Beer Bacon Collard Greens

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
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Beer Bacon Collard Greens are an easy to make side dish recipe that is full of flavor. The crispy bacon mixed with the tender greens will make any family dinner complete!

Beer Bacon Collard Greens Is One Of My New Favorite Southern Recipes

My families favorite meals are inspired by a large mix of Texas, Louisiana and a good handful of southern foods. And while my parents throw a mean fish fry with fried okra and hush-puppies…and my Mom makes a delicious chicken fried steak…collard greens somehow never made it to the table.

Beer Bacon Collard Greens in a blue pot with a wood spoon

As an adult living in the south, I have found I absolutely love braised collard greens. Some of the best ones I have ever had were at Mrs. Wilkes in Savannah, Ga.

I have been making them at home many times with good success, however I have never gotten a halfway decent picture. Greens cooked within an inch of their life are nearly impossible to make look good. It’s probably why I never tried them until I was an adult!

Collard Greens in a large blue pot with bacon and a wooden spoon

If you can make it past their appearance, you will fall in love with the flavor of these collard greens.

Are Collard Greens Easy To Make?

They do take a while to cook on the stove, but they are very low maintenance and just simmer away while you do other things (in my case rock crying babies while you watch Gilmore Girls on Netflix for the 200th time). Plus, with the additions of beer and bacon – they are sure to please just about any crowd!

Landscape photo of collard greens.
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Yield: 6 servings

Collard Greens

This one-pot collard greens recipe with sweet onions and smokey bacon is an effortless Southern side for weeknights and gatherings.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time1 hour 25 minutes


  • 12 oz bacon, chopped
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup beer
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 lbs collard greens, or preferred greens, chopped, rinsed and tough stems removed
  • salt & black pepper, to taste


  • In a large, heavy bottomed pot, fry the bacon over medium-high heat for about 5 to 6 minutes. Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onions are wilted, about 4 minutes. Add the beer, chicken stock, vinegar, and sugar and bring to a boil.
  • Begin adding the greens in batches, pressing down with a spoon to submerge them in the hot liquid and adding more as they wilt. When all of the greens have been added, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook the greens, partially covered and stirring occasionally, for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until tender.


Storage & Reheating Instructions

    • Fridge: Store it for up to 4 days.
    • Freezer: Transfer it to freezer bags and freeze for up to 3 months. 
    • To reheat it: Microwave it for up to a minute or until warm. You can also heat it over medium heat for 8-10 minutes. 


Serving: 1, Calories: 385kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 57mg, Sodium: 1134mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 9g


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4 Responses
  1. Delores

    5 stars
    Prepared just as listed and transferred to slow cooker and cooked 4 hours on low. Great flavor. Will be the only collard recipe I will save.

  2. Jennifer+@+Show+Me+the+Yummy

    Hahaha, I LOVE Gilmore Girls…so glad it’s on Netflix now ;) I’ve never actually tried collard greens before, but there’s beer and bacon…can’t go wrong can you?

  3. Kathleen+@+Yummy+Crumble

    I’ve always been afraid to cook collard greens…but with bacon and beer?! Sign me up! I’m going to have to buckle up and try these out soon :) I hope the babies and you are well too!

  4. Nicole+~+Cooking+for+Keeps

    I don’t think I’ve eve had collard greens before, it’s a crime! But I definitely think I’d fall in love with them, how could you not? Bacon, garlic, hearty greens – there’s nothing to NOT love.

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