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!
Originally published March 2016, updated September 2023
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!
I originally made this recipe for our big family Easter get-together.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 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
While we usually have the more traditional Green Bean Casserole, 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.
Green Beans with Bacon, Brown Sugar & Soy Sauce
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 green beans with bacon and brown sugar. 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 for these green beans with brown sugar.
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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