I grew up on turnip greens, cornbread and the like. However, when I want to add some delicious nuance to this dish, I bust out a pellet smoker and set these greens to going for a long cook time. The end result? Delicious, smoky, tender turnip greens!
A large stockpot or Dutch oven
4–5 bunches fresh greens
1 medium onion, chopped
4–5 pieces chopped up bacon
1 TBS good quality chicken stock concentrate
1 quart water
1 TBS Melissa’s Garlic Blend Seasoning
1/4 tsp cayenne
Salt, to taste
Preheat smoker to 225 degrees
Place Bacon slices on smoker and allow to cook for around 20 minutes, or until half-cooked or so. Remove and chop up.
Prepare greens by removing any large stems and chopping leaves into very large pieces.
Add water, chicken concentrate, onions, bacon, cayenne, and greens to stockpot, aluminum pan, or dutch oven and put in smoker, uncovered. Cook for 2 hours. Raise temp on grill to 300, cover stockpot, and continue to cook until greens are very tender. Time will vary according to the age of the greens, but 1-2 hours is generally good. I like mine very tender, so I cook 2-3 hours. Adjust for salt and pepper. Serve.
If greens are very bitter, add 1 tsp sugar. you can also add 1 tsp baking soda for the last 30 minutes to help remove some bitterness.
Keywords: smoked turnip greens