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burbon green beans and bacon in skillet with wooden spoon

Skillet Bourbon Green Beans with Bacon

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 199kcal
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! 
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  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Add water, cover and cook 2 minutes. Beans should still be bright green and crisp.
  • Add bourbon and brown sugar and cook 4-5 minutes, uncovered, until beans are barely crisp. Stir often.
  • Taste the beans and add salt, if needed.
  • Sprinkle beans with crisped bacon and serve.
  • ENJOY!


Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 738mg | Potassium: 334mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 785IU | Vitamin C: 16.1mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 1.4mg