Bacon Fried Green Beans with Brown Sugar Bourbon Pecans

Bacon Fried Green Beans with Brown Sugar Bourbon Pecans

Recipe by CJ Frazier

Ingredients:

  • 1 Bag Fresh green beans
  • 5-6 strips thick cut Bacon
  • 1/4 C Bourbon
  • 1/2 C Honey glazed pecans
  • 1/2 C Craisins
  • 1/4 C Brown sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • Pinch Kosher Salt
  • Pinch Coarse Pepper

 Directions:

  1. Pre heat your Blackstone to medium and place down 6 strips of thick cut bacon and cook till crispy. Note, you want your bacon crispy even if you prefer it not as done on a normal basis because your addition this to various other ingredients. The crispy texture is key for the success of this recipe. When cooked remove from the griddle to paper towels to drain the remaining grease. Also DO NOT REMOVE THE BACON FAT from the griddle. You’re going to cook your green beans in the fat.
  2. While your bacon is cooking remove the little stems from your fresh green beans. Once this is done you can slide some bacon over, if it’s not already done and removed from the griddle, and add your green beans to the bacon fat. Toss to coat the beans all over and season with Kosher Salt and Coarse Black Pepper. Toss and allow to cook for 4 to 5 mins total. You don’t want to over cook the beans to mushy.
  3. While your beans are cooking get your honey glazed pecans and chop them up. The size really is up to you, but I like to have them small enough to mix well throughout the dish.
  4. Your beans should be about 80% done. In the middle of the green beans add 1/4 C of brown sugar and 1/4 C of the bourbon of your choice. If you want you can light up the bourbon with a lighter (BE CAUTIOUS WITH THIS NEXT STEP AND NOT THAT IT IS NOT NECESSARY) to cook off the alcohol faster…And it’s just a lot of fun to watch as well. Plus it’s super impressive looking to your guests if they’re watching. When the fire has died down after about 10 seconds add your unsalted butter, pecans and craisins. Toss together till everything is coating and your brown sugar has turned into a caramel consistency.
  5. To plate add the ingredients to a serving bowl and post dust with your Blackstone Sweet Maple seasoning. ENJOY!
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