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BBQ Green Beans: A Flavorful Twist on a Classic Side Dish

Hey there, BBQ lovers! Welcome back to Smokin and Grillin wit AB, your go-to spot for all things delicious and smoky. Today, I’ve got a recipe that’s going to elevate your BBQ game to a whole new level – BBQ Green Beans. Imagine tender green beans bathed in a rich, smoky sauce with crispy bacon and caramelized onions. It’s the perfect side dish that’s going to have everyone at your next cookout begging for the recipe. Ready to dive in? Let’s get started!

BBQ Green Beans are not just another side dish; they’re a showstopper. They offer a unique blend of flavors – sweet, smoky, and savory – that perfectly complement any grilled meat. Plus, they’re incredibly easy to prepare and can be made in advance, making them a stress-free addition to your BBQ menu. Whether you’re hosting a big family gathering or a small backyard cookout, these green beans are guaranteed to be a hit.

Ingredients

  • 2 cans cut green beans, drained
  • 1/4 cup onion, diced
  • 5-6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

Step-by-Step Guide to Preparing BBQ Green Beans

  1. Preheat the Oven: Start by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Prepare the Green Beans: Place the drained green beans in the bottom of a casserole dish and set them aside.
  3. Cook the Bacon and Onion: In a skillet, cook the diced onion and chopped bacon over medium-high heat until the bacon is crisp. Make sure to stir occasionally to prevent burning. Once the bacon is crisp, drain most of the fat from the skillet.
  4. Make the Sauce: Stir in the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar into the skillet with the bacon and onions. Simmer the mixture for an additional 2-3 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  5. Combine and Bake: Pour the sauce over the green beans in the casserole dish. Gently mix to ensure the green beans are evenly coated with the sauce. Place the casserole dish in the preheated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, until the green beans are heated through and the sauce is bubbly.
  6. Serve and Enjoy: Remove the dish from the oven and let it cool slightly before serving. Enjoy your delicious BBQ Green Beans alongside your favorite BBQ dishes!

Expert Tips and Tricks

  • Drain the Fat: Make sure to drain most of the bacon fat after cooking to prevent the dish from becoming too greasy.
  • Mix Gently: When mixing the sauce with the green beans, do it gently to avoid breaking the beans.
  • Adjust Sweetness: If you prefer a less sweet dish, reduce the amount of brown sugar to 2 tablespoons.
  • Spice it Up: Add a dash of hot sauce or red pepper flakes for a spicy kick.
  • Use Fresh Green Beans: For a fresher taste, use fresh green beans instead of canned. Blanch them in boiling water for 2-3 minutes before using.

Variations

  1. Spicy BBQ Green Beans: Add 1-2 tablespoons of your favorite hot sauce or a pinch of red pepper flakes to the sauce.
  2. Cheesy BBQ Green Beans: Sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese on top of the green beans before baking.
  3. Garlic BBQ Green Beans: Add 2-3 minced garlic cloves to the skillet when cooking the bacon and onions.
  4. Smoky BBQ Green Beans: Use smoked bacon and add a dash of liquid smoke to the sauce.
  5. Maple BBQ Green Beans: Replace the brown sugar with maple syrup for a different kind of sweetness.
  6. Honey BBQ Green Beans: Substitute honey for brown sugar for a richer, deeper sweetness.
  7. Vegetarian BBQ Green Beans: Omit the bacon and use a tablespoon of olive oil to sauté the onions. Add a teaspoon of smoked paprika for a smoky flavor.
  8. Bourbon BBQ Green Beans: Add a splash of bourbon to the sauce for a rich, complex flavor.
  9. Herbed BBQ Green Beans: Sprinkle chopped fresh herbs like parsley, thyme, or rosemary over the green beans before baking.
  10. Asian-Inspired BBQ Green Beans: Add a tablespoon of soy sauce and a teaspoon of sesame oil to the sauce for an Asian twist.

What to Serve With BBQ Green Beans

  1. Grilled Chicken: The smoky flavor of BBQ green beans pairs perfectly with juicy grilled chicken.
  2. Ribs: Sticky, tender ribs and BBQ green beans are a match made in heaven.
  3. Pulled Pork: Add a side of BBQ green beans to your pulled pork sandwiches for a complete BBQ feast.
  4. Steak: A juicy steak alongside BBQ green beans is a classic combination.
  5. Grilled Sausages: The savory taste of grilled sausages complements the sweetness of the green beans.
  6. Burgers: Serve BBQ green beans as a side to your favorite burgers.
  7. BBQ Tofu: For a vegetarian option, pair the green beans with BBQ tofu.
  8. Baked Beans: Double up on the beans with BBQ green beans and traditional baked beans.
  9. Cornbread: A slice of cornbread makes the perfect accompaniment to BBQ green beans.
  10. Coleslaw: The freshness of coleslaw balances the richness of the BBQ green beans.

Storage Tips

  • Refrigeration: Store the cooked BBQ green beans in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat in the oven at 350°F or in the microwave until heated through.
  • Freezing: You can freeze BBQ green beans in a freezer-safe container for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.
  • Make-Ahead: You can prepare the dish up to the baking step and store it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. When ready to serve, bake as directed.

How Much BBQ Green Beans Should I Make for Family Gatherings?

For family gatherings, plan on each person eating about 1/2 cup to 1 cup of BBQ green beans. Here’s a rough guide to help you plan:

  • Small Gathering (4-6 people): 2 cans of green beans (as per the recipe) should suffice.
  • Medium Gathering (10-12 people): Double the recipe, using 4 cans of green beans.
  • Large Gathering (20-24 people): Triple the recipe, using 6 cans of green beans.

Additional Tips

  • Choosing Green Beans: For the best results, use fresh or high-quality canned green beans. If using fresh, trim the ends and blanch them briefly in boiling water before adding to the dish.
  • Consistency: If you prefer a thicker sauce, simmer the sauce for an additional 5 minutes to reduce it slightly before pouring over the green beans.
  • Balancing Flavors: Taste the sauce before adding it to the green beans. Adjust the seasoning with salt, pepper, or more Worcestershire sauce to suit your preference.

BBQ Green Beans: A Flavorful Twist on a Classic Side Dish

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 30 minutesCook time: 40 minutesRest time: 40 minutesTotal time: minutesServings:4 servingsCalories:300 kcal Best Season:Summer

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Start by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Place the drained green beans in the bottom of a casserole dish and set them aside.
  3. In a skillet, cook the diced onion and chopped bacon over medium-high heat until the bacon is crisp. Make sure to stir occasionally to prevent burning. Once the bacon is crisp, drain most of the fat from the skillet.
  4. Stir in the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar into the skillet with the bacon and onions. Simmer the mixture for an additional 2-3 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  5. Pour the sauce over the green beans in the casserole dish. Gently mix to ensure the green beans are evenly coated with the sauce. Place the casserole dish in the preheated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, until the green beans are heated through and the sauce is bubbly.
  6. Remove the dish from the oven and let it cool slightly before serving. Enjoy your delicious BBQ Green Beans alongside your favorite BBQ dishes!
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