The sweet from the brown sugar and the salty from the crispy bacon take these Brown Sugar and Bacon Green beans over the top.
Since the main ingredient is green beans, these can be considered health food, right? Some might classify this as a bacon recipe, but they really are the best green beans. These are perfect for holiday meals as well! Even the veggie haters will love these sweet and savory green beans.
(Moderation in all things . . . a little bacon and brown sugar every now and then won’t hurt.)
If all vegetables were prepared this way, I think that it would be my favorite food group.
These are simple, fast, inexpensive, and delicious. You are going to have a new family favorite with this one. It’s an easy side dish to go with any meal, including Thanksgiving dinner – and this green bean recipes is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
The sweet brown sugar combined with the savory bacon and green beans might sound questionable, but trust us – the green bean and brown sugar recipe will quickly turn into one of your favorites. It’ll be on all of your holiday menus from Christmas to Easter dinner!
Related recipe: How To Make Slow Cooker Green Beans (the best way to use fresh beans!)
How to make brown sugar bacon delicious green beans: recipe instructions:
- Step 1: Steam the beans according to package directions. You could use frozen green beans, or fresh, depending on your preference and what you have on hand.
I love the taste of fresh green beans, so I used the raw beans from the produce section. This would also be delicious with fresh-from-the-garden green beans. Those taste so sweet and delicious.
- Step 2: As the green beans are steaming, cook your bacon. I used about 6 strips of thick-cut bacon for this recipe, but you could use more or less, depending on what you prefer.
I felt like 6 strips was the perfect amount.
- Step 3: Remove the bacon from the pan and pat down with a paper towel to get all the extra bacon fat and grease off.
Pour the bacon grease out (I used an aluminum can to dump my bacon drippings into). And wipe the pan clean with another paper towel, to get the extra grease out.
Be sure to let the pan cool a little before doing this.
- Step 4: Crumble up the bacon pieces and place them back in the pan. Add the butter and brown sugar.
If you are looking for a healthier substitute, you could also use a little bit of olive oil instead of butter.
- Step 5: Heat the pan up, just enough that the ingredients are well combined, the butter is melted and the sugar granules have dissolved.This should only take a few minutes. Probably around 3 or 4.
- Step 6: Drain your green beans once they are done cooking, and add them to the bacon pan.
You could also add all the ingredients into a bowl, but I am all about saving dishes and having less to clean.
Mix until the bacon and beans are well combined and fully incorporated.
- Step 7: Eat immediately.
- Step 8: Store these easy green beans in an airtight container and store in the fridge to eat over the next few days (if there are leftovers, of course). Your holiday dinners will just keep on giving!
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Brown Sugar and Bacon Green Beans
- 6 bacon strips
- ¼ cup butter
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 16 ounces frozen green beans or fresh, 1 bag
- ¼ teaspoon garlic salt
- In a large skillet, fry the bacon over medium heat until done (but not quite crisp).
- Drain off grease and crumble the bacon.
- Add butter and brown sugar to skillet and add the crumbled bacon back in. Cook, stirring occasionally, over medium heat until the brown sugar has dissolved.
- Steam the Green Beans in the bag if they are steamable, otherwise place the green beans in a pot and fill with about 1 inch of water. Bring water to a boil and then place the lid on the pot.
- Steam the beans over medium heat until cooked through, about 5-8 minutes.
- Drain the water from the beans, season with garlic salt, and stir in the sugar and bacon mixture.
- Serve immediately.
Recipe slightly adapted from AllRecipes.
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