Cracker Barrel the Old Country Store Green Beans

No one cooks up a home cooked meal like the Cracker Barrel the Old Country Store. The green beans are a side dish not to be missed. These beans have a wonderful smokey flavor with the bacon. Every time I go and order these green beans I am instantly transformed into my Grandmother’s kitchen at a Sunday dinner.

Cracker Barrel the Old Country Store Green Beans

Cracker Barrel the Old Country Store Green Beans

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Cracker Barrel the Old Country Store Green Beans

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  • Recipe Type: Side Dish Recipes, CopyKat recipes, CopyKat Restaurant Recipes
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 45 minutes
  • Serves: 8
Cracker Barrel the Old Country Store Green Beans

These have a wonderful flavor and make a great side for any family meal!


  • 1/4 pound sliced bacon
  • 3 cans (14 and 1/2 oz.) whole green beans--do not drain liquid
  • 1/4 of a medium sized onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper


In a two quart sauce pan on medium heat, cook bacon until lightly brown but not crisp. When bacon has browned, add green beans. Add salt, sugar, and pepper and mix well. Place onion on top of green beans; cover with a lid and bring to a light boil. Turn heat down to low and simmer beans for 45 minutes.

Cooking the green beans for 45 minutes on a very low simmer will blend the flavors. I must say, we love a variety of vegetables at every meal, but green beans can be on my plate several times a week.

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  • Stephanie

    Have you ever done this in the crockpot? I work 8-5 and don’t have the time to make the beans right before dinner. :( I was thinking cooking the bacon on the stove and then adding it all to the crockpot.

  • pat evans

    Sounds great.. do you leave the bacon in the green beans or remove it after cooking?

  • Sharon

    I love these from Crackle Barrel…how many slices of bacon is 1/4 pound?

    • Stephanie

      Is your bacon thick cut or thin cut?

    • stephaniemanley

      Is the bacon thick or thin sliced? It depends on the thickness of the bacon. If your package of bacon is 12 ounces, it is about 1/3 of the package of bacon.

  • Jill

    Would fresh green beans work?

    • stephaniemanley

      You can use them, you will need to cook them a little longer.

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  • Lindsbillinger

    i added the onions while frying the bacon and added more salt and pepper than what it calls for. Other than that, it was great, just like my grandma used to make!

  • Anonymous

    I used the bacon grease in the beans.

  • Louise

    Do you use the bacon grease or discard it after the bacon is cooked?

  • Shannon

    Do you chop the onion up or just put the whole chunk of onion in the beans?

    • Stephanie

      This onion piece should be chopped.

  • Elena

    I made two huge pans of this fantastic recipe for a big Christmas dinner at my sister-in-law’s house today. My kitchen smelled JUST LIKE Cracker Barrel while the beans were cooking and they tasted identical. So easy and so good, I will never make green beans any other way again!