Slow Cooker Collard Greens

about the recipe

I love cooking collard greens low and slow. Slow-Cooker Collard Greens are made with classic southern flavors. Tangy vinegar brightens the earthiness of the collards, and crushed red pepper adds the perfect amount of heat. The perfect side for a relaxed weekend dinner!


– 8 ounces bacon – 1 onion chopped – 1 teaspoon minced garlic – 8 cups chicken broth – 1 pound collard greens washed, trimmed and chopped – ¼ cup apple cider vinegar – 2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning – 1 teaspoon celery seeds – 1 teaspoon honey or sweetener of choice – ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes – ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper – ½ teaspoon sea salt

Step 1

Spray your slow cooker with cooking spray and set to saute,  Cook bacon for 5 minutes. Add onion and cook 8 more minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.

Step 2

Alternatively, if your slow cooker does not have a saute function, use a skillet and follow the directions as written.  Transfer to your slow cooker and proceed with the recipe.

Step 3

Change to slow cooker.  Add chicken broth, collard greens, apple cider vinegar, Old Bay seasoning, celery seeds, honey, crushed red pepper flakes, black pepper and sea salt.

Step 4

Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.


For Vegetarian and Vegan Slow Cooker Collard Greens, omit the bacon. Prepare the recipe as directed and add in 1 tablespoon of smoked paprika and 1 teaspoon liquid smoke.


Add a ham hock for even more flavor. For an extra touch of sweetness, increase the honey to 2 tablespoons.