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Collard Greens with (homemade) Smoked Turkey Leg

How to make smoked collard greens with a homemade smoked turkey leg.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine barbecue side dish, bbq, Christmas, holiday, southern, Thanksgiving
Keyword collard green recipe, collard greens with smoked turkey, smoked collard greens
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Cost $15


For the Smoked Turkey Leg:

  • 1 turkey leg, about 1 1/2 pounds
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, (just enough to coat the leg)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • A few turns of fresh ground pepper
  • 1-2 tablespoons dry rub

For the Collard Greens:

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar, (white vinegar works well too)
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • The smoked turkey leg from above
  • 1 lb Collard greens, rinsed, de-stemmed, massaged for a couple minutes, and sliced 1-2 inches wide strips after


For the Smoked Turkey Leg:

  • Preheat the smoker to 250 degrees F.
  • Coat the turkey leg with olive oil, salt and pepper, and your favorite BBQ rub. Place on smoker until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees (approximately 2 hours).

For the greens:

  • Start by preheating a large stock pot over medium high heat.
  • Add olive oil and the diced red onions and soften for about 6 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add apple cider vinegar, chicken stock, salt, cayenne pepper, garlic powder and Worcestershire sauce and bring to a simmer.
  • Add turkey leg and adjust salt to taste. (You can let this simmer without the greens for up to an hour for more smoky stock flavor if you have time)
  • Finally add the chopped greens into the pot over a simmer and stir to mix. Cover and let sit for about one hour or until the greens are soft to taste. Take care to not let the stock come to a boil, keep the simmer as low heat as possible.
  • Serve in your favorite bowl and add some of the turkey from the leg in your dish.