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Bacon and Brown Sugar Arkansas Green Beans

This Bacon and Brown Sugar Arkansas Green Beans recipe uses soy sauce and garlic in its sweet, buttery glaze, coating the green beans to create a delectable side dish.

This Bacon and Brown Sugar Arkansas Green Beans recipe uses soy sauce and garlic in its sweet, buttery glaze, coating the green beans to create a delectable side dish.

I am a mother of three, and finding ways to make your kids want to eat vegetables is always a challenge. 

I love vegetables and I think they are necessary for a healthy diet, so I was determined.

This green beans bacon brown sugar recipe uses soy sauce and garlic in its sweet, buttery glaze, coating the green beans to create a delectable side dish.

When my kids were younger, canned green beans were easy.  As toddlers, I didn’t even have to heat them up.  They could feed themselves and the beans were soft and easy to eat. 

But as teens, they were no longer a fan.  I didn’t know if this was a taste issue or a texture issue, but I knew I was thankful that their taste buds were maturing.  

This brown sugar bacon green beans recipe uses soy sauce and garlic in its sweet, buttery glaze, coating the green beans to create a delectable side dish.

So I ditched the can and began working with fresh green beans.  I tried adding onions and garlic; still they were not a fan. 

Next, I tried adding new potatoes to them.  Guess what, at the end of dinner, the potatoes were gone and I had a pan full of uneaten green beans. I needed more flavor!

This green beans with soy sauce and brown sugar recipe uses soy sauce and garlic in its sweet, buttery glaze, coating the green beans to create a delectable side dish.

When my oldest went away to college in Arkansas, I was introduced to a recipe with a sweet/savory glaze and BACON. That was a hit! 

After tweaking this brown sugar green beans recipe to my liking, this became a family favorite!

My kids, and my husband, would always like me to add more bacon to this dish, but I’ll leave that up to your discretion. I still want this to be a ‘vegetable’ dish.

This green beans with brown sugar recipe uses soy sauce and garlic in its sweet, buttery glaze, coating the green beans to create a delectable side dish.

The dish is always empty after I serve this green beans with bacon and brown sugar recipe.

It’s easy enough to be in your regular meal repertoire but succulent enough to take to Thanksgiving dinner.

I’m sure you will find it to be a family favorite as well!

This Sweet Green Beans recipe uses soy sauce and garlic in its sweet, buttery glaze, coating the green beans to create a delectable side dish.

Here’s the Recipe!

Bacon and Brown Sugar Arkansas Green Beans Recipe

This Bacon and Brown Sugar Arkansas Green Beans recipe uses soy sauce and garlic in its sweet, buttery glaze, coating the green beans to create a delectable side dish.


4.4 from 176 votes
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Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: North American
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
Total Time: 55 mins
Servings: 6
Calories: 197kcal
Author: The Wanderlust Kitchen
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Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lb. fresh green beans
  • 6 slices of bacon
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup salted butter - melted
  • 3 teaspoons soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Trim off the ends of the green beans and then cut or snap the beans into 1 ½-2 inch pieces and place them in a large sauce pan. 
  • Add enough water to cover the beans.  Bring the water to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and cover the beans.  Simmer for an additional 5 minutes. 
  • Drain the beans and place them in a two-quart glass or oven safe ceramic baking dish, like a 9" x 9" Pyrex dish.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon to the pan, turning them over often until it is brown on the edges. Transfer cooked bacon to a baking rack or paper towel lined plate to cool.
  • Once cool to the touch, crumble the bacon into pieces and sprinkle the bacon over the beans in the cooking dish.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the melted butter, brown sugar, soy sauce, and garlic powder.
  • Drizzle the mixture over the beans and bacon, coating evenly.
  • Bake uncovered for 20 minutes and then gently stir making sure all the beans are coated with the sweet/savory sauce.
  • Continue to bake for 15 minutes, and it’s ready to eat!
Nutrition Facts
Bacon and Brown Sugar Arkansas Green Beans Recipe
Serving Size
 
1 serving
Amount per Serving
Calories
197
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
12
g
18
%
Saturated Fat
 
6
g
38
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
5
g
Cholesterol
 
32
mg
11
%
Sodium
 
410
mg
18
%
Carbohydrates
 
18
g
6
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
13
g
14
%
Protein
 
6
g
12
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Linda

Hi, I'm Linda! Welcome to The Wanderlust Kitchen, where I share recipes and travel adventures from all around the world. Here you'll find a world of recipes you can have confidence in. These recipes celebrate authentic food heritage as well as modern techniques and ingredients. Be adventurous and try a new recipe and travel somewhere you have never been before.  Bon Appétit! Bon Voyage!  

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  1. 5 stars
    Love this have only made it once but would not change anything. Question; would it be as good made the day before and heat prior to serving?

    1. Hi Libby, this recipe does make good leftovers the next day. I wouldn’t say they are as good as fresh out of the oven, but they are good. – Linda

  2. Hey Super Mom….You did it.

    This recipe looks so inviting. I am sure this will get my kids to eat vegetables again.

    Can I leave out the garlic powder or use onions powder instead?