This irresistible comfort food side dish of green beans with brown sugar and bacon will compliment any main course entree. If you love a sweet and salty flavor combination, you’re going to flip over this easy brown sugar green beans recipe using canned beans..
We’re big veggie fans here On The Ranch. Our favorite vegetable side dishes include Cheesy Tangy Microwave Cauliflower, Slow Cooker Garlic Butter Baked Potatoes, and Swiss Cheese Creamed Cauliflower. These recipes are all winners and great for feeding a crowd.
This green beans and bacon recipe is hands down another one of our favorite side dishes to serve year round and a tradition at our Thanksgiving table.
This is an easy recipe that’s sweet, savory and absolutely delicious. Seasoned with bacon, brown sugar, butter and soy sauce, how can you go wrong.
Why You’re Going To Love This Recipe
- This bacon green bean recipe uses canned beans. Just simply drain off the liquid = easy peasy.
- This is a side dish that will feed a crowd. Calling for 6 cans of green beans, this easily serves 8 people.
- Aside from frying the bacon, it’s somewhat of a dump and bake style recipe. Combining all of the ingredients and it’s off to the oven.
- Prep time is quick. It’s ready for the oven in around 15 minutes.
- The end flavor is a sweet and salty combo that is irresistible.
- A perfect side dish for any season and any holiday.
- There’s bacon involved … nuff said there.
- Bacon. Just use your favorite brand.
- Canned Green Beans: Drained.
- Brown Sugar: I’ve used both light brown sugar and dark brown sugar for this recipe. Either works fine.
- Garlic Powder
- Soy Sauce: Seasoning canned green beans was never easier using soy sauce or Tamari sauce. Using tamari sauce makes this a gluten free green beans recipe.
Step by Step Instructions
- Step 1: In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic powder and melted butter.
- Step 2: Using a whisk, mix together until smooth.
Step 3: Add drained canned green beans to your favorite casserole dish. I like to use my Sur-la-Table 4-quart dish as you’ve got more room to stir and serve without spillage. A Pyrex 9 x 13 Pyrex will work, but it will be crowded. Spread the beans out evenly in the pan.
Step 4: Pour the brown sugar, soy sauce, butter mixture over the beans.
Step 5: Leaving the bacon grease behind, sprinkle cooked and crumbled bacon over the top of the beans. Using a large spoon, gently stir the mixture together.
Bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees and serve. Voila, you’ve got a delicious green beans and bacon recipe, a casserole style side dish bursting with flavor.
What To Serve with Brown Sugar Green Beans with Bacon
This practically goes with about any main course. Chicken, beef, or pork. Try them with Spice Rubbed Pork Tenderloin, or Classic Homemade Meatloaf, or Crockpot Rotisserie Chicken. For a starch, serve alongside Garlic Butter Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes.
- How To Make Real Bacon Bits: I like to slice the bacon into pieces and then fry it. As opposed to frying strips of bacon and then cutting it. Bacon can be a bit ornery to slice, but if you put it in the freezer for about 30 minutes before cutting it, it will be much more manageable.
- Use a good quality knife, or kitchen shears to slice or cut the bacon strips into pieces. No need to separate the individual slices. Cut the bacon into 1/2 inch pieces.
Absolutely. And since I’m always making this for a group of people, that’s what I do. Just prepare the green beans per directions. Cover with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator until ready to bake.
Yes. If you have left-overs, just place them in an air-tight container and freeze. They’ll last for about 6 months in the freezer.
You can. Just wash and trim the ends of the green beans and snap them in half. Boil the fresh beans in salted water for about 30 minutes or until beans are tender. Drain and proceed with the recipe.
Yes. Just let the green beans thaw, then proceed with recipe.
Storage and Leftovers
Store any leftover green beans in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 – 5 days. Reheat slowly in a saucepan stove top, or in a microwave safe container in 30 second increments until hot.
These beans will also freeze well. I like to use a zip-lock style freezer bag. These bags are easy to squeeze the air out and will lay flat to save room in the freezer. Be sure to label the bag with contents and date.
Tip: The recipe is best made by frying raw bacon. It adds a little fat and pure bacon flavor the recipe needs. If you must used store purchased bacon bits, soften them by frying in 1/4 cup butter then continue with recipe.
Green Beans with Brown Sugar and Bacon
I hope you give this brown sugar green beans recipe a try. It’s a Southern Green Beans recipe and brings all of the charm with it.
More Popular Side Dish Recipes
And if you’re looking for more side dish recipe ideas, don’t miss my Side Dish Category. You’ll find lots of great ideas, including one of the most popular recipes on my site for Broccoli Cheez Whiz Casserole.
Green Beans with Bacon and Brown Sugar
- 90 ounces canned green beans 6 small cans. Drained
- 10-12 slices of bacon regular or thick cut will work
- ⅔ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup butter melted
- ¼ cup soy sauce or tamari to make this gluten free
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder or granulated garlic
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cut bacon into 1/2 inch pieces and fry until nice and crispy.
- While the bacon is cooking, open and drain the green beans, then spread them out into a 3 quart casserole dish. A 9 x 13 Pyrex will work but it will be crowded. I like to use a 4 quart dish so I have more room to stir and serve without spillage.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, melted butter, soy sauce and garlic powder. Pour it over the green beans.
- After the bacon is crispy, use a slotted spoon to sprinkle it over the green beans. Stir the beans to distribute the sauce and the bacon. Bake the beans for 40 minutes.
- I like to slice the bacon into pieces and then fry it. As opposed to frying strips of bacon and then cutting it. Bacon can be a bit ornery to slice, but if you put it in the freezer for about 30 minutes before cutting it, it will be much more manageable.
- Use a good quality knife, or kitchen shears to slice the bacon strips into pieces. No need to separate the individual slices. Cut the bacon into 1/2 inch pieces.
Green Beans with Bacon and Brown Sugar … It’s what’s for a side dish.
This recipe was first published in July of 2016, and updated in December of 2021 with better photos and instructions.
vicki murphy says
Really delicious. I wanted to drink the juice. 🙂
Lea Ann Brown says
Hi Vicki and thanks so much for the rave review. And LOL – I hear ya about that juice. 🙂
I’ve never had these but they sound interesting.
I think I’ll make this recipe, but add a touch of apple cider vinegar. Thoughts?
Jan Ehrenkrook says
so sorry about the loss of your mom last year. this looks amazing! making for thanksgivin !! i am sure she was proud of the cook you became. thanks for sharing. love your recipes!
Kathy Walker says
Green beans and bacon how I love them. I am excited to try the sweet and sour dressing! Loved your story about growing up on the farm. I remember sitting on my grandma’s porch and breaking beans. Growing up stories… Memories…. Family dinners!
Karen (Back Road Journal) says
Isn’t it wonderful how food brings back the wonderful memories of our mothers. I must try her green bean recipe, it is different from any I’ve had because of the sugar. I’m sure she would be very pleased you are sharing her recipe and the wonderful memories you have of her.
Debra Eliotseats says
What a great memory. I am sorry about your loss but this is a great homage to your mom. I love this green bean recipe. My typical “grandma” memory is of overcooked green beans with lots of bacon and onions. (Note, overcooked was not a bad thing this her greenbeans and I could have eaten a gallon.) Nicely written!
My mom used to make something like this too! I’m sorry to hear of your loss.
I guess northern girls share some of the same memories, I used to sit and snap beans also. I used to get so tired of it, though and complain. But now I would give anything to go back and do it again…. with my mom. She has been gone longer then yours, and I can tell you it does get easier. BUT some days..some moments….
Anyway..stumbled upon your blog, and so glad I did…off to check out your recipes!
Jean | DelightfulRepast.com says
Lea Ann, I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. She sounds wonderful. I’ll think of her when I make these green beans. My mother died many years ago, and I still miss her. I love making, and eating, the foods she made.
Rocky Mountain Woman says
I miss my mom on Mother’s Day also. It gets easier as the years go by, but I still miss her sweet smile. She didn’t like to cook as much as my Dad so he made a lot of our meals, very similar to what you describe – simple fresh ingredients from the garden or the chicken coop or with canned green beans from the pantry.
My family will love this one! You can’t go wrong with bacon.