- Heat a large dutch oven or stockpot over medium- high heat. Add oil and heat until shimmering, about 1 minute. Add onion and cook 4 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it starts to brown. (You want good caramelization on the onion.) Add garlic and cook 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Add bacon and brisket and cook another minute, stirring occasionally, until the fat begins to render.
- Add beer, stock, cane syrup, salt, black pepper, and cayenne and stir well. Reduce heat to medium and bring mixture to a simmer. Add a third of the collard greens and stir. Cover pot and cook for 10 minutes. Add another third of the collards, stir, cover, and cook 10 minutes more. Add the last third, stir, and cover. Cook for 45 minutes over medium heat.
- Uncover the pot and stir. Reduce heat to medium-low, keeping at a simmer, and cook uncovered for 1½ hours, stirring every 10 minutes. (Stir often, as you want the syrup and stock to adhere to all of the greens—to really lacquer them.) There won’t be a lot of water left at the bottom of the pot when these are done, only about a cup of liquid total.
From A Cajun Christmas