How to make bill millers green beans

Bill Miller Bar-B-Q is a popular chain known for its Texas-style barbecue and sides, including their green beans. While the exact recipe for Bill Miller’s green beans is a closely guarded secret, you can make a similar version at home with this recipe:


  • 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed and washed
  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 12 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 12 cup chicken broth
  • 12 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 14 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
  • 14 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional, for a little heat)
  • 12 teaspoon sugar (optional, to balance acidity)
  • 1 tablespoon butter (optional, for added richness)


  1. Prepare the Green Beans:
    • Wash the fresh green beans thoroughly and trim the ends.
  2. Cook the Bacon:
    • In a large skillet or frying pan over medium heat, cook the chopped bacon until it becomes crispy. Remove the bacon from the pan, leaving the bacon grease.
  3. Sauté Onion and Garlic:
    • In the same skillet with the bacon grease, add the finely chopped onion and minced garlic. Sauté for about 2-3 minutes until the onion becomes translucent.
  4. Add Green Beans:
    • Add the trimmed green beans to the skillet and sauté them with the onion and garlic for another 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Combine Tomatoes and Broth:
    • Add the diced tomatoes (with their juices) and chicken broth to the skillet. Stir to combine.
  6. Season and Simmer:
    • Season the green bean mixture with salt, black pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes (if using). You can also add sugar to balance the acidity of the tomatoes if desired.
    • Reduce the heat to low, cover the skillet, and let the green beans simmer for about 20-25 minutes or until they are tender. Stir occasionally.
  7. Add Bacon and Butter:
    • About 5 minutes before the green beans are done, stir in the cooked bacon pieces and the optional tablespoon of butter. This adds flavor and richness to the dish.
  8. Taste and Adjust:
    • Taste the green beans and adjust the seasonings, adding more salt, pepper, or sugar if needed.
  9. Serve:
    • Once the green beans are tender and well-flavored, transfer them to a serving dish and serve hot.

These homemade green beans are inspired by the flavors you might find in Bill Miller’s green beans. While they may not be an exact replica, they capture the essence of this classic side dish. Enjoy your homemade green beans with your favorite barbecue or Southern-style meal.

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