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Top view of green beans with bacon and onions on a wood cutting board.

Southern Green Beans

Love the barbecue restaurant style soft meaty green beans? Try my recipe for Southern Green Beans--made with bacon and onions and done in less than 30 minutes time. This classic southern side dish will become a new family favorite.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free, Low Lactose
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 85kcal
Author Katie


  • Stove Top


  • 2 Bacon Slices diced
  • 1 lb. fresh green beans trimmed
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon Liquid Smoke


  • Place the diced bacon in a large sauce pot. Saute for 5 minutes until bacon fat starts to render and bacon crisps.
  • While bacon is cooking, trim and rinse green beans.
  • Place green beans in with the bacon and bacon fat. Fill with 3 cups of water.
  • Add the salt, dried minced onions, and bacon fat to the pot. Place a lid on the pot and bring to a boil. Then, reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes until soft. Once the green beans are almost done mix in the liquid smoke.
  • Divide evenly among plates and enjoy immediately.


  • Bacon Fat - If you don't have bacon on hand, but happen to have bacon fat in your refrigerator. You can use 1 tablespoon of bacon fat in place of the strips of bacon.
  • Lower Sodium - If you are trying to lower your sodium and/or don't like salty food I suggest you only using 1 teaspoon of kosher salt at first, then taste and add additional if needed.
  • Double - Love this recipe so much or maybe trying to feed a crowd? You can easily double the ingredients in this recipe to make more. Trust me--always make more of these barbecue green beans. They are so good!
  • Canned Green Beans - If you choose to make these with canned green beans I suggest using a lower-sodium green bean and omitting all salt.


Serving: 0.5c | Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 1254mg | Potassium: 282mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 787IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg