  6. Remove from heat and serve.

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