Barbequed Green Beans With Ham

Jere Cassidy
by Jere Cassidy
6 servings
50 min

Check out this delightful BBQ Green Beans recipe, designed to be simple and delicious. It is an easy side dish, suitable for cookouts, potlucks, holiday meals, or whenever you have freshly-picked beans to spare. These tender beans, infused with smoky ham, sweet onions, and a tangy sauce, are guaranteed to be loved by everyone who tries them.

BBQ Green Beans with Ham

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Have you ever wondered what to add to green beans for more flavor? The answer is to cook the beans in a sweet and tangy barbeque sauce, smokey ham, onions, and garlic. Give these beans a little time in the oven to caramelize the barbeque sauce for a tasty dish that pairs with steak, chicken, pork, and fish.

You can easily make substitutions to the recipe; instead of ham, add bacon or smoked sausage. I have used both, and they are equally delicious. But I am a ham lover, so ham it is for today’s recipe.

I'm not from the South, but when I served these beans and ham to my Alabama friend, she called them smothered green beans. No matter what you call these beans, this is a simple recipe for a great side dish.

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What kind of green beans to use for this recipe

  • I used fresh Blue Lake Green Beans from the garden for this recipe. Look for fresh beans at the farmer's market or local grocery store.
  • Canned green beans can also be used and will be just as delicious; you will not need to steam these.
  • Can you use frozen green beans? Honestly, I have never eaten a frozen green bean, so I don't know if they would work.
  • The wide flat green beans, which are called Italian Green Beans, can also be used in this dish.

Try these recipes to serve with green beans.

BBQ Green Bean Ingredients & Substitutions

Green Beans - Fresh is ideal, but I have also used can green beans.

Ham - This is a great way to use leftover ham, and you can also use bacon or sausage. Otherwise, I just buy a slice of ham.

Onion and garlic - If you don't have fresh, you can use onion powder and garlic powder for flavor.

Barbeque sauce - Use your favorite.

Ingredients for beans and ham recipe
How To Cook BBQ'ed Green Beans: Step-By-Step

Step. 1. Wash the green beans and remove the stems. I like to cut or snap the beans in half if they are long.

Washed and stemmed fresh green beans

Step 2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat, and when hot, add the olive oil, the ham, onions, and garlic, then cook for about 5 minutes stirring frequently until the ham has browned and the onions have softened. Remove to a bowl.

Frying ham and onions

Step 3. Add the green beans, water, butter, kosher salt, and black pepper to the skillet, cover, and steam for about 7 – 10 minutes. You want the beans to stay nice and green and just at the crisp-tender stage, not overly tender to the point they turn drab olive green and are mush. (However, this is how my grandma cooked her beans, and she liked them that way.) Just saying, cook them your way!

Cook the beans until tender

Step 4. Once the green beans are tender, drain any water left in the skillet, then add the cooked ham and stir in the bbq sauce. Add additional salt and pepper to taste.

Top the beans with cooked ham and sauce

Step 5. Here you have two options you can continue cooking the beans over medium heat until the sauce has thickened and coats the beans, or my preferred way is to put the beans in a 350-degree F. oven for about 15 minutes to finish cooking the beans and carmelizing the barbeque sauce. Either way works.

Tangy green beans with ham

You can serve these beans straight from the skillet or make individual servings. Either way, you will love this tangy green bean casserole.

Serve the beans in casserole dishes
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These white Staub mini casserole dishes are perfect for making single servings.

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Green Bean FAQs

Should I steam or boil the green bean?

I prefer to steam the green beans with just a tiny amount of water with some butter. Cover the beans with a lid and cook on medium-low heat. This technique helps the green beans retain their vibrant green color and not get mushy.

How to store fresh green beans?

Fresh unwashed green beans should be stored in the refrigerator in a plastic bag or a sealed container for up to seven days.

How long do fresh green beans last?

If you store the green beans properly in the refrigerator, they should stay fresh for up to seven days. If you keep the green beans on the counter, they will stay good for two days.

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First Published: Aug 9, 2012... Last Updated: Aug 7, 2023.

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About Jere’

From learning to cook on a farm in Indiana to culinary school in California, my passion for food is never-ending. Turning on my oven to bake something for friends and family is my happy place, and I am glad to be here at One Hot Oven sharing both sweet and savory recipes with all my baking friends.

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Barbequed Green Beans With Ham
Recipe details
  • 6  servings
  • Prep time: 20 minutes Minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Minutes Total time: 50 min
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  • 1 pound Green beans fresh or canned
  • 1/3 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 ounces ham, diced
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • 1 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • salt & pepper to taste

Clean and stem the green beans. Slice or snap in half if they are too long
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat then add the oil and saute the diced ham, onion, and garlic until the ham is cooked and lightly browned and the onions are soft. Remove the mixture to a medium sized bowl.
In the same skillet, add the green beans and water. Stir and cover with a lid to steam until tender-crisp, about 7-10 minutes. Stir the green beans around a few times during steaming.
Stir in the barbecue sauce and add the ham, onions, and garlic to the green beans. Cook over medium-low heat until the barbecue sauce has thickened and coated the green beans for about 10 minutes.I prefer to put the beans in a 350° F. oven and bake for about 15 minutes to caramelize the barbeque sauce.
Serve hot.
Store all leftovers in the refrigerator for up to three days.
  • You can substitute 2 cans of green beans and add them to the cooked ham and onion mixture. No need to steam the beans.
  • Bacon can be substituted for ham. If using bacon you will need to drain off the excess bacon grease after frying.
  • Try another favorite side dish with this recipe for Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Apples & Cranberries.
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