Slow Cooker Barbecued Green Beans

Slow Cooker Barbecued Green Beans are sweet and tangy with lots of smoky bbq flavor. Made from canned beans, they are a cinch to make and are a great side dish for potlucks and family meals. They are kind of like the flavor of baked beans, only with green beans. What’s not to love about that?

Slow Cooker Barbecued Green Beans

I love the flavor of bbq sauce. It is like ketchup to me. I even use it as pizza sauce. It’s definitely a good complement for green beans.

I find recipes featuring green beans are very popular. Southern-Style Green Beans and Sweet and Sour Green Beans are two of the most popular recipes on Spicy Southern Kitchen. As much as I love both recipes, I think this Slow Cooker Barbecued Green Beans recipe is my favorite. It’s almost like green bean candy.

BBQ Green Beans cooked in the slow cooker.


The canned green beans are slow cooked with ketchup, brown sugar, BBQ sauce (use your favorite) and Worcestershire sauce. And bacon. Lots of bacon. I like to add just a touch of cayenne pepper to balance the sweetness some.

Four to five hours in the crock pot on LOW and the green beans are coated in the most amazing sweet and tangy flavor!

BBQ Green Beans slow cooked with lots of bacon.


Barbecued Green Beans cooked in a crock pot.

5 from 8 votes
Slow Cooker Barbecued Green Beans
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 10 mins

Slow Cooker Barbecued Green Beans are sweet and tangy with lots of smoky bbq flavor.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Servings: 8
Calories: 185 kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
  • 8 slices thick-cut bacon
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 (14.5-ounce) cans green beans, drained
  1. Chop bacon and cook it in a large nonstick pan. Remove bacon and set aside.

  2. Discard all but 2 tablespoons bacon grease. Add onion to bacon grease left in pan and cook until soft.

  3. In a medium bowl, stir together ketchup, brown sugar, BBQ sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper.

  4. Add green beans to a lightly greased 4 to 6 quart crock pot. 

  5. Add onions along with any bacon grease left in pan to crock pot.

  6. Pour ketchup mixture on top and stir in.

  7. Sprinkle bacon on top. Cover crock pot and cook on LOW for 4 to 5 hours.

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Barbecued Green Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 185
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

More Green Bean Recipes

Sweet and Sour Green Beans with lots of bacon and onions.

Sweet and Sour Green Beans

Southern-Style Green Beans

Southern-Style Green Beans

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24 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Barbecued Green Beans

  1. I’m using sweet baby rays hickory and town sugar bbq sauce, should I cut out the brown sugar since the sauce has it in there?

  2. Hi was wondering if u can make this the night before for a dinner the following day at 2pm Or should I partially make this by making bacon tonight and do rest in the early am? What’s your thoughts not a lot of time in the am? Thank u!!

  3. Delicious!!!Hi, Thanks for this delicious green bean recipe. My husband just brought me a crockpot. I’m 33 yrs old and we will be celebrating our 14 yr anniversary on Dec 14. n he said it was time for me a crockpot. I also added a tbsp. each of bellpepper and celery. I cooked the barbecue green beans Sunday with homemade yeast rolls, meatloaf, and mashed potatoes. I highly recommend everyone to try this recipe

  4. These were so dang good, and such a nice change in flavor. So easy too! These are one of my new favorite ways to prepare green beans. I love it so much and it went so well with the meal I prepared for a Sunday dinner, that I’m mentioning and linking to it over on my blog. Thank you so much for this recipe. Everyone loved them!

  5. I made this dish for my family reunion yesterday. Everyone loved it! Does anyone know how to cut the portions, say for one can of green beans? There are just the two of us, and this recipe is too large for us.

  6. I’m going to do this recipe hope I like them to add to my Thanksgiving menu. Always looking for new exciting recipes to try send me something my Pint rest friends

  7. This recipes sounds delicious! I would like to use fresh green beans instead of canned. Do I need to adjust the recipe or cooking time?

  8. Man these sound yummy, but have recently found green beans from Delray Beach Florida, they are the best ever, always so tender and if you steam them for a 15 mins they are perfect. This sounds so good but think these may be like much. Have to think about how to alter the receipt, made them before with bacon but not with the sugar, and other ingredients.

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