These Easy Green Beans with Bacon & Brown Sugar (Step-by-Step Video) are sweet, savory & delicious. The green beans are baked with a sweet soy sauce and crispy salty bacon that makes for a perfect combination and this recipe is absolutely a crowd pleaser!
The weather shifted midday yesterday and it went from a muggy 70°F+ to around 55°F in a matter of minutes. And I love it!
Cooler weather means we're nearing the holidays and that means all the best food will be eaten over the next couple of months. Granted, it probably won't stay cool for long but I'm going to relish every minute of it and the holidays are coming no matter what!
That's why this recipe is perfect for the Homemade Holiday Inspiration posts I'm sharing this month. Each week I’ll share a post filled with recipes, crafts, decorating ideas, and more! I’d encourage you to check out all the posts, click through and bookmark a few that you want to make this Thanksgiving or Christmas season!
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I originally made this recipe for our big family Easter get-together. My Mama called a few days before and asked what I'd be bringing and I immediately knew I wanted to make these Easy Step-by-Step Green Beans with Bacon & Brown Sugar. I hadn't tried a new green bean recipe in a long time, but this one is a keeper for sure!
Easy Step-by-Step Green Beans with Bacon & Brown Sugar
Someone in our family had made something similar a couple of years ago - except they used the whole green beans and wrapped the bacon around them then poured the sauce over the top.
My friend Susan said she makes them the same way. But this recipe sounded so much easier... no wrapping required! The main flavors are the sweet brown sugar and salty soy sauce plus fried bacon!
Green Beans with Bacon, Brown Sugar & Soy Sauce
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Plus... how can you go wrong with bacon and brown sugar? Another thing I really love is that the recipe makes a huge pan, perfect for a crowd! It was perfect for our family of 24 for our Easter dinner!! Actually, we ran out of beans, so it might not be quite big enough :-0
Arkansas Green Beans with Bacon
Arkansas? Yep. This recipe is also called Arkansas Green Beans. I'm not sure where that recipe title came from but it's popular enough that Google recognizes it so I thought I'd mention it too. If you're looking for an Arkansas Green Beans with Bacon recipe, you've found it!
Or at the very least, you've found a similar recipe. There are quite a few variations out there, but this sweet and savory green beans recipe is close to all the ones I've read.
One more thing - every recipe I saw fried the bacon. But I really don't like frying bacon and having the whole kitchen smell like bacon grease for a week, so instead, I baked the bacon like my friend Shelly taught me and it works so great.
Baking it in the oven means a lot less clean-up and no standing over popping grease for 20 minutes! Win-Win!
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Okay - without further delay... here's the amazing Old Fashioned Green Beans with Bacon & Brown Sugar recipe.Print
Easy Green Beans with Bacon & Brown Sugar
- Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
- Yield: 17 1x
These Easy Green Beans with Bacon and Brown Sugar are delicious. The green beans are baked with a sweet sauce and crispy salty bacon that make for a perfect combination and this recipe will feed a crowd!
- 5 (15 oz.) cans green beans
- 10-12 slices of bacon
- ⅔ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup butter, melted
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet (with edges, like this one) with foil. then spread out the bacon and bake it for 20 minutes, or until crispy.
- While the bacon is cooking, open and drain the green beans, then spread them out in a 9"x13" baking dish.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, melted butter, soy sauce and minced garlic . Pour it over the green beans.
- After the bacon is crispy, remove it from the oven, drain and chop it. Spread it over the green beans. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F, then bake the beans for 40 minutes.
If you'd like to use frozen green beans, you'll need approximately 8-9 cups to replace the 5 cans of green beans. The measurements do not need to be exact for this recipe.
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 1 hour
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: Side Dishes
Keywords: green beans, bacon, old-fashioned, Thanksgiving, side dish, Christmas, Side Dishes, Vegetables, beans
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I have never fried bacon before. How did you do yours? I think I would prefer that better, much healthier than eating all that grease.
The instructions for baking the bacon are included in the recipe box at the bottom 🙂
Lena Sue Williams
You drain it on paper towels after the bacon has cooked while it is still hot. Blot the bacon with a paper towel before chopping it up.
Hi Rose can I substitute the bacon since I don't eat pork,if yes what isa good substitute for this recipe
Printed the Bean/Bacon recipe. This will be a hit with my family, I'm positive!
YAY - I hope so!
Sounds delicious.Thank you for linking with us at #HomeMattersParty. We would love to have you again next week.
Best green beans EVER!!! So easy and delicious!
I have been making this recipe for many years. They are delicious and always a hit with guest. We call them Arkansas Green Beans. I use the Allen green beans. I always fry bacon in the oven.
This is the only way I will cook green beans ever again. Yummy
This recipe looks so yummy!! Could I use frozen French cut green beans instead?
Hi Nancy! Thanks for stopping by the blog. You certainly can! I've also used fresh green beans when making this recipe and they all turn out delicious.
Did you have to do anything different when using fresh green beans?
I'm so sorry I missed this earlier - I'd boiled them 5-7 minutes to soften them first, then follow the instructions.
I had a friend bring these to a potluck, she soaked hers over night in the fridge and then baked them the next morning. Have you tired this before?
Plus I was wondering if you could do this in a crock pot??
I have made them the night before and I've also done them in a crock pot - both work just fine!
How long/what instructions would be used for the crockpot??
Since they really don't need to cook, I'd think an hour or two tops would be good. They just need to heat through.
Hi! I'm so looking forward to trying this recipe for Thanksgiving! I hoped to use fresh beans and I'm happy to see that you've tried that with success. Just wondering - I assume I need to cut and cook (boil) the fresh green beans completely before assembling them into the casserole to bake?
Yes, you'd want to cook them first... unless you like them crunchy 😉
If you assemble and refrigerate the night before, then bake the next day, do you think the bacon still be crispy?
I was also wonderung about the bacon if you cook them in the crockpot.
I'm planning to make this for my second Thanksgiving I always make a second Thanksgiving meal on the Saturday following Thanksgiving for my nuclear family. P.S. FAT BEING BAD FOR YOU IS A LIE! Google "false lipid hypothesis" for the truth about fat, knowledge can change your life!
can you make this in a crock pot after crisping the bacon?
I don't see why not!
Put the bacon on top of the casserole right before serving.
If I'm only doing 2 cans of green beans, how much of everything else would I need?
I made these for Christmas and am going to make again tomorrow for Easter. We grow and can our own green beans and I need to use them up before new crop so this is a perfect way to share with the whole family!
If using fresh green beans, what amount In pounds should I use?
I don't know for sure but my best guess would be around 5 pounds fresh.
Made this for Thanksgiving side dish. Wonderful! Will use for church pot luck too.
(I did omit soy sauce)
So happy to hear it!
I made these delicious green beans for Thanksgiving and my family and friends could not stop eating them! My sons said to always make them like this! Will be making them for my family's "Christmas Dinner Party"!
That's so great to hear Debra!!
My entire family and other guests loved these! Thank you!
I’m not fond of soy sauce because it is too salty for me. Would the low sodium work as well?
It works great! That's what I use, too.
Some in family will not eat pork would leaving it out spoil the flavor?
It won't ruin the flavor but they will not be the same because the bacon provides a lot of the seasoning for this recipe.
Can I use bacon pieces rather than fresh bacon? If so, how much?
Yes. It's around 3/4 cup.
Why would anyone use green beans from a can?? They are already mushy and then they're cooked another hour. If I can't get fresh for some reason I know I can always find frozen.
I actually don't mind them from a can. I've had this recipe and green bean casserole with canned green beans for most of my life and like them just fine. But I also like it with fresh or frozen beans.
Hey! Could I make ahead and freeze this? I like to meal prep to make things easier! Thanks!
I haven't tried it but I'd worry that the green beans would be terribly mushy after freezing.
If using frozen green beans, about how much would I need?? Thank you!
My best estimate is 8-9 cups.
I am not sure if I read if it would be ok to make this up the night before and put in the fridge. Then warm it up the next day.
I'd wait to add the bacon the day of so it won't get soggy. Or maybe add half the bacon for the baking time, then add fresh crispy bacon the day you warm it up.
Last year your recipe was a hit. Making it again for Thanksgiving!
YAY - this makes my day! Happy Thanksgiving!
Making this for our family thanksgiving tonight and I’m so excited! I added a Tbsp of ginger to the sauce, I saw it in another recipe and it sounded good! I’ll report back!
If you do these in the crockpot, should you still drain all of the juice?
My brown sugar hardened when I pored the mixture on the green beans... is that ok?
Yes! It'll melt in the oven.
Found this recipe today & it was terrific. I didn’t have any soy sauce on hand but did substitute with Worcestershire sauce & it turned out great. Thanks.
What a great substitution! So happy to hear this!
Hi Rose can I substitute the bacon since I don't eat pork,if yes what isa good substitute for this recipe
Hi Lungi! The recipe is still just as delicious without the bacon!
OMG I made these last night and it turned out great. I sautéed some onions in the bacon fat that's the only thing different thing I did. It was to much for us so I gave some to my neighbor and they asked for the recipe. Thanks for sharing this with us.
I'm so happy to hear this!!
Can you use with Allen’s Kentucky wonder green beans??
I'm not familiar with those beans, but I don't see why they wouldn't work!
Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
This sounds great. I've never tried green beans with maple or brown sugar. Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party. Have a fabulous weekend.
So good! We really enjoyed the flavor and kid friendly too.
Is there anything I could substitute for soy sauce? I am allergic to soy.
I haven't tried it but I feel like Worcestershire sauce would be a great substitute!