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Slow Cooker Barbecued Green Beans

Slow Cooker Barbecued Green Beans are sweet and tangy bbq green beans 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

BBQ 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.

How To Make Canned Green Beans Taste Homemade

This recipe turns canned green beans into a side dish that tastes homemade. With a bunch of extra flavors added, no one will guess you started with canned beans. Be sure to try these other canned green bean recipes: Rotel Green Beans and Candied Green Beans.

How To Make

(More detailed instructions below.)

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.

Can I Use Fresh Or Frozen Beans?

Yes! If using fresh, either blanch them before adding them to the slow cooker or cook them a little longer in the slow cooker. If using frozen, thaw them first.

More Slow Cooker Side Dishes

Barbecued Green Beans cooked in a crock pot.

Slow Cooker Barbecued Green Beans

Slow Cooker Barbecued Green Beans

Slow Cooker Barbecued Green Beans are sweet and tangy with lots of smoky bbq flavor.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 4 hours
TOTAL: 4 hours 10 minutes



  • 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
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: canned green beans, slow cooker

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84 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Barbecued Green Beans”

  1. This looks really delicious and I would love to try this. I would substitute the sugar laden ingredients though for sugar-free as I follow Keto. I have a question can you use fresh green beans from the produce section in your supermarket in this recipe? I’m not really a fan of canned beans.

    1. These are easy and so delicious! I follow the recipe exactly and they come out delicious everytime. Don’t be fooled-it makes a lot but they are so good everyone will come back for seconds!!

  2. I have made this twice now and because I am a diabetic I exchanged the brown sugar and the bbq sauce for sugar free and the family loved it

  3. Very good! I baked mine alongside our dinner and was a bit heavy-handed with the cayenne — but will make again in the slow cooker as directed.

  4. Beverly Short

    Fantastic green beans. I followed the recipe exactly as written and turned out great. This would be great for a large family meal or family reunion it makes quite a bit.

  5. Delicious recipe. I used Cajun flavored bacon from our local butcher shop. Add an extra kick to it without being too spicy. Looking forward to adding this to our family gatherings menu. Will be perfect with Smoked BB Ribs.

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      yes, you can use fresh green beans. Either blanch them first to get them a little cooked or cook them for longer in the slow cooker.

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