Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts are seriously addicting.
Fresh Brussels sprouts are tossed with savory bacon, seasoned salt, and pure maple syrup — roasted until golden brown.
The result: a sweet, salty, smoky, crispy side that doesn’t really feel like eating veggies.
The great news is you don’t need a lot of ingredients or effort to make this delicious side dish. Plus, it works for a variety of occasions, from a weeknight dinner to a holiday gathering.
These maple bacon brussel sprouts will not disappoint!
Why KJ Loves
Maple Bacon Brussel Sprouts
These are some of my favorite brussel sprouts! I love how everything comes together on one sheet pan and is loaded with so much flavor. These sprouts are addicting!
The Best Way to Eat Brussels Sprouts
During a visit to Grand Rapids, MI, my friend Haley whipped up amazing brussels sprouts that blew me away. She was kind enough to let me share the magic with everyone!
The problem with steamed or boiled Brussels sprouts is that they can get mushy. (I think that’s how the veggie must have gotten a bad rap in the first place!)
But roasting the Brussels sprouts with maple syrup gives them a caramelized, brown, crispy texture.
Plus, the combo of salty bacon and sweet maple syrup gives these sprouts an edge.
Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts Ingredients
Since this Brussels sprouts recipe doesn’t have many components, you want to make sure you are using quality ingredients. It is a game-changer! Here is what you will need:
I quarter the larger ones and halve the smaller ones. You want to keep a fairly consistent size so they all cook at an even rate.
The applewood smoked bacon from Trader Joe’s is pretty hard to resist! I recommend thinner cuts of bacon, as they will crisp up better and cook through faster.
This is where quality is key. You can use a standard syrup you would use for pancakes, but I highly recommend snagging a true, pure maple syrup. SO good! You can find it at Target and most grocery stores!
This is ALWAYS in my pantry.
How To Prepare Brussels Sprouts
Rinse and dry the Brussels sprouts to remove dirt and pat them dry with a clean kitchen towel or paper towel.
Trim off the tough end of each Brussels sprout and remove any discolored or damaged outer leaves.
Cut the large Brussels sprouts into quarters and the small Brussels sprouts in half. The key here is uniformity — you want them all to cook at the same rate!
Making Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
Add the Brussels sprouts onto a sheet pan along with the uncooked, chopped bacon. Evenly season with seasoned salt, maple syrup, and olive oil. Toss to coat.
Bake until the Brussels sprouts are crispy and caramelized. Stir and flip the Brussels sprouts halfway through the cooking process to brown and cook them evenly.
How To Serve Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts
It’s hard to resist eating these straight off the sheet pan. If you do, you are a true champ.
Serve these scrumptious sprouts for all types of occasions this fall and winter. From a weekday side to the holiday table, they won’t disappoint!
For a normal weeknight or weekend, here are some delicious entrees to try out.
- Try Brie Stuffed Prosciutto Wrapped Orange Chicken for something a little extra special.
- Garlic Herb Manhattan Roast is a traditional classic.
- French Onion Braised Chicken is packed with the flavors of comforting French onion soup.
- Sticky Pomegranate Salmon is seared and smothered with a homemade pomegranate glaze.
Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts FAQ
How do I store bacon Brussels sprouts?
Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to several days.
How do I reheat maple bacon Brussels sprouts?
Place the leftover sprouts on a sheet pan covered in foil and reheat in the oven until warm.
Can you freeze Brussels sprouts?
These veggies don’t freeze well, so I wouldn’t recommend it.
Do I need to soak Brussels sprouts before roasting them?
No, it’s not necessary. Some people like to do it to make them less bitter, but I find it to be an unnecessary step.
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