Skillet Bourbon Bacon Green Beans

These SKILLET BOURBON BACON GREEN BEANS add some spice, flair, and beauty to any holiday table! The ultimate Thanksgiving side dish SO full of flavor, you’ll be blown away! 

These SKILLET BOURBON BACON GREEN BEANS add some spice, flair, and beauty to any holiday table! The ultimate Thanksgiving side dish SO full of flavor, you'll be blown away!

Every single Thanksgiving table needs a good green bean recipe. Don’t even try to fight me on this, it’s just a MUST! Everyone has their favorite, but its also fun to new out new things and new flavors. These Skillet Bourbon Bacon Green Beans are fun, beautiful, EASY, and full of so much flavor, I sure hope you give them a try! There’s an element of spicy, salty, sweet, I mean only the best for you guys!

Mom came over and helped me formulate this recipe after I had the idea of using bourbon, and they turned out awesome! We kept reaching in and “sampling” and before we knew it we had eaten almost the entire skillet as a mid-day snack. They’ll be making an appearance at our Thanksgiving this year for sure!

These SKILLET BOURBON BACON GREEN BEANS add some spice, flair, and beauty to any holiday table! The ultimate Thanksgiving side dish SO full of flavor, you'll be blown away!

These SKILLET BOURBON BACON GREEN BEANS add some spice, flair, and beauty to any holiday table! The ultimate Thanksgiving side dish SO full of flavor, you'll be blown away!

These Skillet Bourbon Bacon Green Beans really truly have all my favorite flavors. Bourbon (duh), BACON, salt, brown sugar, onions. All the best for you! We made them a little spicy with some red pepper flakes, and I loved the flavor combo of the brown sugar/red pepper. Spicy and sweet, what’s not to love!

And to make it even better, it’s all made in one skillet. That means ONE (count it…only 1) pan to clean up! On holiday’s like Thanksgiving and Christmas the LAST thing I want to do is worry about a bunch of dishes. No thank you. I want to enjoy my food, enjoy my friends and family, and then enjoy my post turkey nap. YES PLEASE.

These SKILLET BOURBON BACON GREEN BEANS add some spice, flair, and beauty to any holiday table! The ultimate Thanksgiving side dish SO full of flavor, you'll be blown away!

Skillet Bourbon Bacon Green Beans

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: green beans
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 199 kcal
Author: Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie

These SKILLET BOURBON BACON GREEN BEANS add some spice, flair, and beauty to any holiday table! The ultimate Thanksgiving side dish SO full of flavor, you'll be blown away! 

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Ingredients

  • 4 strips bacon diced and cooked until crispy
  • 1 medium sweet yellow onion diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 pound green beans cleaned and ends trimmed
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes or to taste
  • ¼ cup water
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Cut bacon into ½” pieces, then place in 12-inch skillet and cook until crisp, but not burned. Remove from bacon grease (save grease) and set aside bacon to use as garnish.
  2. Add onion to bacon grease and sauté until onion is translucent. Add minced garlic, and cook just until garlic blooms (softens and releases it’s oil) approximately 15-30 seconds.
  3. Add green beans, pepper, salt and red pepper flakes then cook until the beans begin to show brown spots, 6-8 minutes over medium heat.
  4. Add water, cover and cook 2 minutes. Beans should still be bright green and crisp.
  5. Add bourbon and brown sugar and cook 4-5 minutes, uncovered, until beans are barely crisp. Stir often.
  6. Taste the beans and add salt, if needed.
  7. Sprinkle beans with crisped bacon and serve.
  8. ENJOY!
Nutrition Facts
Skillet Bourbon Bacon Green Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 199 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 738mg 31%
Potassium 334mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 19g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 13g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 15.7%
Vitamin C 19.5%
Calcium 5.6%
Iron 7.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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Judy
What can u use instead of bourbon?
    Becky Hardin
    The flavor of bourbon really compliments the bacon and beans, but you could use whiskey if you'd like. Or you can skip it all together and use a bit of chicken broth. Enjoy!
Lexi | Sempre Dolce
I love the flavors you incorporated in this recipe - these look positively delicious!
Edgar
It really insist me to taste!so yummm!
Sam
How would you recommend reheating these for the best taste? I want to bring them to a Christmas party and would need to make ahead. Thanks.
    Becky Hardin
    That's a good question! You should be able to heat on the stovetop until just heated through. Hope they're a big success!
Aget
I want to If I add whiskey in place of bourbon the taste will be change???
Sarah
Instead of the fresh green beans (I know they are the best to use) can I use frozen and thaw them ahead of time? I have 2 different green bean side dishes for thanksgiving,but I'd like to be able to get the stuff now
    Becky Hardin
    You could use frozen and still do the mix ins you just wouldn't need to cook as long as they would probably already be cooked. Just check the bag. But they'd still be tasty with the extra flavors! Hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving!
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