I think of traditional southern with BBQ. Render some fat back or salt pork in a pot. Add green beans (flat pole beans), water or stock just under covered, and salt and pepper. Reduce the amount of salt if using salt pork. Simmer until water is almost gone stirring occasionally. Be careful not to scorch. The beans should be very soft but not mushy. When stringing the beans strip a few and put just the bean in the pot. I know this is not the modern method of cooking green beans but I grew up eating them this way and still love them. Saturday I had lunch and had green beans served saute in butter and spice until just tender. They were good too. I also usually serve BBQ beans or pintos with BBQ. Green beans with a Grilled meat.