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Slow Cooker Green Beans with Bacon

5 MINUTES PREP TIME, DUMP and GO for Smoky, Flavorful, Perfect Southern Slow Cooker Green Beans with Bacon.

This southern family favorite is gobbled up for holidays and for our weekly get togethers too! You’ll be the POT LUCK Superstar with this recipe! Another great holiday favorite is my Best Double Green Bean Casserole Recipe (Classic) !

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Slow Cooker Green Beans with Bacon

Why This Recipe Works…

  • Dump and Go Crock Pot Recipe! 
  • Easy with Simple Ingredients.
  • TONS of flavor!
  • Ingredients you probably have at home!
  • It’s as southern as sweet tea, grits and fried apples!

Here’s How To Do It…

STEP 1. 

Place everything into the crockpot

green beans, bacon and other ingredients in the green crock of a crockpot

Green Beans with Bacon

STEP 2. 

Come back in 6-8 hours and serve! 

A photo of how to cook green beans in a blue bowl on a cutting board, garlic, sugar and beans in background

Slow Cooker Green Beans and Bacon

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

How Long Does It Take To Cook Green Beans and Bacon?


LONG ANSWER:  Essentially, canned green beans are already cooked when you open them, right? Right.

You don’t really have to cook them at all.

The question is, really, do you want that deep smoky flavor?

Do you want silky soft green beans that cry out, “As God as my witness, I’ll never be hungry again!”?

If so, then at least 6 hours with good quality bacon and the other ingredients listed in the recipe.

How Do You Make Green Beans And Bacon On The Stove Top?

You can, in fact, make this same recipe on the stovetop. Simply follow those directions listed in the tips and tricks section.

No problem. You’ll get the most flavor if you cook them in the crockpot, however.

How Do You Make Green Beans and Bacon in the Oven?

Dump everything into an oven proof baking dish and bake at 350 for 45 minutes.

Can I Make Green Beans and Bacon on the Grill?

Yes! Of course you can! 

Place all of the ingredients in a grill safe baking dish (like an old dutch oven).

At least use a pan that you aren’t going to worry about being blackened by smoke. 

Heat over medium grill heat for 45 minutes. 

To Make Green Beans and Bacon in an Instpot

Place all of the ingredients in the instapot or pressure cooker and bring to high pressure for 10 minutes and then allow a natural release. 

How Long is This Dish Good for?

  • Green Beans and Bacon will last for 5 days if kept covered and refrigerated.
  • Put in the refrigerator within 2 hours. 

How Can I Reheat Green Beans and Bacon?

  • Reheat by putting into a sauce pan, add a little water and heat over medium heat on the stove top till heated through.
  • Place in a microwave safe dish and heat on high for 1 minute, stir, repeat at 30 second intervals until heated through.
  • Put your leftovers into an oven safe dish, add 1/2 cup of water, cover with aluminum foil and heat in the oven at 350 for 30 minutes. 

Can I Make This Recipe with Fresh Green Beans? 

Yes! Of course you can! 

Wash the green beans, cut into bite sized lengths, use in place of the canned green beans and cook to desired level of doneness.

Fresh green beans will take longer to cook and to soften if you like your green beans southern style. 

WHY is There Sugar in This Recipe?

Sugar is the SECRET ingredient! It helps to balance all of the other flavors. 

Sugar in vegetables is something grandmas in the south have been doing forever, trust me. 

What Can I Serve with Green Beans and Bacon?

Green beans and back are good with literally everything, but we especially love them with

TIPS and TRICKS For Slow Cooker Green Beans and Bacon

The Bacon

  • Use the thick sliced applewood smoked or the cherry wood smoked bacon for the best flavor.
  • If you are using thin sliced or  inexpensive bacon,  the kind that is stringy and falls apart when you try to take it out of the package, then please add 4 slices of bacon to the recipe. 
  • “WHY would you put RAW bacon in a recipe??? THAT IS DANGEROUS”.  In fact, no, it isn’t dangerous.
  • The bacon cooks right along with the beans – believe me – after 6-8 hours in a crockpot – EVERYTHING Is cooked.
  • The bacon imparts a lot of smoky goodness to the beans as it cooks. That is why it is in there!
  • If you are afraid of the bacon – then just don’t eat it. Eat the beans – for they are delicious!

Other Ingredients

  • “Can I use water instead of chicken broth since you only call for a cup?”. The answer is “of course you can”.
  • However, the chicken broth is going to add flavor and that is what we are going for here.
  • You might want to use chicken broth that comes in the box with the pour spout – that way you can use it in EVERYTHING to add flavor!
  • That is what I do (If I don’t have any that I canned myself – you can find that HERE).
  • Brown sugar vs white sugar.  Yes, I know, your grandma used white sugar (mine probably did too). However, I’ve found that the brown sugar just gives a little more depth of flavor and that is what I am going for, after all. The flavor.

PRO TIP – This recipe has a wonderful balance of sugar, fat, salt, smoky flavoring, acid and a dash of heat. You’ll find everyone wondering how you did it!

If You Enjoyed This Recipe You Might Also Enjoy….

How to Cook Canned Green Beans

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Slow Cooker Green Beans with Bacon

5 MINUTES PREP TIME, DUMP and GO for Smoky, Flavorful, Perfect Southern Slow Cooker Green Beans with Bacon.This southern family favorite is gobbled up for holidays and for our weekly get togethers too! You'll be the POT LUCK Superstar with this recipe!
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Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: slow cooker green beans and bacon, crockpot green beans
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 75kcal


  • 2 14.5 oz green beans canned (1 home canned quart)
  • 2 cloves garlic or 1 tsp, minced
  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 1 Tbs brown sugar
  • 2 strips of bacon - raw - cut into 1-2 inch pieces
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp vinegar
  • 1 dash cayenne pepper or hot sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste Usually about 1 tsp salt and ½ tsp pepper


  • Mix all of the above listed ingredients together in the crockpot and set on low.  
  • Cook for 6-8 hours.


Basic info:
  • Do not worry about putting raw bacon in this dish, it cooks along with the beans and imparts amazing flavor. 
  • Home canned beans beat store bought beans hands down any day. If you don't have home canned then store bought are fine.  
  • Drain the water from the canned beans first. 
  • For Butter:  Vegetable oil or any unflavored grease but not olive oil.  Olive oil adds a different flavor.  You could also use bacon grease if you have it. 
  • For Chicken Broth:  1 bouillon cube plus 1 cup of water. 
  • Instead of brown sugar:  It's ok to use granulated white sugar, raw sugar, honey or maple syrup but the honey and maple syrup will impart a different taste.  
  • Bacon:  1/2  tsp liquid smoke
  • Canned Beans:  Fresh green beans, but allow to cook longer. 
PRO TIP - This recipe has a wonderful balance of sugar, fat, salt, smoky flavoring, acid and a dash of heat.  You'll find everyone wondering how you did it!


Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Green Beans with Bacon
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 75 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 226mg9%
Potassium 45mg1%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 120IU2%
Vitamin C 3.1mg4%
Calcium 4mg0%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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***This recipe first appeared on the pages of Loaves and Dishes on November 28, 2017 and has been updated with FAQ’s, Tips and Tricks, Pro Tip, Nutrition Information, related recipes, what to serve with and a video***


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Wendi is the writer, CEO and dishwasher at Loaves and Dishes! When not in the kitchen or behind the computer, you can find Wendi serving on International Food Conference Boards, Speaking at various conferences, Leading and Cooking for the local Arts Council's "Taste of Stokes" events or donating home cooked goodies to various local non profits such as the Danbury Songwriters and Stokes Partnership for Children. Wendi is also a Registered Nurse with a Master's Degree and serves on her town's board of councilmen.

Recipe Rating


Tuesday 23rd of March 2021

Can I use cooked bacon instead of putting it in raw? I don't like limpy bacon. Yhanks!

Wendi Spraker

Wednesday 24th of March 2021

Sure Carole! However, after a day in the slow cooker, they might not be very crunchy. It's fine though.

Jane Coffman

Monday 30th of November 2020

This sounds wonderful! I am looking for a green bean recipe that i can put in a crockpot and forget it....i was wondering if i changed the servings to 18 what size crockpot would you recommend? thank you!

Jane Coffman

Tuesday 1st of December 2020

@Wendi Spraker, thank you so much! Can't wait to try them..

Wendi Spraker

Tuesday 1st of December 2020

Hi Jane, I think you will enjoy this one. I think I would figure 9 15.5 oz cans of beans for 19 people, that makes up the bulk of the recipe. There are 32 oz in a quart. You will have about 140 oz total. You will need a 5-6 quart crockpot for this job.


Monday 23rd of December 2019

Didn't get my comment to post earlier I guess. I had asked if it could be made in 4 hours on high. I went ahead and made them that way and rave reviews. Came out delicious. Everyone gobbled them up. I took home an empty crockpot. Thank you!

Wendi Spraker

Tuesday 24th of December 2019

Hi Darla! So glad you enjoyed! I did answer but perhaps it didn't show up on your end? Not sure, I'm glad you loved them though!


Sunday 22nd of December 2019

Question, in a pinch can you do 4 hours on high?

Wendi Spraker

Sunday 22nd of December 2019

Yes! Absolutely! That will work!


Wednesday 18th of December 2019

Could these cook and then be warmed up in the crockpots at a later time of the day? Have a work carry in and wasn’t sure how they would hold up being reheated.

Wendi Spraker

Thursday 19th of December 2019

If you are carrying them into work, you could assemble the whole thing at work and just let them cook at work in the crockpots. You could assemble at home and then carry them in and turn them on. You could start them at home, then finish them at work. All of those would work. The important thing is that you don't want to give bacteria the right environment to grow so you'll need to make sure that they are not below 140 degrees or above 40 degrees for more than two hours. Can you get to work in 2 hours? If so, you'll be fine. Hope this helps!


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