Cracker Barrel Green Beans

Cracker Barrel Green Beans are an irresistible side dish you can recreate at home. 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.

Homemade Cracker Barrel Green Beans in a serving dish

One reason so many of us go to Cracker Barrel is their hashbrown casserole, but they are also known for the huge variety of side dishes. They serve over 10 different side dishes for you to enjoy.

Unlike some restaurants, all of their food is made fresh in their kitchen. This is one of the places so many of us go when we want to recreate the experience of a sit-down family dinner or a dinner that our Grandparents would serve.

Who doesn’t love the classic side dish of green beans? Cracker Barrel is known for its flavorful green beans that are seasoned with bacon and onions.

This is an easy and flavorful side dish you can make at home.  It requires so few ingredients that it is an inexpensive dish for you to make.


Simple ingredients are all you need to recreate this side dish Cracker Barrel is known for.

Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Bacon
  • Canned green beans
  • White onion
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
Ingredients for the Cracker Barrel Green Beans copycat recipe.

How to Make Cracker Barrel Green Beans

  1. In a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat, cook bacon until lightly brown but not crisp.
  2. Add green beans, salt, sugar, and pepper. Stir to combine.
  3. Place onion on top of the green beans.
  4. Cover with a lid and bring to a light boil.
  5. Turn heat down to low and simmer for 45 minutes.

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I must say, I love a variety of vegetables at every meal, but these green beans can be on my plate several times a week.

Homemade Cracker Barrel Green Beans with bacon and onion

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Homemade Cracker Barrel Green Beans in a serving dish

Copycat Cracker Barrel Green Beans

You can enjoy Cracker Barrel Green Beans any night of the week with this copycat recipe. 
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cracker Barrel Green Beans, Cracker Barrel Recipes, Green beans
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 52kcal


  • ¼ pound bacon
  • 42 ounces green beans (3 cans)
  • ¼ cup white onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper


  • In a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat, cook bacon until lightly brown but not crisp.
  • When the bacon has browned, add green beans, 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.



Calories: 52kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 159mg | Potassium: 321mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1025IU | Vitamin C: 18.6mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1.5mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. John Fuller

    4 stars
    After cooking the bacon is the grease drained off? In adding the beans do you use the liquid
    and all from the bean cans? Adding the liquid from the cans of beans would tend to make the
    bacon grease float when sitting in the pan.

    • Stephanie Manley

      If the green beans are hot, and when they are being heated in the pan, the bacon grease will go into the liquid, but you are right when this is cold the bacon grease will go straight to the top.

  2. Mike

    Not sure why 90% of these copy cat recipes call for adding sugar. Cracker Barrel NEVER adds sugar. As a 5 year past manager of Cracker Barrel the recipe calls for 3 large cans of green beans- drained; 1 chub (about 5 lbs) green bean seasoning- a mixture of bacon lard, sausage lard and pieces(this is melted down and provides the liquid); bacon pieces (about 2 lbs); salt and pepper to taste. The green beans are then slowly cooked for 2 hours.

    • Eddie Wayne Wells

      Thank you, thank you, thank you for giving us the straight recipe. I knew all these bloggers had it wrong because they all tailor it to what they like or think is good. If you even pay any attention to the beans, you will see how dark and shiny that they are. This comes from the seasoning that they use……bacon lard and sausage lard…all ham flavoring. You can buy bacon lard and ham lard on Amazon. This is what I plan to do. Can’t wait to try it. Eddie Wells

    • sandra johnson

      Hi Mike. I know you posted your comment last year but I’m just now seeing it.
      I love some of the dishes made at Cracker Barrel and want to make them at home.
      How are the fried chicken tenderloins made? This is what I order any time I go to CB. I get the tenderloins, green beans, pinto beans and mashed potatoes.

  3. Connie

    God bless you for that! I look forward to making this on Thanksgiving. I just love Cracker Barrel’s green beans. I’m looking forward to some tasty side dishes this year. Any other suggestions for a good vegetable dish that can be made, or at least prepared, ahead of time would be appreciated.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

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