Barbecued Green Beans

by Lana Stuart on October 19, 2010 · 7 comments

Barbecued Green Beans

I reached way back in my archives for the recipe I’m posting today. This recipe for Barbecued Green Beans made the rounds way back in the 1980’s. You remember. Back when we all wore our hair as big as possible and didn’t worry about the consequences of eating a half pound of bacon at one meal. You remember those days, don’t you?

I haven’t made this recipe in at least twenty years but for some reason I recently started thinking about it again. Of course that meant I had to give it one more try! Know what? It’s still as good as it was twenty years ago.

Now, before I start the recipe, let me just clear up one thing about “barbecue.” In some parts of the world, cooking outdoors over a flame is called a “barbecue.” In the South, that is called “grilling” or “grilling out.” Around here folks getting together to cook outdoors isn’t referred to as having a barbecue…it’s a cook-out. In the South, barbecue is any food that has had a barbecue sauce applied to it. It does not mean that the food has been cooked outdoors on a grill although it may well have been. A steak cooked outdoors on a grill is a grilled steak, but not barbecued unless you have put some barbecue sauce on said steak. That all cleared up for you? Good.

2 cans whole green beans, drained
9-10 slices bacon cut crosswise
1/2-3/4 cup barbecue sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Barbecued Green Beans

All you need for this recipe is three simple ingredients. Some whole green beans, some bacon and some barbecue sauce. This is the only recipe I’ve ever made that I used a purchased barbecue sauce for. For any other barbecue recipe I use my family’s super-secret sauce recipe. That recipe, however, is very vinegary and tangy and this dish really needs something more mellow and a little sweet. Just use whatever you think your family would like best.

Barbecued Green Beans

Make bundles of 6 or 7 green beans. Wrap each bundle in bacon and place seam side down in a baking dish.

Barbecued Green Beans

Drizzle barbecue sauce over beans and bacon.

Barbecued Green Beans

Bake for 45 minutes or until bacon is nicely browned.


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A delicious combination of sweet (from the barbecue sauce) and savory (from the bacon)!
  • 2 cans whole green beans, drained
  • 9-10 slices bacon cut crosswise
  • ½-3/4 cup barbecue sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Make bundles of 6 or 7 green beans. Wrap each bundle in bacon and place seam side down in a baking dish.
  3. Drizzle barbecue sauce over beans and bacon.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes or until bacon is nicely browned.
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1 kateiscooking October 19, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Those look SO good!!! Wish I could dive into a plate of them right now! Kate@kateiscooking


2 Melynda@Moms Sunday Cafe October 19, 2010 at 5:38 pm

This had my name, all over it! Thanks so much.


3 Liz @ Blog is the New Black October 19, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Looks great- this is a good way to get my bf to eat green beans!


4 {Clockwork Lemon} October 19, 2010 at 11:14 pm

These look so tasty!

I’m going to have to read that paragraph about what means bbq to who and where it was cooked ;)


5 Angela FRS October 19, 2010 at 11:55 pm

Wow! I want those! I will have to try this soon.


6 Neena October 21, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Just in time for Thanksgiving dinner. They would certainly compliment the turkey .


7 Kathy Green November 19, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Lana – thanks for posting this “oldie but goodie” — but, it is MUCH OLDER than the 80s! I graduated h.s. in 1964 and I recall the first time I ate it — most likely at one of the ubiquitous POT-LUCK DINNERS at church! It was something “new” and oh-so “exotic” for us back then; altho’ I believe the beans weren’t WRAPPED in the bacon, could have been cooked first and then mixed in with the sauce and completed on the stove-top. Regardless, glad to know that it’s being “revived” and enjoyed by new generations.


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