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Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts

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Brussels sprouts with bacon and maple syrup (or bacon maple brussels sprouts if you prefer) is the perfect veggie side dish. Complete with crispy bacon pan-roasted in maple glaze drizzle, these brussels sprouts are a sweet and salty flavor explosion!

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Maple syrup sitting in a white serving dish

Bacon Brussels Sprouts Ingredients

It’s incredibly easy to take fresh Brussels Sprouts and create a savory and sweet Brussels Sprouts side dish. Roasting in the oven, these Brussels Sprouts are a caramelized pile of perfection.

Slightly crispy with bits of bacon and a perfect amount of sweetness from real maple syrup.

  • whole or halves fresh Brussels Sprouts
  • olive oil
  • pure maple syrup
  • bacon
  • salt and pepper

Prepping the Pan for Maple Syrup

Because this recipe uses maple syrup, you have to really grease a pan, or I recommend adding parchment paper to a pan and then greasing the parchment paper.

RELATED RECIPES: Honey Dijon Brussels Sprouts, Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Buffalo Brussels Sprouts

Roasting Whole Brussels Sprouts

Most Brussels Sprouts recipes cut Brussels Sprouts in half for fast cooking.

However, this recipe can also be made with whole Brussels Sprouts. It is recommended, however, that you turn halfway through as the maple syrup will start to caramelize and depending on the oven, burn.

As with all ovens, temperatures run different and it’s best to always check on this dish halfway through and adjust as needed.

  • Preheat oven to 400 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Grease the parchment paper generously with baking spray.
  • In a mixing bowl, mix together raw whole Brussels sprouts, olive oil, and real maple syrup.
collage of instructions on how to make brussels sprouts with maple, four bowls , top left brussels sprouts, top right olive oil, bottom left is maple syrup and bottom right is bacon in a bowl

Add raw bacon and mix well.

Season maple bacon brussels with salt and pepper and mix.

Place prepped Brussels Sprouts onto prepared baking sheet, spreading out the raw bacon so it’s on a single layer.

Bake for approximately 30-40 minutes or until bacon is cooked and Brussels sprouts are brown. Please see recipe card to note about baking times and working with Brussels Sprouts. 

Remember that the outer layer of Brussels Sprouts can get crispy or caramelized, so turn over and flip half way through so so the sprouts are even color on all sides.

brussels sprouts and bacon cooked on a dish and ready to eat

Roasting Halved Brussels Sprouts

This Maple Bacon Sprout recipe can also be made faster by cutting sprouts in half.

Halving your Brussel Sprouts and really making this a much quicker side dish if you are pressed for time or simply want smaller, crispier bites. This is the ultimate restaurant-quality side dish!

Most of the same rules apply but the timing is different. 

  1. Preheat oven to 400 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Grease the parchment paper generously with baking spray.
  3. In a mixing bowl, mix together raw Brussels sprouts, olive oil, and maple syrup.
  4. Add raw bacon and mix well.
  5. Place onto prepared baking sheet, spreading out bacon so it’s on a single layer.
  6. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Bake for approximately  12-20  minutes or until bacon is cooked and Brussels sprouts are brown. 
  8. Remember that the out layer of Brussels Sprouts can get crispy or caramelized, so you may want to turn over so its an even color on all sides- this is more of a preference.
brussels sprouts cut in half and raw, raw bacon chopped, seasoned and put on a baking sheet with parchment paper

What goes well with Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts?

They are already amazing on their own but drizzle a bit of Balsamic Reduction for a little extra richness.

What type of bacon is recommended?

Make sure only raw bacon is used as it cooks in the oven itself. There is a variety of smoky bacon, like Hickory, that do really well.

What meat pairs with Brussels Sprouts?

These little green vegetables are so delicious and go well with chicken breast recipes and grilled skirt steak both!

Is it Brussel or Brussels?

It’s Brussels Sprouts, with an “s” on the end.

halved brussels sprouts with bacon on a spatula, already cooked
5 from 3 votes

Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts


Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts, with whole or halved Brussels Sprouts, are a savory and sweet Brussels Sprout side dish with real maple syrup and lots of crispy bacon.

Ingredients
 

  • 1 lb fresh brussels sprouts
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 4 strips bacon cut into 1/2″ pieces
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  • USING HALVED BRUSSELS SPROUTS – 15 MINUTE VERSION
  • Preheat oven to 400 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Grease the parchment paper generously with baking spray.
  • In a mixing bowl, mix together halved Brussels sprouts, olive oil, and real maple syrup.
  • Add uncooked bacon and mix the Brussels Sprouts side dish really well to coat all the vegetables
  • Season Brussels Sprouts with salt and pepper and mix everything together again until well seasoned and covered.
  • Place maple syrup Brussels sprouts onto prepared baking sheet, spreading out bacon so it’s on a single layer.
  • NOTE ABOUT SUGAR: If you pour the bowl and there is excess maple syrup on the baking sheet, that will caramelize in the oven and burn on your sheet. Its not a big deal but it could smoke or turn black, so I do my best to not let excess syrup hit the sheet.
  • Bake sprouts for approximately 12-20 minutes or until bacon is fully cooked and Brussels sprouts are roasted and slightly crispy.
  • Turn them over half way between cooking so both sides get slightly crispy.
  • See note below on cooking times.

  • USING WHOLE BRUSSELS SPROUTS
  • When Brussels Sprouts are cooked whole, they take much longer to cook and get more caramelized on the outside.
  • Preheat oven to 400 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Grease the parchment paper generously with baking spray.
  • In a mixing bowl, mix together Brussels sprouts, olive oil, and maple syrup.
  • Add uncooked bacon and mix the Brussels Sprouts side dish really well to coat all the vegetables
  • Season your Brussels Sprouts with salt and pepper and mix everything together again until well seasoned.
  • Place maple syrup Brussels sprouts onto prepared baking sheet, spreading out bacon so it’s on a single layer.
  • Bake for approximately 30-40 minutes or until bacon is fully cooked and Brussels sprouts are roasted.
  • Turn them over half way between cooking so both sides get slightly crispy.
  • This recipe is a complimentary side dish for all your dinners and sure to please.

Video

Notes

COOKING TIMES:
  • Cooking Brussels Sprouts isn’t necessarily a challenge, but they can go from done to real done in just a few minutes. When you cut them in half, they cook really quickly. I always set my oven timer (on a fully pre-heated oven) for 10 minutes and then add on 5 and check and so on and so forth. I like mine just slightly browned but not burnt- I have a gas oven.
  • The parchment paper WILL brown in the oven on this recipe – I always use it so the Maple Syrup covered Brussels Sprouts don’t stick to the pan
  • Video shows HALVED version

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 293mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g

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