Best Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Bacon in Oven

Welcome, today we’re going to make one of my favorite recipes Brussels Sprouts with Bacon.

By the way, did you know that most people think it is spelled Brussel Sprouts when in fact the correct term is Brussels Sprouts!

I have to remind myself over and over again to get it right.

Regardless of how it’s spelled this technique will be the best Brussels Sprouts with Bacon recipe of your life guaranteed.

Roasted in the oven until they are charred and crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, with a little help from a little bacon and onions.

But the bacon and onions will get even the pickiest of vegetable eater to be asking for more!

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon doesn’t need any help and can be eating without anything else right out of the oven.

Tips and tricks for Perfect Brussels Sprouts with Bacon:

What does Brussels Sprouts look like?

Brussels sprouts look like broccoli and cabbages, actually resemble miniature cabbages.
They have a delicate nutty flavor and are sometimes found in the
the store still attached to the stem but most of the time.

How to pick perfect Brussels Sprouts?

You will find them sold individually. Look for firm compact vivid green Brussels sprouts free of yellow or
wilted leaves
, choose small and of equal sizes to ensure they will cook evenly.

How to store Brussels Sprouts?

Store unwashed and untrimmed Brussels Sprouts in a plastic bag in the vegetable compartment of the refrigerator for up to 10 days.
Before washing Brussels Sprouts remove stems and any yellow or discolored leaves, and rinse under running water.

How to cook Brussels Sprouts quickly?

Brussels Sprouts cook quickly and taste best when they are cut into small pieces.
To decrease the cooking time of all Brussels Sprouts slice an X on the bottom to open the skin, add Brussels Sprouts to one inch of boiling water, add a pinch of salt, cover and cook for 8-10 minutes or until slightly tender.

How will I know that Brussels Sprouts are perfectly cooked?

Perfectly cooked Brussels Sprouts have a crisp dense texture and a slightly sweet green taste. Overcook sprouts will have a bitter taste.

What are the benefits of Brussels Sprouts?

Brussels Sprouts are one of those foods, that will fill you up without filling you out. Always a plus for weight loss, low in fat and calories, and high in protein and iron.
Brussels Sprouts are an incredible vegetable that offers protection against colon cancer heart disease and iron deficiency anemia.

Let’s have a look at our ingredients of Brussels Sprouts with Bacon.

One of the best things about this recipe this is just two ingredients

  • Brussels Sprouts: very healthy ingredient, and perfect for dinner nights
  • Bacon: This ingredient goes perfectly well with these Brussels Sprouts.
  • Balsamic vinegar: Just to add an extra flavor to our recipe.

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Let’s get started with our Brussels Sprouts with Bacon recipe.

Start by cooking the bacon.

So basically start off by chopping bacon, chop into small bite-size pieces and just drop these right into the cold frying pan.

Now that the bacon’s in the pan, turn the heat on.

How to cook bacon for Brussels Sprouts?

And what’s gonna happen here is so this is regular bacon is not fancy bacon.

And when you buy bacon at the grocery store, it tends to have a lot of brine in it with a little liquid.

And what we want to do is get rid of the liquid and just cook the bacon slowly enough so that it gets crispy but then it also gives us the fat because that bacon fat is what we are gonna cook the Brussels Sprouts in.

So start high and then as it starts to cook, you’ll see like a lot of steam and bubbling coming out, and then eventually the bacon will start to get crisp.

And you’ll just be left with beautiful crispy bacon and bacon fat.

Many of you do them, you blanch them in boiling water first and then you saute them in bacon fat.

But we’re gonna skip that step because we’re gonna make this that much more uncomplicated.

So for this little Brussels sprout, trim off the black stem at the end, and then cut it in half.

Now any leaves that are a little bit discolored, just pull that off. We really want these to be tender.

And at the same time take a look at bacon, when all the liquid has evaporated out, you’ll see that now we’re just left with beautiful bacon fat and that is nicely
crisped up.

If you like it really crispy keep cooking it, if not do the opposite.

Now drain the bacon fat, but you need to reserve both the bacon and the fat because nothing is going to waste.

Just use a little strainer and a bowl, you do want to make sure you’re using metal utensils because bacon fat is very hot and it would melt plastic.

And at last we’ll get the bacon and bacon fat separate.

Set up the pan that we’re gonna cook our sprouts on.

You’re actually gonna preheat the pan in the oven so that when you get the sprouts right onto the pan it’s already searing hot.

Brussels sprouts actually like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower which has to be cooked really hot.

You cook Brussels Sprouts below 180 F, but when you cook them over a 180 F, that’s when you get caramelization nuttiness flavor and of course crispiness.

So take a baking sheet put foil on it and then put it right into the oven at 450 F.

We’re actually gonna cook sprouts in the bacon fat. Take bacon fat and use it to coat the sprouts.

Well, there are two reasons for using bacon fat.

First of all the bacon fats delicious that go beautifully with Brussels sprouts.

But also bacon fat is a really high heat resistant fat which means when we put these Brussels sprouts coated in bacon fat into screaming hot oven it’s not gonna smoke and burn it’s just gonna caramelize and delicious them.

Just drizzle in a little bit of fat and then give them a nice good stir so that they’re all coated.

Take the hot pan, get sprouts into a single layer, and any of them that are still stuck together just separate those out.

Get them cut side down if you can but don’t worry about it too much, more important is that they separate they don’t get stuck together.

Now although there is salt in the bacon these need a little bit extra salt, so sprinkle them with salt and you can sprinkle them with pepper as well.

Remember the oven mitt pan is still hot now they go into the oven for about 4-6 minutes, then take a look. Lift them over and give them about another 3 minutes.

These are really fast to cook, so if you’re serving these with like a holiday dinner you can do them at the last minute.

If you’re doing a holiday dinner check out the rest of my holiday recipes:

Keep a close eye on them because you really don’t want to overcook them you just want them to be tender, crisp, and beautiful.

Now, don’t forget about all the bacon we saved, put right on top, and then transfer these to a serving bowl.

At this point you can add a little balsamic vinegar if you like.

I personally find that it just brings everything together. You can even add a little bit of Parmesan or goat cheese if you really want to make these unforgettable.

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon look great they’re just tender-crisp, they’re covered with all that beautiful brown deliciousness.

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Cook Brussels sprouts on high heat for crispiness, and enjoy this recipe for your dinner nights and Thanksgiving.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon, balsamic vinegar, Brussels sprouts, salt, thanksgiving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 220kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 slices bacon chopped
  • 1 kg Brussels sprouts
  • salt
  • balsamic vinegar optional

Instructions

  • Cook bacon until it's crispy. drain the bacon fat in a container, separating bacon and bacon fat.
  • Preheat oven at 450F and line a large baking tray/pan with foil.
  • Trim the stems out of the sprouts, remove yellow or outer leaves. Now add 3 tbsp of bacon fat and toss well to mix.
  • Preheat the prepared baking pan/tray in the oven for 4 minutes, now spread the sprouts in the oven in a single layer and sprinkle salt on top.
  • Roast for 4 minutes and then flip and again roast for 4-5 minutes until they are nicely golden and crisp.
  • Top with fried bacon pieces and drizzle vinegar if you like.