Total Time
24hrs 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 24 hrs

This is the traditional way to make Southern green beans. I make these in the summer when green beans are plentiful. Very easy and they smell sooo good while they are cooking!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 lbs fresh green beans, trimmed and snapped into 1-inch pieces
  • 5 slices bacon, cut into small pieces (or one smoked ham hock)
  • salt and pepper (be careful though not to over salt though as the bacon makes them salty enough)
  • 12 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 13 cups water


  1. Combine ingredients in large saucepan.
  2. Cover and simmer for about 1 hour.


Most Helpful

this worked out really well! sometimes the simple way is the best. It put my fresh green beans in the comfort food category. i sprinkled real bacon bits on top to finish. family loved it.

allison_marie January 24, 2010

These are sooooo good. I added one teaspoon of sugar (just a personal preference) and some little new potatoes. These were so good with a slice of cornbread dripping with butter. Made me feel like I was back at my grandmother's table. Thanks for the recipe.

Julie in TX February 18, 2005

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