How to cook the best Southern Collard Greens with a simple mix of spices, smoked ham hock, brown sugar, and butter! First, make the broth, then add the greens and slowly simmer until the greens are rich with flavor, buttery soft and silky in texture.
Add the ham hocks and spices to a large pot with about 3 quarts of water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer, with the lid slightly ajar, for 1 1/2 hour.
Rinse the collard greens clean of any dirt or grit, and use a knife to remove the stems that run down the center. Stack about 6 leaves on top of one another, roll, and slice into 1" strips. Continue until all of the greens are chopped.
Add the greens, brown sugar, butter, and hot sauce to the pot and stir until the butter is melted. Allow to simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
Remove the ham hocks with a slotted spoon and set aside until cool enough to handle. Remove and shred any meat still clinging to the bone and return to the pot. Discard of the bone or save for another use. Serve and enjoy!
The Anthony Kitchen