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Easy Smoked Turkey Collard Greens

  • Author: Crystal
  • Total Time: 21 minute
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x


These smoked turkey collard greens are tender and full of flavor. They have everything you love about Southern-style greens, minus the pork!


  • 3 pounds of collard greens, thoroughly rinsed and chopped
  • 1 smoked turkey neck, leg or wings(or another cured meat of your choice)
  • 4 tablespoons of salted butter, divided
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons of crushed garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar
  • 45 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar


  1. Clean and chop your collard greens if you have not already. I give detailed instructions for how to do this within the body of this post.
  2. In an 8-quart (or larger) stock pot, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter and saute the onions, garlic and crushed red chili flakes over medium heat, until the onions become translucent. 
  3. Add the smoked turkey neck (or leg) to the pot and brown on all sides.
  4. Add the smoked paprika, garlic powder and onion powder and add half of the chicken broth to the pot.
  5. Stir in the apple cider vinegar and sugar, and bring the pot to a simmer.
  6. Turn the flame down low, and add the greens to the pot. Pour the rest of the chicken broth over the greens. Cover the pot and let it simmer over low heat for an hour and a half.
  7. Once the greens have simmered for an hour and a half, remove the turkey leg or wing and use a fork to break the meat up. Disregard this step if you’re using a turkey neck. Discard of any bones and fatty pieces and return the meat to the pot. Stir the pot and taste the greens. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and season with salt and pepper to your liking. 
  8. Cover the pot with a lid, and let the greens continue to simmer for another 1-2 hours, depending on how soft you want your greens to be.
  9. Once the greens are done, turn the flame off and let them sit for 10-20 minutes to let the flavors settle. Give them a final stir and serve!
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3-4 hours
  • Category: Sides

Keywords: greens, turkey, smoked turkey, southern, easy recipe, collard greens, vegetables, sides