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Braised Collard Greens & Bacon

Braised Collard Greens & Bacon

By Traeger Kitchen

An essential part of a traditional Southern feast, these collard greens are smoked before adding in Traegered bacon, ham, and all the fixings.

Prep Time

15 Min

Cook Time

2 Hr
30 Min




This recipe serves:


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Units of Measurement:
3 Pound fresh collard greens, washed and trimmed
12 Slices smoked bacon, finely chopped
2 Medium sweet onions, finely chopped
3/4 Pound smoked ham, chopped
6 Clove garlic, finely chopped
3 (32 oz) container chicken broth
1/3 Cup apple cider vinegar
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 Teaspoon Salt
3/4 Teaspoon Pepper


  • 1

    When ready to cook, set Traeger temperature to 165℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes. For optimal flavor, use Super Smoke if available.

    165 ˚F / 74 ˚C

    Super Smoke

  • 2

    Smoke the collard greens for 10 minutes. Take collard greens off the grill and increase temperature to 375℉.

    375 ˚F / 191 ˚C

  • 3

    Place Dutch oven on the grill to preheat, about 15 minutes.

    375 ˚F / 191 ˚C


  • 4

    In the preheated Dutch oven, cook bacon until almost crisp. Add onions, and sauté for 8 minutes. Add ham and garlic, and sauté 1 more minute.

    375 ˚F / 191 ˚C


  • 5

    Stir in collard greens, broth and remaining ingredients. Cook for 2-1/2 hours or until desired tenderness.

    375 ˚F / 191 ˚C


  • 6

    Serve hot, enjoy!

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