Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon & Balsamic

I remember wondering if I liked brussel sprouts because I know it’s a vegetable that a lot of people do not like. I decided to pick a bag up one day and threw bacon in it and found out that roasted brussel sprouts actually aren’t bad at all. Everyone knows bacon makes everything better which is why I decided to put some in this recipe but without them, they were still good. If you are not sure if you like them yourself give this recipe a try because it will change your mind. Already like brussel sprouts? You will LOVE this recipe!

Roasted Brussel Sprout Ingredients

Roasted Brussel Sprout Ingredients

I would suggest using fresh brussel sprouts for this recipe. Using frozen brussel sprouts will release a lot of water while trying to roast them which will ultimately steam them.

How to make Roasted Brussel Sprouts

First you want to cut the bottom stem of the brussel sprout and then cut them in half lengthwise. You can get rid of any soggy or turned outer leaves as you are cutting them. Some leaves will fall off while cutting and that is fine. Add them to the bowl because they will make for nice crispy pieces when roasted

Chop bacon and cook until nice and crispy. Drain the bacon on a paper towel and set aside. Reserve the bacon fat.

In bowl of brussel sprouts add 2 tbsp of balsamic, olive oil, bacon fat, garlic, salt, and pepper then lightly mix. Transfer to a foil lined baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes in a preheated 450° oven.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Roasted brussel Sprouts fresh out of the oven.

In a mixing bowl add cooked brussel sprouts, bacon, balsamic and honey mixture. Lightly toss to combine all the ingredients.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Serve while hot and enjoy!

Tips and Questions for Brussel Sprouts

Can I make roasted brussel sprouts without the bacon? Of course! Just skip the cooking of the bacon and omit the bacon grease from the recipe.

Can I make roasted brussel sprouts with turkey bacon? Sure! Turkey bacon isn’t going to give off fat like pork bacon does. Cook the turkey bacon until crisp while roasting the brussel sprouts. Crumble and toss in with the honey balsamic mixture.

Other vegetable forward recipes that you should check out is Broccoli and Cheese Soup and Butternut Squash Soup. Let me know what you think!

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic & Bacon

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon & Balsamic

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people


  • 1 32oz bags brussel sprouts trimmed & halved
  • 4 slices bacon diced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp garlic minced
  • salt & pepper


  • Preheat oven to 450°.
  • Cook bacon in pan until crisp and set on paper towel to drain. Reserve 1 tbsp of bacon fat.
  • In a mixing bowl add brussel sprouts, 2 tbsp of balsamic, olive oil, bacon fat, garlic, salt, and pepper then lightly mix.
  • Transfer to a foil lined baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes.
  • Mix together the remaining tablespoon of balsamic and honey.
  • In a bowl combine the brussels sprouts, chopped bacon, and honey balsamic mixture. Gently mix.

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