AD Grandma’s Southern Green Beans with Candied Bacon

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Southern Green Beans with Candied Bacon

BBQ’s and Cookouts are great, but everyone knows that the best thing about these gatherings are the sides.  I love a good side dish, I mean let’s be real here you can only put so much meat on your plate before it becomes a bit much. One of my favorite side dishes at our family get together’s would be my Grandmothers green beans. They weren’t just any green beans as they were made with special ingredients, you know like a whole lotta love and everyone’s favorite ingredient bacon.  

This year for the fourth of July we’re headed to Maryland to visit my best friend and her family. Of course, I immediately began to think about what I could bring. I wanted to bring a side dish that would leave everyone raving, but I also wanted to bring a meat as well. I finally decided to try my hand at my Grandma’s Southern Green Beans with Candied Bacon and accompany it with some good ol’ fried chicken.

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I don’t like to fry food in my home as I really am trying to promote more of a healthy lifestyle. Thanks to Walmart now all I have to do is show up, pick up, and check out. Walmart makes crispy fried chicken the whole family will love and it’s easily located in the deli section. The great thing about picking up crispy fried chicken from Walmart is you can get as many pieces as you want. If you’re planning to attend a BBQ you can even call ahead and make special orders for large quantities. When I show up with a bucket of Fried Chicken my friends will probably be shocked, but hey I’m all about great food and convience.

Of course, before I bring a dish to my  friends house for the 4th of July I have to try it out on my husband so I tried my best to recreate my grandmother’s Southern Green Beans with Candied Bacon recipe from memory. To make it a full meal I picked up an 8 piece tray of the Walmart Crispy Fried Chicken and made some other sides. 

The final verdict was the green beans were amazing and paired excellent with the fried chicken.Be sure to head over to your local Walmart and pick up some Crispy Fried Chicken for your next event. In the comments let me know what your favorite side dish is at your 4th of July BBQ get together.

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Grandma's Southern Green Beans with Candied Bacon
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A southern recipe that's filled with love and everyone's favorite ingredient.. bacon.
  • Fresh Green Beans
  • Cinnamon
  • Brown Sugar
  • Bacon
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Trim and wash the green beans and pat dry. Be sure to remove excess water as you'll be tossing the green beans with bacon fat.
  3. Set the green beans aside and mix together cinnamon and brown sugar. The amount you need will be dependent on the amount of bacon you're cooking.
  4. Chop the bacon into small bits and toss in the cinnamon and brown sugar mixture.
  5. Cook the bacon on low mixing frequently.
  6. The bacon will begin to caramelize quickly but keep stirring to keep them from forming clumps.
  7. After the bacon has cooked, pour off the bacon fat and save it.
  8. Allow the bacon fat to cool slightly then toss with the green beans.
  9. Place in oven and allow to cook until desired doneness.
  10. Crumble the caramelised bacon atop the green beans and serve warm.



  1. June 27, 2015 / 12:32 pm

    I have tried and tried to make the perfect green bean. I wanted to follow my mother’s recipe but something was still a bit off. You’d wouldn’t believe that had a similar version of this recipe when I was in Malaysia in December. The beans and bacon were grilled to perfection with a nice hint of sweetness.

  2. June 27, 2015 / 3:04 pm

    What a great recipe. We love green beans in every way. Bacon makes everything better, seriously!

  3. June 28, 2015 / 8:19 am

    That looks really tasty! I’ve never had anything like it. I think my kids would love this recipe.

  4. June 28, 2015 / 1:00 pm

    I had no idea that Walmart had fried chicken options like this. What a great way to spice up a side dish to pair up with the chicken. I think my husband would love this side dish.

  5. June 28, 2015 / 2:05 pm

    I’ve been in love with bacon ever since I was a kid. I don’t know, but there’s something about bacon that makes everything taste good. I am not a fan of green beans, but I am certain that the candied bacon made them taste better.

  6. June 28, 2015 / 2:07 pm

    This looks so delicious! I have never had candied bacon but man does it ever sound delicious! This sounds like the perfect dish to try out, my husband would love it! Thanks for sharing:)

  7. June 28, 2015 / 6:17 pm

    Those look really good! I love how the south makes every recipe more interesting. I think I was born in the wrong half of the country, southern cooking is definitely more appealing to me! My mom loves green beans, I will share this with her!

  8. June 28, 2015 / 8:50 pm

    I’m drooling reading this! I love green beans, and this sounds absolutely amazing! I will definitely be putting it on the menu soon!

  9. June 28, 2015 / 8:59 pm

    Now this is my kind of green beans! Of course you can’t go wrong with bacon. Grandma’s Southern Green Beans with Candied Bacon is one that I will be making soon. Thanks so much for the recipe.

  10. June 28, 2015 / 10:56 pm

    You had me at bacon. This looks great, and even though my grandma didn’t make it I am definitely up for trying it. I think I should make this for my husband next weekend. It looks delicious!

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