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Slow Cooker Southern Green Beans

As a professional chef, I’ve always believed that the best recipes are delicious and evoke a sense of comfort and nostalgia. That’s precisely why I love this Slow Cooker Southern Green Beans recipe. It’s perfect for anyone struggling to find the time to cook a hearty meal without compromising flavor. This dish, slowly cooked to perfection with smoked pork hock, bacon, and sausage, is Southern comfort food on a plate!

Green beans with meat and tomatoes on a black plate.

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Green beans are so versatile and delicious, and I challenge green bean haters to try this dish! I fell in love with beans like these while living in Texas. Versions of slow-cooked Southern beans show up on menus at BBQ restaurants, and if you see them, you must try them!

Of course, my version, tested to perfection over the last 20+ years, is meatier and more flavorful. There’s something magical about the flavor of beans slow-cooked in a flavorful broth. They take on the smoky goodness from the pork hock, the meaty sausage, and the bacon, and the results are divine.

Delicious as a side dish or the main event, these Slow Cooker Southern Green Beans are Chef Jenn approved!

Green beans in a white bowl with tomatoes.

What You’ll Love About SLOW COOKER SOUTHERN GREEN BEANS


  • Effortless cooking: Just set your crock pot and let it do the magic.
  • Rich flavor: The combination of smoked meats and fresh green beans creates an irresistible depth of flavor.
  • Versatile: It’s the perfect side dish! It’s great for holidays, potlucks, BBQs and more. See my serving suggestions below.
  • It smells great: The hardest part of this dish is waiting for it to finish cooking!
Green beans with ham and peppers on a black plate.

Ingredients

  • Green beans
  • Chicken broth – Low or no sodium added.
  • Sausage links
  • Smoked pork hock
  • Bacon – Double smoked or thick cut.
  • Yellow onion
  • Tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Salt and pepper
Ingredients for a green bean casserole.

How to make SLOW COOKER SOUTHERN GREEN BEANS

  1. Trim the stem ends from the beans and give them a rinse.
  2. Put everything into the slow cooker and set it on high for 3-4 hours or low for 4-6 hours.
  3. Stir once – or more – during the cooking time.
  4. Shred the pork hock meat and fish out the fat.
  5. Drain and serve with some of the liquid.
  6. Adjust the seasoning before serving.
Ham, green beans, tomatoes and onions in a white bowl.
Everything in the slow cooker ready to cook.

Chef Jenn’s Tips

  • Don’t stop experimenting with different types of sausage to find your favorite combination. I usually make it with garlic sausage, but smoked or mild Italian sausage would also be delicious.
  • Remember, the quality of your bacon can make a huge difference. Look for well-smoked, thick-cut varieties. Or, use double-smoked bacon if you can find it.
  • If you prefer a thicker sauce, reduce the cooking liquid on the stove for a more concentrated glaze to finish the beans before serving.

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MAKE IT A MEAL

This is the perfect side dish, but it can also be a meaty main dish. I love serving it with Shrimp & Grits Casserole, smoked meatloaf, or for the holidays, a turkey roast. It goes with so many dishes, and is perfect with anything grilled or smoked, too. Don’t forget about dessert! This king cake recipe is the perfect finish to any meal that includes these beans.

STORAGE

These Crock-Pot Southern green beans keep wonderfully in the fridge for up to 3 days. Just make sure to let them cool to room temperature before storing them in an airtight container. This dish also freezes well. Portion it into freezer-safe containers, and you’ll have a ready-to-eat meal for those busy days. Just pack them with some of the cooking liquid. 

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Green beans with meat and tomatoes on a black plate.
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4.95 from 40 votes

Slow Cooker Southern Green Beans

Meaty, savory, and loaded with slow-cooked flavor and goodness, these Slow Cooked Southern Green Beans are the best kind of set-it-and-forget-it cooking! Bacon, pork hock, and more – what's not to love?
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword crock pot green beans, slow cooker green beans, southern green beans
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 214kcal
Author Chef Jenn

Equipment

  • 1 Slow cooker you need a fairly large one to hold 2 pounds of green beans

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds green beans woody end trimmed
  • 2 sausage links garlic or mild Italian sausage, cut into chunks
  • 8 ounces pork hock
  • 3-4 slices thick-cut bacon cut into chunks
  • 1 cup chicken broth use low or no sodium added
  • 2 Roma tomatoes diced
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic roughly chopped
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Trim the stem ends from the beans and give them a rinse.
  • Put the beans, sausage, bacon, pork hock, diced tomatoes, diced onions and garlic into the slow cooker. Give it a good pinch of salt and a few grinds of pepper. Add the chicken broth to the bottom of the slow cooker insert.
  • Set it the slow cooker to high for 3-4 hours or low for 4-6 hours.
  • Stir once – or more – during the cooking time.
  • Shred the pork hock meat and stir it back into the beans, and fish out the fat.
  • Drain and serve with some of the cooking liquid.
  • Adjust the seasoning before serving.

Notes

Chef Jenn’s Tips

  • Experiment with different types of sausage to find your favorite combination. I usually make it with garlic sausage, but smoked or mild Italian sausage would also be delicious.
  • Remember, the quality of your bacon can make a huge difference. Look for well-smoked, thick-cut varieties. Or, use double-smoked bacon if you can find it.
  • If you prefer a thicker sauce, reduce the cooking liquid on the stove for a more concentrated glaze to finish the beans before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cups | Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 209mg | Potassium: 468mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 921IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Wow, these slow cooker southern green beans were such a hit! I loved how easy this recipe was to throw together in the morning before work. This will definitely become a new go-to for potlucks and holiday gatherings.

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