Recipe: Crock Pot Barbecue Green Beans

Recipes / Friday, March 15th, 2019

Did you know that I have an award winning recipe? I do!

When I worked at my corporate office job several years ago, the company did a company picnic type of thing. They asked everyone who wanted to participate to bring in a side dish and there would be judges who would hand out awards to everyone’s favorite dish. Well, I won. My award was a $25 Simon Mall gift certificate! My husband still jokes about me being an award winning chef, and I frequently remind him of my title when one of my dinners doesn’t come out right!

This recipe was actually inspired by an early summer cookout we were having with our friends. By this point I had had green bean casserole a few too many times after the holidays, so I was dying to try something new. I wanted to be able to heat the green beans in the crock pot so I could focus on other dishes I was making, so I started searching the pantry for a liquid that I could cook it in. Barbecue sauce was the winner. I mean, they always have green beans at the barbecue restaurants, right? For some reason it worked. Like, REALLY worked. Everyone went crazy over these barbecue green beans (which actually sounded kind of gnarly to me at the time, so I was for sure thinking they would be a fail, but hey, they’re green beans, so no one would really care much, right?), including my husband. He is actually who told me I should enter them in the company side dish contest, and he is the one who requests them every so often.

I don’t make the barbecue green beans much anymore, but my husband’s recent request actually reminded me about them and decided to share them with all of you. I mean, it’s not every day an award winning recipe gets shared with you, right?! 😉 Now, the trick to this recipe (trust me, I’ve learned the hard way) is that you have to use the exact brands/types of products in the recipe. The specific barbecue sauce and type of green beans are what makes this strange concoction work, so don’t stray or you won’t be happy with the outcome.






Heather's Award Winning Barbecue Green Beans

These green beans are a nice change of pace from grandma's green bean casserole. Cooked solely in the crock pot, these green beans are not only tasty, but easy to make.

Course Side Dish
Keyword barbecue green beans
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Author Heather- Suburban Boy Mom


  • 3 14.5 oz cans Del Monte Cut Green Beans
  • 9 oz Open Pit Barbecue Sauce (Original) I use 1/2 of an 18 oz bottle
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 1 clove Minced Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Onion Flakes
  • 4-5 pieces Bacon, cooked


  1. Cook bacon to desired crispiness. 

  2. Mince garlic clove (or you can also use the bottled minced garlic).

  3. Combine green beans, barbecue sauce, pepper, garlic, onion flakes and bacon in Crock Pot. Stir well.

  4. Cook on low 4 hours, or on high 1-2 hours. If you cook on high, be sure to stir well every 20 minutes or it will burn onto the pot.