Mess O’ Greens


Mess O’ Greens

Best Method Braised Greens


  • Ingredients:
  • 5 bundles collard greens turnip greens, mustard greens, or a mix
  • 4 cups water
  • ½ cup cider vinegar
  • 3 large smoked ham hocks or 5 smoked turkey Wings
  • 1 Tablespoon of sugar
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 head Garlic crushed and sliced thinly


  • Directions:
  • Thoroughly wash greens.
  • Be sure to pull leaves apart and remove any sand.
  • Slice greens in finger sized ribbons.
  • In a stockpot, bring 4 cups of water to a simmer.
  • Place smoked meat, garlic, pepper flakes, sugar, and vinegar in water
  • and cover for about 90 minutes.
  • Cook smoked meat until tender about an hour and a half 2 hours.
  • In the same Pot, add greens.
  • Cover and cook greens for a further 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  • Taste…
  • Season with salt and pepper and another dash of vinegar if it needs it.
  • Serve in a bowl with the pot likker.

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