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Crack Green Beans

If you are ready to try a different way of cooking crack green beans that will make your family come begging for more, then try this recipe!

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Crack green beans

Let us face it, vegetable dishes are usually bland and it’s difficult to get any real enthusiasm about sitting down and staring at veggies on the dinner table. Most people can only tolerate them as vegetable sides and never as the main course.

Such is true when it comes to crack green beans. However, I have come up with a twist to the traditional way of cooking and serving green beans that might just change your opinion on veggies.

Admittedly, it took a little bit of creativity, a dash of brown sugar, and some soy sauce to get this crack green beans recipe over the line, but the result is simply delicious!

The journey to eating healthier meals is often hampered by the difficulty of finding delicious recipes for vegetables.

However, if you are ready to try a different way of cooking crack green beans that will make your family come begging for more, then read this recipe blog and be inspired!

Cooking green beans in pan

Why You Will Love This Recipe

I do not doubt that once you try this green beans recipe, it will become a mainstay at most of your future family dinners.

It is a simple dish that is not only easy to make but goes well with a wide range of food options.

However, is that reason enough to love this dish? After all, the same can be said of mashed potatoes, right?

Well, if you end up falling in love with this green bean recipe like I did, it will be because of the following reasons:

  • It has bacon! Lots and lots of crispy bacon that will leave your mouth watering!
  • The melted butter gives it a savory glaze that you will love
  • Very few ingredients which are great if you have even the pickiest eater among you
  • It’s very easy to make
  • This is the perfect side dish for a family dinner party or a get-together with friends

What Do Crack Green Beans Actually Taste Like?

If you are wondering how these fresh green beans will taste, the clue might be in the different names the crack green beans recipe goes by. Depending on whom you ask, this crack green beans dish can be called:

  • Southern green beans
  • Smothered green beans
  • Southern smothered green beans
  • Southern crack green beans

If you are familiar with Southern dishes, you will know that what usually sets them apart is the sweet and savory glaze that goes on most of their food down there. This crack green beans recipe is no exception.

It’s the combination of bacon grease and sweet and savory sauce that does it for me. You get the sweetness of the savory sauce that comes from the brown sugar on one hand and the salty taste of crispy bacon on the other.

The soy sauce is also evident in a subdued undertone to create a dish so delicious it will convert even the most steadfast green bean haters. If you have a lot of green beans leftover, you could make fresh green bean casserole.

Notes on Ingredients

As you can see, these recipe ingredients are not at all complicated to find. What you will need to do is simply remember the following important tips:

  • I prefer regular bacon cut into thick slices for this recipe
  • If you are going to use canned green beans (as we will discuss later) make sure it has no salt because you will be adding salty ingredients, such as soy sauce
  • As for the soy sauce, buy the low-sodium variety if possible
  • Go easy on the garlic powder and onion powder so you do not mask the tasty sweet and savory glaze


You do not need any specialized equipment to cook bacon pieces and green beans. Just grab a cooking pan, mixing bowl, wooden spoon, and an oven preset to 350º F.

You will also need an airtight container in case you want to store some leftovers.

Helpful Hints

This is a very easy recipe to follow, with easy-to-find ingredients, such as green beans, bacon, and brown sugar. To make sure you achieve the desired results, remember these expert tips:

Reserve Some Bacon

Baking the bacon in the sauce will make it lose its crispiness, so you can set aside a few pieces of bacon to use as a crunchy topping when serving your green beans.

Trim the Green Beans

Many people do not like the ends of fresh green beans, although they will in no way affect your dish. If you would like, you can trim the ends off and only use the center of your pods of green beans. This will only take a couple of extra minutes.

Steam the Green Beans

If you are pressed for time, you can steam your green beans for a few minutes before baking. This will save you some time in the cooking process. You can also use our blanch green beans recipe as an alternative.

Bake the Bacon

Instead of frying the bacon like you usually do, why not try baking it instead? You may lose a bit of the crunchiness but it is a healthier way of cooking and leaves no mess after.

Green beans and bacon

What Goes Best With Crack Green Beans?

As the perfect side dish, crack green beans can go with a variety of dishes, such as:

  • A savory ham as brunch
  • As a side dish for a potluck dinner
  • With roast beef, chicken, or turkey
  • You can even have green beans on their own as a delicious and healthy snack


While the ingredients I have used in this recipe are the ones I have come to enjoy, you can try a few variations to make the dish more to your liking or to utilize what you already have in the pantry.

Try the following variations:

Substitute Turkey Bacon

If you are not keen on pork, you can use turkey bacon instead. In terms of the crispy bacon texture, you will hardly notice any difference at all.

Turkey bacon might be a bit more expensive, though, but it will still go very well with your green beans.

Try Canned Green Beans

Canned green beans are a great option if you don’t want to use fresh green beans. You will also cut back on cooking time because the canned green beans come partially cooked already.

Also, frozen green beans work very well with this smothered green beans recipe as long as you thaw and drain the green beans first.

Fresh Garlic and Onion

Garlic powder and onion powder are great for the convenience that they give you, which cuts back on the cooking time and leaves behind less of a mess.

However, if you do not mind the extra work, fresh garlic and onions, chopped into small pieces will be perfect for this dish because they release a much richer flavor than the powdered variety.

How To Store and Reheat Crack Green Beans

If you have any leftovers, it is very easy to store your savory crack green beans. All you will need to do is place the green beans into an airtight container and store them in the fridge.

In a regular fridge compartment, your green beans will last about 4-5 days. However, if you freeze the food in a freezer-safe bag, it will last you up to six months.

Final Word

If you were looking for one of the most delicious recipes for Southern smothered green beans, you have found it! This is an easy recipe that can be used for fresh beans, canned green beans, or even frozen green beans.

Simply grab your baking dish and the few ingredients you will need and in less than an hour you will be ready to serve your family the best green bean dish they have ever tasted.

Yield: 8 servings

Crack Green Beans

Crack Green Beans

If you are ready to try a different way of cooking crack green beans that will make your family come begging for more, then try this recipe!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 15 oz. cut and drained green beans (fresh beans)
  • 12 slices chopped and crispy bacon
  • 2/3 c. light brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. of melted butter
  • 6 tsp. of Tamari soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • Cooking spray


  1. Start by setting the oven to 350º F. This will take a few minutes so you can do other things in the meantime.
  2. Cook bacon in a pan until it is crispy. Be sure to chop the bacon into small pieces first and use medium heat. Once ready, dry the bacon using a paper towel. Keep the bacon grease on the side for later use.
  3. Grab a mixing bowl and add garlic powder, onion powder, soy sauce, light brown sugar, and melted butter. Mix well.
  4. Transfer the cooked pieces of bacon, green beans, and sauce mixture to a large bowl. Toss everything until the green beans are completely coated.
  5. Apply a layer of cooking spray to a baking pan and add the green beans with bacon grease to it. Spread it out evenly in the pan.
  6. Carefully place the pan in the oven and bake for about 40 minutes.
  7. Once your crack green beans with bacon are done, you can serve them immediately or put them aside for later.


Baking the bacon in the sauce will make it lose its crispiness, so you can set aside a few pieces of bacon to use as a crunchy topping when serving your green beans.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 141Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 437mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 2gSugar: 16gProtein: 2g

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