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Rattlesnake green beans with bacon in red pot and antique spoon
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Easy Fresh Green Beans with Bacon

You know its summer in the South when there's Fresh Green Beans with Bacon cooking on the stove. Straight from the garden is hands down the best way to serve them up. It's simple and easy to cook green beans Southern style.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Kathleen Phillips | GritsAndGouda.com
Cost: 5


  • 2 pounds fresh green beans
  • 5 to 6 slices smoked bacon
  • 4 cups chicken broth (32-oz carton)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or garlic salt and omit garlic powder)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder or 1 clove garlic, minced


  • Stack the bacon on top of each other, three at time, and cut crosswise into slices. Cook in a 6 to 8 quart Dutch oven or cooking pot over medium heat about 8 minutes, stirring often, until crisp.
  • Drain the bacon pieces on paper towels. I like to keep 1 tablespoon bacon drippings in the pot to cook with the green beans. Reserve about one-third of the bacon pieces to sprinkle on top of the cooked beans and leave the rest in the pot. (You can also skip this step and just toss the raw bacon into the bean pot.)
  • Wash green beans, then snap or cut them into about 1 1/2-inch pieces. This is a personal
    preference. If your Grandma always snapped them into smaller or larger pieces, they will
    taste just the same!
    Rattlesnake green beans with bacon in red pot and antique spoon
  • Combine green beans and chicken broth in the pot. Add just enough water to cover
    if the chicken broth doesn’t cover your beans. Add salt, pepper and two-thirds of the
    cooked bacon (or raw bacon). ( I hold back a little bacon to sprinkle on the top.)
    Cover with the lid and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer about 30 minutes or until
    the beans are as tender as you like them. Sprinkle with reserved cooked bacon before


I like to hold back a little bacon to sprinkle on the top but feel free to add it all to the green beans while cooking.
Instant Pot Method to cook Fresh Green Beans:
Cook bacon in the Instant Pot insert on Saute mode about 8 minutes or until crispy. Add remaining ingredients; add lid and seal. Pressure Cook on HIGH pressure for 6 minutes (7 to 8 minutes if you like them extra tender like Grandma used to make them). Natural Release for 10 minutes. Carefully Quick release and serve.