Home-Style Butterbeans


These Southern-style butterbeans are flavored wtih bacon, brown sugar, and onion and offer the convenience of frozen butterbeans.

Home-Style Butterbeans
Photo: William Dickey
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 20 mins
6 to 8 servings


  • 5 bacon slices, diced

  • 1 small onion, minced

  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

  • 1 (16-oz.) package frozen butterbeans

  • 1/4 cup butter

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon cracked pepper


  1. Cook bacon and onion in a large Dutch oven over medium heat 5 to 7 minutes. Add brown sugar, and cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Stir in butterbeans and butter until butter is melted and beans are thoroughly coated. Stir in 12 cups water.

  2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 2 hours or until beans are very tender and liquid is thickened and just below top of beans. Stir in salt and pepper.

  3. Home-Style Lima Beans: Substitute 1 (16-oz.) package frozen baby lima beans for butterbeans. Proceed with recipe as directed.

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