Grampa’s Green Beans


My dad has been making these bean for a few years now and they instantly became part of our holiday menu and a side dish every month or so.



  • Allen’s Cut Italian Green Beans 6 pound can
  • garlic salt
  • pepper
  • 1/2 pound pork jowls  (can also use smoked ham hock or bacon)


Cut up your pork (or bacon) and add it to a large pot.  Set the pot on a medium-high heat and allow the meat to cook.  You are wanting the grease from the fat before adding your beans.  (if using a ham hock, just place it in the pot)


You will cook the meat for a good 8-10 minutes until the meat is browned and you have an ample amount of grease.


This ginormous can of green beans is easy to find here.  I get mine at Walmart in the section that houses all the large canned goods.


Add your can of green beans with juice.  Then sprinkle a good helping of garlic salt and pepper over this.  I use probably 2 tablespoons of garlic salt and 1 tablespoon of pepper.  Keep them handy because you may want to add more later as this cooks.


Stir this up and set it over medium-high heat.  Cover and let it come to a boil.  Once it begins to boil, turn the temperature down to low and put the cover back on.

You will cook this for 4  1/2 – 5 hours.  Every hour or so, stir the beans and have a taste.  This is when you can add more garlic salt and pepper if needed.


The reason I love the Italian Green Beans for this is that they stand up to the long simmering where other string beans will fall all to pieces.  This pot of beans is so very tasty and is why I added it to my holiday menu cause I just can’t get enough of them throughout the year!  Enjoy!


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