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Brown Sugar & Bacon Green Beans


These Brown Sugar & Bacon Green Beans require one pot and make the perfect side dish for any meal! Whip them up for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter or a weeknight meal!

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Brown Sugar & Bacon Green Beans

Brown Sugar & Bacon Green Beans
Brown Sugar & Bacon Green Beans
Brown Sugar & Bacon Green Beans


It’s GARDEN season!!

Are any of you as excited as I am about garden season?

This year we decided to grow green beans, tomatoes, corn, potatoes & lettuce.

We keep it pretty simple and every year switch it up a little bit.



Brown Sugar & Bacon Green Beans - frying bacon in a skillet



However green beans are always a staple.

We tend to can most of our green beans as you can see in this step by step tutorial on how to can green beans.

However, this year I decided to try out a few new cooked green bean recipes.

Now these Brown Sugar & Bacon Green Beans can be made all year round.



Brown Sugar & Bacon Green Beans - bacon draining on a paper towel



Especially since you can buy fresh cut green beans in the grocery store for a good chunk of the year.

I was initially drawn to this recipe because I love Brown Sugar, Bacon & Green Beans.

So when you put them all together I know I’ll love the recipe.

And sure enough I loved it.



Brown Sugar & Bacon Green Beans - water, brown sugar and season salt in skillet with bacon grease.



So much that I made this recipe twice in one week because I was craving it again!

These Brown Sugar & Bacon Green Beans are so easy to cook up that it’s a wonder everyone doesn’t make these!

My Mother-in-Law Liz and I both agreed that these MUST be on our Thanksgiving table this year.

And if I’m going to be totally honest, they’ll also be on our Christmas feast table as well.



Brown Sugar & Bacon Green Beans added to brown sugar mixture.



I love how you can create this entire recipe in one single pot and how the brown sugar makes a nice syrup that sweetens the green beans right up.

But not gross sweet.

Just tasty sweet.

The flavor is a lot like Brown Sugar Bacon.



Brown Sugar & Bacon Green Beans - bacon added to green beans



Sweet and salty and oh so tasty, but with the addition of “healthy” green beans.

I promise you that vegetables have never tasted so good!

Pro Tip:

Your initial gut reaction will be to cook the bacon until it’s crisp.



Brown Sugar & Bacon Green Beans - green beans and candied bacon plated up on serving tray.



However, don’t.

Instead cook it until cooked, but not quite crisp.

When you toss the bacon back into your skillet with the green beans it will continue to cook.

If your bacon is already crispy, it will become tough instead of perfectly crisp.



Brown Sugar & Bacon Green Beans - side view of bacon and green beans on plate



So cook your bacon but not until crisp.  You want it under-cooked.

Once you get the bacon right, the rest of the recipe will fall right into place.

We loved these green beans and even now I’m craving these again!

I’m convinced that these Brown Sugar & Bacon Green Beans are the way to get any non-vegetable lover hooked on green beans.


Yield: 6 Servings

Brown Sugar & Bacon Green Beans

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 6 - 10 slices of uncooked bacon
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon season salt
  • 2 pounds fresh green beans, ends trimmed off


Cook bacon in a skillet until cooked through but not crisp.
Remove bacon from skillet and set aside.
Add to skillet with bacon grease: water, brown sugar and season salt.
Mix well and bring to a simmer. Cook for 3 minutes or until brown sugar is dissolved.
Add green beans and mix around.
Chop of bacon into small pieces and add to green beans.
Cook over medium low heat for approximately 10 minutes, stirring and rotating green beans regularly.
Once green beans are cooked through, place on a platter and pour bacon and syrup over the top.
Serve immediately


Precooked Bacon can be used instead of uncooked bacon. If using precooked bacon skip to the water and brown sugar step. Add in 1 Tablespoon real butter in replacement of the bacon grease.


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