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Collard greens in a white bowl with a slow cooker in the background

Slow Cooker Collard Greens and Ham Hocks


These tender and flavorful collards flavored with smoky ham hocks are slow cooked to perfection in your crock pot.


  • 1 large bunch collard greens (about 2 pounds), large stem portion removed (if desired) and rinsed well (discard any yellow leaves)
  • 2 ham hocks (about 11/4 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth (32 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Stack 3 to 4 collard leaves on top of one another and chop into approximately 2-inch pieces.
  2. Place the collard greens in your slow cooker insert (6-quart capacity or larger) and add remaining ingredients.  Stir to incorporate and coat leaves with the chicken broth.
  3. Cover and cook on high heat for 5 hours or low heat for 10 hours, or until collards are tender to your liking.  Quickly stir 2 to 3 times (as evenly spaced out as possible) throughout cooking time.
  4. Remove ham hocks and place on a cutting board.  Remove meat from bone and roughly chop or shred (be sure to remove all pieces of bone; some can be very small).  Discard bone and skin.
  5. Return meat to slow cooker and stir to combine.
  6. Season with additional salt and pepper, if desired.


This recipe was tested using a 6-quart slow cooker.

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 hours
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: crock pot collard greens, slow cooker collard greens