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Aluminum pan containing green beans topped with bacon.
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Hickory Smoked Green Beans Recipe

Green beans are a classic side dish for any barbecues and are full of flavor. Cooked low and slow in the smoker with hickory wood and bacon, these are a crowd fave!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 15 mins
Course: Side Dish, Sides
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 57kcal
Author: Amanda Mason


  • Smoker


  • 6 cups green beans, fresh
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 6-8 slices bacon, bite size pieces
  • sliced almonds, (optional)
  • ¼ cup onion, diced (optional)


  • First, cut the ends off the fresh green beans. String them and then cut them in half. Add them to a colander and rinse well. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet on the stove top, add in the chicken broth, apple cider, salt, and pepper.
  • Add the beans, combine, and turn up the heat to medium-high.
  • Blanch for 3-4 minutes and then turn off the heat.
  • Transfer the mixture to a disposable aluminum pan. Make sure you do not drain. You want all the mixture going into the pan.
  • Chop the bacon into bite-size pieces and place on top of the green beans. If you're opting to add the diced onion add them here.
  • Place the pan into the smoker and smoke uncovered at 250°F for 3 hours.
  • Remove the pan from the smoker and add sliced almonds on top. Mix to combine and then serve immediately.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container and place in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.


  • If you want the bacon to be more on the crispy side, cook it in a skillet until it starts to crisp up. You don't want to cook it all the way because it will continue to cook and provide extra flavor in the smoker.
  • For this green bean recipe, I also add 1 Tablespoon of Liquid Smoke to the water. This helps contribute to the smoky flavor.
  • You can use pork or turkey bacon in this recipe. Both taste great!
  • If using canned green beans, skip the blanching step and reduce the smoke time to 1.5 hours. 
  • When preparing, make sure to string the beans before cutting them in half.
  • Adding a bit of apple cider vinegar helps bring out the flavor and soften the beans. Apple Cider Vinegar is acidic and has a sweet and tangy taste that also pairs really well with the chicken broth and the salt.


Calories: 57kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 484mg | Potassium: 216mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 455IU | Vitamin C: 11.6mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg