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Grilled 14 Spice Grouper Collars with Braised Collards & Country Ham Gastrique

April 9, 2019 |

Recipe courtesy of Chef Bud Taylor.
as seen on episode “Grouper | Sneads Ferry, NC“, Season 8

Flavor, NC | Grilled 14 Spice Grouper Collars with Braised Collards & Country Ham Gastrique
Country Ham Gastrique:


  • Drippings From 2 Slices Of Browned Country Ham
  • 3 T Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup (125Ml) Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Sea Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper


  1. Heat the butter, ham drippings and brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium-low heat for 5 minutes, until it becomes a noticeably deeper shade of brown.
  2. Add the vinegar and continue to cook, swirling the pan a few times, for about 15 minutes, until the sauce has thickened to the consistency of thin maple syrup.
  3. Remove from heat and add a good pinch of both salt and pepper.

Storage: The gastrique will keep for up to two weeks in the refrigerator. Let come to room temperature, or gently reheat, before serving.

Braised Collard Greens:


  • 1 Smoked Ham Hock (About 1/4 Pound)
  • 3 Pounds (About 4 Bunches) Collard Greens, Stalks Removed, Leaves Cut Into 1-Inch Strips
  • ¾ Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 8 Cups Water Or Roasted Vegetable Stock
  • Coarse Salt And Ground Pepper
  • Hot Sauce, For Serving (Optional)

For vegetarian preparation exclude ham hock and use roasted vegetable stock. Will need to increase salt by additional 1/2.


  1. In a large pot, combine ham hock, collard greens, and 8 cups water/stock and half of vinegar; bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce to a simmer, and cook until collards are very tender, 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  3. Remove ham hock, and discard.
  4. Add remaining vinegar, and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Serve collards with their broth, and, if desired, hot sauce.

Grilled Grouper Collars:


  • 4 Fresh Collars


  1. Toss in EVOO.
  2. Season with salt, pepper and the bistro’s 14 spice blend or your favorite bbq rub.
  3. Place collars on hot grill and cook until meat is flaky and cooked through. Approx. 6-7 minutes. Watch closely to avoid burning.

To Serve:

Place a small mound of collards in center of plate, top with grouper collar, and drizzle with ham gastrique. Enjoy while still warm.

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