If you’re looking for an easy, flavorful side dish to get you through summer, these barbecue green beans are for you. Fresh green beans are one of the ultimate summer veggies, since they’re in season from May through September, so it’s no wonder we like to use them as much as possible in our summer cooking routine. That being said, no one wants to turn on the oven to whip up a heavy casserole in the middle of July, so we skipped the oven completely and only use our stove top (briefly) and slow cooker for this yummy dish.
Now you’re more than welcome to use store-bought BBQ sauce and leave it at that, but we’ve found that it’s SUPER easy to amp up one of your typical grocery store varieties with just a couple pantry staples. Seriously, the difference in flavor is huge, plus, you can have everyone thinking you whipped out a treasured, passed-down family BBQ recipe.
Once you’ve spruced up your sauce, dump your beans and bacon into your slow cooker, then stir everything together and you’re all set! The result is a smoky, saucy dish that you can easily get cooking early in the afternoon and then forget about while you’re outside soaking up the sun (- hopefully with a nice cold beer or other frosty beverage to boot).
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