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Smoky Turnip Greens
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Smoky Turnip Greens

Smoky Turnip Greens are savory, smoky and delicious.    Pairs well with chopped onions, hot sauce and a big slice of Homemade Self-Rising Cornbread. Recipe and photography by Beverly Davis for CornbreadMillionaire.com.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Servings: 8 servings


  • 2 smoked ham hocks, rinsed See recipe notes for smoked neck bones and smoked turkey necks.
  • water for boiling
  • 2 16-ounce bags fresh turnip greens Or use 4 to 5 bunches of fresh turnip greens.
  • 1/4 cup salt For washing turnip greens.
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt to taste Use to season turnip greens while boiling.
  • 2 teaspoons sugar (optional) Use to remove bitterness.
  • 2 teaspoons Liquid Smoke (optional)
  • pepper sauce (optional)


  • Place 2 rinsed smoke ham hocks (add more if preferred) in large saucepan or dutch oven. Cover with water.
  • Cover saucepan or dutch oven with lid. Simmer over low-medium heat for 1 hour.
  • While meat is boiling, clean kitchen sink with warm soapy water. Rinse thoroughly.
  • Or, use two large bowls. One for washing turnip greens. One for rinsing.
  • Fill clean sink or large bowl with water until 1/2 full. Pour in 1/4 cup of salt. Add turnip greens. Thoroughly wash. Thoroughly rinse. Wash and rinse again.
  • If using bunches, remove thick part of stems from each leaf before tearing into small pieces. If using chopped/bagged turnip greens, remove small pieces of stalks. Do this before or after washing.
  • Carefully place clean turnip greens in large saucepan or dutch oven with smoked ham hocks. Press down with a large spoon.
  • Place 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a cup of water. Pour over turnip greens. Add more water to cover them.
  • Place lid on saucepan or dutch oven. Simmer over low-medium heat. After 15 minutes, stir and flip meat over.
  • After 45 minutes, taste a sample. If bitter, add 2 teaspoons of sugar (optional). If desired, add more water and continue cooking 30 minutes to 1 hour OR until satisfied with taste and texture (should be easy to chew).
  • Serve hot.