Southern Style Collard Greens

Southern soul food collard greens—perfectly seasoned and made with Smoking Goose jowl bacon, Bourbon Barrel smoked paprika, and mini sweet bell peppers. You’ll keep coming back for more. Add your own kick with hot sauce!


  1. Wash collard greens making sure to remove all the sandy sediment. Lay each leaf out and cut the tough central stem from the collards. Stack the leaves and roll them lengthwise. Slice into ½-inch strips.
  2. In a deep pot over medium heat, cook the jowl bacon until fat has rendered and the bacon is crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon. Turn the heat to low and add the garlic, onions, and a couple pinches of red pepper flakes (depending on how spicy you like it). Cook, stirring frequently, until onions and garlic are soft and turning golden, 5-8 minutes. Remove from heat. 
  3. Add the collard greens by the handful and stir until wilted. Add the bacon back to the pot. Pour in the broth or water, add the vinegar and the bell pepper. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper and add the smoked paprika. Bring to a low simmer, cover, and lower the heat. Cook for 30 minutes, or until greens reach the tenderness you prefer. Taste for salt and pepper and serve with a bottle of hot sauce.

Southern Style Collard Greens

Recipe Credit

Beth Blessing (Organic Beth) has a Masters in Nutrition and is the co-founder of Green Bean Delivery. She is a mother of three that loves supporting family farms and searching for unique, artisanal products. Her goal is to help others eat better and live a more natural, holistic life through healthy recipes and practical tips. Follow her on Facebook: @OrganicBeth