Southern Beans Greens Slow Cooker Recipe

Recipe Category: Instant-Pot


Southern Beans Greens Slow Cooker Recipe


Serves 4

Active Time 10 minutes

Pressure/Manual (High) Natural/Quick Release

  • 2 smoked ham hocks
  • 2 cups water or chicken broth
  • 1 cup dried black-eyed peas
  • 4 cups coarsely chopped collard greens
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke (see Note)
  • corn bread or hot cooked rice, for serving (optional)


  1. In the Instant Pot, combine the ham hocks, water, peas, collard greens, onion, garlic, salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, bay leaves, and thyme
  2. Secure the lid on the pot
  3. Close the pressure-release valve
  4. Select MANUAL and set the pot at HIGH pressure for 10 minutes
  5. At the end of the cooking time, allow the pot to sit undisturbed for 10 minutes, then release any remaining pressure
  6. If the release valve foams, close it and allow the pot to sit for a few more minutes
  7. Remove the ham hocks from the pot
  8. Remove the skin and fat and discard
  9. Using two forks, shred the meat
  10. Stir the shredded meat into the beans
  11. Stir in the vinegar, hot sauce, and liquid smoke
  12. Taste and adjust the seasonings
  13. Discard the bay leaves
  14. Serve with cornbread or over hot cooked rice, if desired

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