Slow Cooker Barbecued Green Beans

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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.

Slow Cooker Barbecued Green Beans

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 185kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Slow Cooker Barbecued Green Beans are sweet and tangy with lots of smoky bbq flavor.
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  • 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


  • Chop bacon and cook it in a large nonstick pan. Remove bacon and set aside.
  • Discard all but 2 tablespoons bacon grease. Add onion to bacon grease left in pan and cook until soft.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together ketchup, brown sugar, BBQ sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper.
  • Add green beans to a lightly greased 4 to 6 quart crock pot. 
  • Add onions along with any bacon grease left in pan to crock pot.
  • Pour ketchup mixture on top and stir in.
  • Sprinkle bacon on top. Cover crock pot and cook on LOW for 4 to 5 hours.


Calories: 185kcal

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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62 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Barbecued Green Beans

  1. I made this with fresh green beans and it took 1.5 hours on high. I may try 4 hours on low next time.

  2. I used Sweet Baby Ray’s “Sweet & Spicy” bbq sauce. Since it is definitely both very sweet and very spicy, I cut back slightly on the brown sugar and the peppers. Basically, though, I followed the recipe closely. It was not the sort of dish that normally appeals to me, but I thought it was delightfully different. And I can definitely see why many people would be crazy about it. That’s why I feel totally justified in awarding 5 stars. Not my personal taste, but still an excellent recipe.

    As much as I love bacon, the only small quibble I had was that 8 slices seemed to sort of overwhelm the green beans. Next time (and, yes, some family members loved it, so there will be a next time!), I think I’ll reduce that to 5 or 6 slices. And I love the idea of using different types of beans. Thank you, Anna M, for that excellent suggestion!!

  3. i have never left a comment before, but these beans r awesome. only im a diabetic so i took sugar sub, no sugar bbq sauce and sugar free k-up, and believe it or not… one could tell the diff unless i told then. makes a great keto side with pretty much NO carbs. i was getting pretty sick of plain green beans

  4. Does this recipe really only serve 8 people? If it uses 4 (14.5 oz) cans of beans, isn’t that about 12 people (I think a can serves about 3 people). I have 35 people coming for dinner so am just trying to figure out tripling or quadrupling the recipe (and hoping it fits in an 8 qt slowcooker 🙂 Thank you.

  5. Insanely delicious flavor — both savory and with a hint of spiciness. Modified recipe as follows: added a touch more cayenne, used Sweet Baby Ray’s as my BBQ sauce, and added 2-3 tablespoon’s of minced garlic. Paired with mashed potatoes carrots and steak or chicken, it would be a memorable meal! Taste: #9/10 Spiciness: #3/10. Bon Appetit!

  6. I made this for our family reunion in July. Doubled the recipe & came home with 1 small bowl left. It is easy & delicious. It will be my go to recipe for potlucks etc.
    Thank you.

  7. I made this for a picnic with friends, just yesterday. The recipe was easy and quick to put together in the morning. It cooked in the Crock-Pot while I was busy during the day. And when I got home to go to the picnic it smelled delicious! It was a real hit with my friends…I went home with an empty crock! Thanks so much for the recipe. Everyone loved it!

  8. Hello. Made this tonight and for the second time. I did add some onion powder and garlic powder to the ketchup mixture. Super delicious. Thank you.

    1. I think you could. Use the small red potatoes (new potatoes), cut them in half or quarters to make sure they cook through the first time and then you can adjust how you cut them, if at all next time. I was planning to do the same thing!

  9. If you use cut canned green beans and not French, do we still think it will take 4 hours? Seems like they would be slop by the end.

  10. I use three 10 ounce bags of Bird’s Eye Steam Fresh frozen cut green beans, thawed and drained. I also put a double layer of paper towels under the crock pot lid to prevent the condensation from diluting the sauce. It comes out great! My son has called me twice to make sure I’m making these again for Thanksgiving. Double batch this year!

  11. I was looking for a vegetable recipe that was gluten free for a Master Gardener carry-in. This sounds perfect!!!!!

  12. The recipe did not specify to drain and I didn’t, I still to me were good, but I don’t think I got the true flavor of how they should be. For people who are in a hurry when doing them, adding out beside the ingredients, drained, would be awesome!!! Will definitely try them again the correct way!!! Thank you!!!

  13. I love this recipe, I’ve made it several times. The only thing I do differently is I use different types of green beans. I use one can of plain green beans, 1 can of shelly beans, 1 French cut, and 1 Italian cut. I just like that this gives it a different texture 😀

  14. Thank you for this recipe! It is a huge hit every time I make it and I can’t stop craving it. I don’t make any adjustments as it is perfect for us! I recommend this year round side to anyone looking to try something new that will have people talking!

  15. This look great! I’m thinking about adding baked beans along with everything else, do you think that would work?

  16. 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?

  17. 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!!

  18. 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

      1. I am so excited to make these, however, I too would like to use fresh French green beans. Any ideas on cooking adjustment times? I too plan to add celery, bell peppers, a bit of jalapeño and possibly BBQ beans…… too much? Thoughts plz

  19. 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!

  20. 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.

  21. 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

  22. 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?

    1. OMG I’m making this for a group of campers this Saturday and I had your same question about to drain or not to drain 🙂 thank you

  23. 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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