Crispy Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts are the perfect Thanksgiving side dish. Follow this simple recipe to make crispy and delicious Brussels sprouts with rich bacon and a hint of maple sweetness.
I only want Brussels sprouts at Thanksgiving if they are extra crispy.
Brussels sprouts regained their popularity when people started cooking them up crispy in some fat instead of steaming them. No one should have to endure a whole steamed Brussels sprout.
These crispy maple bacon Brussels sprouts are the antidote to the usual mushy Thanksgiving side dish. No one can say no to brussels sprouts with bacon.
Let’s be honest, the best Thanksgiving side dishes are the mashed potatoes and the stuffing, but we could all use some veggies. This crispy maple bacon Brussels sprout dish is the perfect Thanksgiving veggie side dish.
Check out these other delicious Thanksgiving recipes!
- Easy Creamy Mashed Potatoes
- Slow Cooker Turkey Breast with Gravy
- How to Roast a Turkey Breast
- Green Beans Almondine
- Kale Cranberry Quinoa Salad
What ingredients will you need to make these maple bacon Brussels sprouts?
You only need a few simple ingredients to make these savory and sweet crispy maple bacon Brussels sprouts. The smoky bacon flavor is perfect when paired with the roasted brussels sprouts and the sweetness of maple syrup.
- Brussels sprouts
- Avocado oil
- Bacon – Jones Dairy Farm Cherrywood Smoked Bacon is my favorite!
- Maple Syrup
How to make Crispy Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts
You will first bake the Brussels sprouts to get them cooked through, then toss them in warm bacon fat to crisp them up. Finally, you will drizzle them with maple syrup for a touch of sweetness.
Step 1: Bake
To begin, trim and half the Brussels sprouts. Toss to coat in oil and season with salt.
Place on a baking sheet with the cut side down in a single layer. Then, bake the brussels sprouts in the oven for 35 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 2: Fry the Bacon
While the Brussels sprouts bake, cook 6 slices of bacon in a large skillet. Remove the bacon from the pan.
Set the cooked bacon to the side and chop for later. Drain and strain the bacon fat for frying the Brussels sprouts.
Step 3: Fry the Brussels sprouts
Then, heat the bacon fat in a large pan or a wok over medium high heat. Toss the cooked Brussels sprouts in the warm bacon fat for a few minutes.
Step 4: Toss the crispy brussels sprouts in maple bacon mixture
Finally, drizzle maple syrup over the warm Brussels sprouts. Toss the maple syrup through the sprouts.
Add the chopped bacon to the pan and toss again. Turn off the heat and enjoy!
Can I make these Brussels sprouts ahead of time and then reheat them?
These Brussels sprouts are best and crispiest when enjoyed immediately, but you can make them ahead of time. I like to reheat in them in a casserole dish in the oven at 425F for about 10 minutes.
Once prepared, allow them to cool completely. Then, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Can I make crispy Brussels sprouts without the bacon?
Yes! Just repeat the frying step with a hight heat vegetable oil like avocado oil. You can also toss in some craisins and walnuts for extra texture.
If you want to use turkey bacon, just follow the same instructions, but use a little extra oil to fry the brussels sprouts.
Keep reading to find the full recipe for this sweet and savory Thanksgiving side dish! If you make these crispy maple bacon Brussels sprouts please let me know on Instagram or in the comments below!
- 32oz brussels sprouts
- 2 tbsp avocado oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 6 strips of bacon – I like Jones Dairy Farm Cherrywood Smoked Bacon
- 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 425F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- Trim the ends off the brussels sprouts and cut them in half
- Place brussels sprouts in a mixing bowl and toss in avocado oil and salt
- Arrange brussels sprouts on the baking sheet and bake for 35 minutes
- While the brussels sprouts roast, cook 6 strips of bacon on the stovetop until crispy
- Remove the bacon from the pan, chop the bacon and reserve the bacon fat
- Strain the bacon fat to remove the solids
- Heat the bacon fat over medium high heat
- Once the oil is hot, carefully add the cooked brussels sprouts to the hot oil and toss constantly with tongs
- Cook the brussels sprouts in the bacon fat for 3-4 minutes
- Pour in the maple syrup and chopped bacon and toss to combine
- Cook for another minute and remove from heat