Brown Sugar Green Beans with Bacon

Tender brown sugar green beans with bacon are so incredibly flavorful and make the perfect side dish, especially for holiday meals. 

Brown Sugar Green Beans with Bacon |

Holiday side dishes are my fav-o-rite side dishes. If we are excluding French fries, which we are. French fries are a whole other discussion we just don’t even have time for. Except for those babies, holiday side dishes are my sides of choice and I’ve said it before but they are easily my favorite part of holiday meals. Even though I love a really good glazed ham or brined turkey (no one can brine a turkey like you Mom) I could, if I absolutely had to, live with out the main dish come Thanksgiving or Christmas.

As long as I can fill my plate (two or three times) with side dishes galore, I’m a happy camper.

Brown Sugar Green Beans with Bacon |

My mother goes overboard every single year and makes two kinds of mashed potatoes, yams, sweet potatoes, green beans two ways, some kind of fruit salad, two or three kinds of bread (gotta have options) and at least two meats. It’s not turkey or ham at our house, it’s turkey AND ham with your choice of sauce.

Love that woman and her need to out-do herself every single year.

Brown Sugar Green Beans with Bacon |

This is my latest obsession as far as green beans are concerned. I took the idea from one of my mother’s famous green beans recipes and spun it my own way with the addition of garlic, brown sugar, and dijon mustard. Dijon mustard?? YESSSSSSS. It makes all the difference in this recipe bringing the sweet and the savory together in one scrumptious sauce. You’re gonna go crazy for this one and so will every single person you’re having over for holiday dinners.

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Brown Sugar Green Beans with Bacon

Tender brown sugar green beans with bacon are so incredibly flavorful and make the perfect side dish, especially for holiday meals.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon, green beans
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Author Tiffany


  • 2 pounds fresh green beans, ends trimmed
  • 4-6 strips bacon, chopped (may sub turkey bacon)
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Place beans in a large pot and cover beans with water. Cover pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Boil until beans are tender, but not soggy (they are going to get cooked a bit longer later on so you don't want them overcooked at this point, just to the point they can be easily pierced with a fork).
  • Drain pot and rinse beans in cold water. Set aside.
  • In skillet, cook bacon over medium-high heat 6-8 minutes until fully cooked but not yet crispy.
  • Add brown sugar, dijon mustard, and garlic to the pan and stir until all ingredients are combined. Add green beans and continue to stir until sauce is bubbly and green beans are thoroughly coated in the sauce (4-6 minutes).
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve hot.

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Hi there, love this. Would you like to share this with the other participants in Food on Friday over at Carole’s Chatter? I have a weekly link up party – each week there is a different ingredient or theme. The current theme is Holiday Treats. You can see upcoming themes in one of the pages at the top of my home page. If you would like to join in the fun please schedule a reminder for each week. The collection starts at 7am Friday New Zealand time – which is probably some time Thursday your time – I do find time zones quite confusing. Hope to see you soon. Cheers, Carole

    I’m not a vegetable fan but I loved this and the left overs the next day. I bet the brown sugar and bacon had a little t to do with it. Love it.

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This green beans idea is perfect for me. I think of sunny side up with it for my lunch today. Thank you !

YUM! This looks delicious as always! I love the choice to add the brown sugar it adds a powerful flavor to go with the bacon!

you don’t drain the bacon grease?

Hi I’m making this for a thanksgiving dish tomorrow. Can this be reheated , because I’m taking it to my coworkers house.

    Yes! I would just under-cook the beans very slightly so that when you heat it up they don’t get soggy. 🙂

    Another great option is to cook it as described in the recipe, and then transport in a warmed-up slow cooker to keep warm until serving. 🙂

Do I drain the bacon grease before adding the sugar and mustard? Also, does this reheat well ( I plan on making this a few hours before it’s served) or can I keep it warm in a crock pot without overcooking the greenbeans?

How many does this serve? It doesn’t say.

    Serves 4-6 🙂

      Do I need to drain the bacon grease before I add the mustard, sugar and garlic?

        Nope, the bacon grease gives these beans such incredible flavor! 🙂 If you do find that you have a LOT of extra grease you could drain part of it.

How long do you estimate it takes for the green beans to cook in the boiling process?

    About 15-18 minutes usually, for me. 🙂

I’d like to make this for Christmas. Can I prep them ahead of time, like the day before and just pop them in the oven to reheat?

made these for Christmas dinner. So delish!

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Thanks for the recipe..tried it today and I love it..quick and simple

Great dish! I love your recipes

Looks delicious i will try this but I’ll have to reduce all that sugar what is the least amount to add to keep it’s integrity?

    I haven’t made it with any less than what is written! I don’t feel as though it’s too much given how many servings you get out of it.

This recipe is amazing! Everyone raved about the green beans.

    Super excited that you all loved this recipe! It is my favorite holiday side dish!

How would you prepare using frozen green beans?

    I recommend using thawed if you’re going to do this!

Have you ever added worcheshire?

    I haven’t- but it could be yummy! I’d love to hear the result!

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My new favorite green bean recipe!

    Yesss! SO excited you enjoyed this recipe so much!

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