Bourbon Green Beans with Bacon (Skillet Green Beans)

Skillet Green Beans are an easy way to make some veggies for your meal. These Bourbon Green Beans with Bacon add some spice, flair, and beauty to any holiday table! It’s the ultimate Thanksgiving side dish that’s SO full of flavor, you’ll be blown away! 

Bourbon Green Beans with Bacon made in a skillet

Skillet Green Beans with Bacon

Bourbon Green Beans with Bacon are a savory, flavorful side dish perfect for the holidays. This skillet green beans recipe is just so simple!

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 holiday favorites, but it’s also fun to try out new things and new flavors. These Bourbon Green Beans with Bacon are fun, beautiful, EASY, and full of so much flavor. You definitely need to give them a try!

These simple skillet green beans have an element of spicy, salty, and sweet, running the full gamut of flavor! I want only the best for you guys, and this green beans recipe with bacon is just perfect.

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

Bourbon Green Beans with Bacon are the perfect savory side dish for the holidays or any time. This skillet green beans recipe is so easy to make too!


Skillet Green Beans recipe with bacon and bourbon

Bourbon Green Beans in a skillet

Skillet Green Beans Recipe

These Skillet Green Beans with Bacon really truly have all of my favorite flavors.

  • Bourbon (duh)
  • 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 and red pepper. They are perfectly spicy and sweet, what’s not to love?

And to make these Bourbon Green Beans even better, it’s all made in one skillet. That means ONE (count it…only one) pan to clean up after cooking. On holidays 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. No dishes please!

How to Make Bourbon Green Beans with Bacon

This Bourbon Green Beans recipe with bacon is sooooooo delicious, and super simple to make. That’s the perfect side dish equation, right? Get your veggies with a bit of bacon in one skillet.

How to make green beans in a skillet:

  1. Cut bacon into small pieces then cook them in the skillet until crisp. Set bacon aside and keep the grease in the skillet.
  2. Add onions to the skillet and saute, then add the garlic and cook about 30 seconds.
  3. Add in the green beans, salt & pepper, and red pepper flakes, and cook about 6-8 minutes.
  4. Pour in 1/4 cup water, cover skillet, and cook 2 minutes.
  5. Add in bourbon and brown sugar, and cook uncovered 4-5 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle in the bacon bits at the end before serving.

These skillet green beans with bacon are just so delicious. I love them for the holidays, but I’ll eat them any time of year! The flavors are just incredible.

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Bourbon Bacon Green Beans

Bourbon Green Beans with Bacon are a fun recipe to serve during the holidays. Swap out your classic green beans recipes for this one and you won’t be disappointed. The Bourbon and Bacon mix so perfectly, and add the best flavor to this skillet green beans recipe. I can’t wait for you to try them!

See the recipe card below for details on how to make Skillet Green Beans with Bacon. Enjoy!

If you like this skillet green beans recipe, try some other favorite veggie side dishes:

5 from 2 votes
Skillet Bourbon Green Beans with Bacon
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins

Skillet Green Beans are an easy way to make some veggies for your meal. These Bourbon Green Beans with Bacon add some spice, flair, and beauty to any holiday table! It's the ultimate Thanksgiving side dish that's SO full of flavor, you'll be blown away! 

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: green beans
Servings: 4
Calories: 199 kcal
Author: Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie
  • 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
  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!

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Nutrition Facts
Skillet Bourbon Green Beans with Bacon
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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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!
It really insist me to taste!so yummm!
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!
I want to If I add whiskey in place of bourbon the taste will be change???
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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