Maple Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts

updated Aug 31, 2023
Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts Recipe

Take roasted Brussels sprouts to a whole new level with smoky bacon and a glaze of maple syrup.

Serves4 to 6

Prep10 minutes to 15 minutes

Cook20 minutes to 25 minutes

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Maple bacon Brussels Sprouts in serving bowl
Credit: Photo: Julia Gartland; Food Stylist: Jessie YuChen

There are lots of ways to eat Brussels sprouts, but one of the easiest ways to take them to the next level is to borrow two simple ingredients from the breakfast table: maple syrup and bacon. Maple bacon Brussels sprouts are sweet, salty, smoky, and earthy, and the preparation is really no more difficult than roasting the Brussels sprouts on their own. These Brussels sprouts are even a hit with kids — my 9-year-old daughter gobbled them up and asked when we could have them again.

The Best Type of Bacon for Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts

There are so many different types of bacon out there. Thick-cut is a bit too chewy for this dish. I prefer regular bacon because the fat renders out quickly onto the sprouts, and the bacon pieces will crisp up in about the same amount of time as it takes for the sprouts to cook.

Credit: Photo: Julia Gartland; Food Stylist: Jessie YuChen

Tips for Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Here are a few tips to ensure that you have perfectly roasted Brussels sprouts and bacon every single time:

  • Place the prepped Brussels sprouts cut-side down. After you’ve halved (or quartered, if large) the Brussels sprouts, drizzle them with olive oil and season with salt and pepper directly on a sheet pan. Then, spread them out so they sit in a single layer, cut-side down for optimal crispiness.
  • Cook the Brussels sprouts with the bacon. Cut regular bacon slices crosswise into pieces and scatter the pieces over the Brussels. No need to dirty a separate skillet.
  • Don’t stir. Roast in a 450ºF oven until the cut sides are nice and golden-brown. Just let them do their thing; it’ll take about 25 minutes.
  • Finish with maple syrup. Go for a darker maple syrup to get a more noticeable maple flavor. After the sprouts are browned and the bacon is crisp, drizzle with maple syrup and toss to combine — there will be enough residual heat to warm up the syrup and help it coat every single bite. Lots of similar recipes call for tossing the Brussels with maple syrup right at the beginning, but I found that the added moisture kept the sprouts from browning well, and made the sheet pan difficult to clean.

Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts Recipe

Take roasted Brussels sprouts to a whole new level with smoky bacon and a glaze of maple syrup.

Prep time 10 minutes to 15 minutes

Cook time 20 minutes to 25 minutes

Serves 4 to 6

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds

    Brussels sprouts

  • 1 tablespoon

    olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon

    kosher salt, plus more as needed

  • 4 slices

    bacon (about 5 ounces, not thick cut)

  • 2 tablespoons

    maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat the oven to 450ºF.

  2. Halve 1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts, or quarter if large. Place on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil and season with 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Toss to combine and arrange in a single layer cut-side down.

  3. Cut 4 bacon slices crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces. Scatter over the Brussels sprouts, separating any pieces that are stuck together.

  4. Roast until the Brussels sprouts are well browned on the bottom, 20 to 25 minutes. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons maple syrup and toss to combine. Taste and season with more kosher salt as needed.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4 days.