Brussels Sprouts With Bacon Crispy
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These Brussels sprouts with Bacon are dangerously wonderful. For the most addicting side dish, salty bacon is roasted with crispy Brussels sprouts and then mixed in sweet maple syrup and fresh garlic.

Easy enough for a weeknight supper, yet delectable enough for Thanksgiving or Christmas guests!

Why Is This Recipe So Delicious?

Brussels Sprouts With Bacon
Food: Brussels Sprouts With Bacon (Source: Jessica Gavin)
  • Oven-roasted Brussels sprouts have an incredible crispy texture that is completely transformative. For a great texture contrast, serve them with smooth and creamy meals like mashed potatoes.
  • It’s quite adaptable and pairs well with practically any main course! Brussels sprouts are a fantastic side dish for chicken, salmon, ham, and even pasta.
  • It’s so simple. Seriously. Season them with salt and pepper, then bake them for 30 minutes.
  • The caramelized Brussels sprouts can be cooked ahead of time and kept refrigerated for up to 4 days in an airtight container. Reheat them in the oven or in the air fryer at 350°F for 5-10 minutes. It won’t have the same texture as when they’re freshly cooked, but it’ll do!

Important Ingredients

Brussels Sprouts – There is no middle ground when it comes to Brussels sprouts. Sure, they have a horrible rep, but a lot of it has to do with how they’re prepared.

They’re a good source of fiber and Vitamin C that taste like nutty mini-cabbages and have an unusual appearance. They’re called after the Belgian city of Brussels!

Bacon — These fatty, flavorful, smoky slices are a quick and easy method to add flavor to almost any dish. If you like, you can substitute pancetta for the bacon in this recipe.

Pancetta is pork belly meat that has been salt-cured, whereas bacon is pork belly meat that has been smoke-cured.

How Do You Make It?

  • The whole recipe and ingredients list can be found below, but you can also find a fast explanation of how to make this recipe precisely, as well as helpful tips and information!
  • Start with fresh, entire Brussels sprouts for the finest flavor and texture. Trim and halve your sprouts before tossing them with bacon, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Make an even layer of the mixture on an oiled, unlined sheet pan, making sure nothing overlaps. Roast for another 30 minutes or so, then add the maple syrup and garlic and finish in the oven. YUM! Serve the bacon-caramelized Brussels sprouts right away so they stay hot and crispy.

Chef’s Advice

  • You can roast whole Brussels sprouts, but for this dish, I recommend cutting them. Remove the stems from each sprout and any damaged or yellow leaves before halving them lengthwise.
  • If you’re using fresh Brussels sprouts, choose ones that are brilliant green on the outside and don’t have many yellow wilted leaves.
  • Fresh sprouts provide the finest flavor and texture, although frozen sprouts are also OK. Thaw frozen Brussels sprouts entirely before drying them completely. Before you start your recipe, put them in the oven for a few minutes without any oil or anything to dry them out even more.
  • Cook the Brussels sprouts cut-side down for the crispiest Brussels sprouts and bacon, and don’t overcrowd the sheet pan. It’ll be tempting to peek in on them while they roast, but resist the urge and keep the oven door shut to keep the heat in!

Brussels Sprouts With Bacon

Preparation time: 10 minutes
35 minutes to cook
45 minutes total

For the most addicting side dish, salty bacon is roasted with crispy Brussels sprouts and then mixed in sweet maple syrup and fresh garlic. Easy enough for a weeknight supper, yet delectable enough for Thanksgiving or Christmas guests!


  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts washed and dried
  • 4 ounces diced bacon or pancetta
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup see Notes
  • ¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic minced or crushed

Instructions For Brussels Sprouts With Bacon

Brussels Sprouts With Bacon Roasted
Food: Brussels Sprouts With Bacon (Source: Jessica Gavin)
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Using nonstick frying spray or olive oil, lightly butter a big sheet pan. Place aside.
  2. Trim the sprouts’ ends and chop them in half lengthwise. Toss brussels sprouts and leaves with bacon, olive oil, salt, and pepper in a mixing bowl. In a single layer, spread the mixture on the sheet pan.
  3. Roast sprouts for 25-30 minutes, rotating once, until tender with browned edges. The bacon will be crispy and cooked.
  4. Remove from oven and stir with garlic and maple syrup. Return to the oven for another 2 minutes, or until the garlic is cooked. Serve right away.


  • Use 3 tablespoons maple syrup instead of 2 tablespoons for sweeter sprouts.
  • Make it Brussels sprouts provide the majority of the carbs in this meal, but their fiber content makes them keto-friendly.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 289kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 19mg, Sodium: 508mg, Potassium: 520mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 855IU, Vitamin C: 97mg, Calcium: 61mg, Iron: 2mg, Net Carbs: 14g