In a green bean rut? I’ve been there.
You know, I love fresh green beans and I probably eat them once a week. But they can lack a little bit in the personality department. Yeah, sometimes around the holidays we can tszuj them up a little with mushrooms and crispy onions. But I usually keep it simple; steaming them with a little butter and salt. While fresh and light has it’s place; don’t you sometimes want a bolder flavor that will punch you in the face?
Well this is THAT recipe! Fresh, seasonal green beans are smothered in a home made BBQ sauce which is made even more flavorful with chunks of sweet candy onions and thick cut bacon.
You can certainly make this with any green beans, but fresh is so good.
Butler’s Orchard in Germantown, Maryland, is my favorite farm market for so many reasons. It’s about 10 minutes from me, so I can go there just about every day to see what’s new. One thing I can count on year after year are these sweet candy onions. Vidalias are good; but these are so much better. They are the only onions (other than purple onions or shallots) that I can actually eat raw.
Next I whipped up a quick little BBQ sauce. Sweet and tangy. I like using molasses or honey as a sweetener. But since I would be adding bacon, I decided to use MAPLE SYRUP! Whole grain mustard gives it a little kick, too!
I like to use big chunks of thick cut bacon. And I keep the onions cut into big chunks, too. (God bless my Vidalia Chop Wizzard!). Once the onions and bacon are browned, it’s time to add the sauce!
This is where it starts to get good . . . . . really, really good.
Now this is ready to pour over your fresh green beans. I actually like to put the beans in a BIG bowl, pour the sauce over them, and toss it a bit before placing them in a casserole dish. I feel like all of the beans get coated well this way, and the bacon and the onions get distributed more evenly.
A half an hour in the oven and you have a great side dish ready to wow your family and friends.
Though I have to tell you, that I love a big plate of these as a snack when I am watching tv!
And there’s just one more thing I want to share. The reason why I love using fresh, green beans is because even though this dish goes in the oven for a half an hour, the beans remain crisp & crunchy! (Which is why I love to eat them with my fingers as a snack).
Fresh, crunchy, sweet, tart, tangy, smoky, chewy, juicy. Green beans aren’t so boring after all!
“Don’t compare yourself with anyone in this world . . . if you do so, you are insulting yourself.” Bill Gates
- 2 pounds of fresh green beans, washed and trimmed
- 6 slices of thick cut bacon, chopped into thick chunks
- 1 medium candy onion chopped into large chunks, about 1 cup
- ½ cup of ketchup
- ¼ cup of packed light brown sugar
- ¼ cup of maple syrup
- 3 Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tablespoon of whole grain mustard
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- pepper to taste
- Saute the bacon and onion chunks in a large pan over medium heat until they brown, about 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, mix up the rest of the sauce.
- In a medium bowl, place the ketchup, brown sugar, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and garlic.
- Stir to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings.
- Carefully drain any excess oil from the pan with the bacon and onions.
- Add the bbq sauce and stir to combine.
- Place the green beans in a large bowl. Pour the sauce over the beans and toss gently to combine.
- Place the green beans in a casserole dish.
- Cook in a 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes.
- NOTE: I did not add salt to the recipe because I felt the bacon contributed enough salt to the sauce.
Keep it in the community and support your local farmers!