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Balsamic Bacon Brussels Sprouts

These balsamic bacon Brussels sprouts are irresistibly crispy and flavorful. They’re roasted to perfection, mixed with crispy bacon and sauteed onion, and tossed in a sweet balsamic glaze. You might want to make a double-batch of these because they disappear fast!

Balsamic bacon brussels sprouts on a serving platter.

Who knew Brussels sprouts would turn into such crowd-favorite vegetable! But I’m glad they did, otherwise I wouldn’t have dishes like my balsamic chicken with Brussels sprouts, shaved brussels sprouts salad, roasted Brussels sprouts, or green shakshuka.

Not only do Brussels sprouts taste delicious, but they’re high in fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants – making them a healthy superfood

Unlike leafy veggies that have a soft texture, these sprouts hold firm and give you a delicious savory crunch. And when you coat them with my balsamic reduction, the flavors are mind blowing

A spoonful of balsamic bacon brussels sprouts.

BALSAMIC BACON BRUSSELS SPROUTS INGREDIENTS

To make these balsamic bacon brussels sprouts, you’ll need 4 key ingredients. Let me walk you through each one below. 

BRUSSELS SPROUTS

When it comes to choosing Brussels sprouts, you either have the option of buying a fresh stalk or pre-packaged. While both work just fine, a fresh stalk could be a better choice, especially if it’s in season. 

Either way, just make sure to take a close look at the texture and color of the sprouts. The texture should be firm when you give it a squeeze with the leaves tightly compacted. As for the color, it should be a bright green with no signs of yellowing or wilted leaves. 

BACON 

Ah, one of my favorite ingredients – bacon! I use organic bacon with minimal additional flavorings (thick cut if possible). But, feel free to use bacon that has a pepper dry rub or a maple smoke for a stronger aroma. 

Another form of bacon that will taste delicious is pancetta. This is an Italian version that is a heavily seasoned pork belly curled into a roll. Unlike bacon, pancetta is just cured and not smoked. 

If you’re not a pork-lover, you can also use turkey bacon. This will give you a similar overall texture and it’s a great replacement.

Brussels sprouts on a sheet tray to be roasted and bacon cooking on the stove.

ONION

You could use a yellow or white onion in this recipe. I love to saute the diced onion in a bit of the bacon grease for extra flavor. Just cook the onion for a couple of minutes, until it becomes slightly translucent. It will impart a deliciously savory, yet slightly sweet flavor to the side dish.

BALSAMIC REDUCTION

Lastly, you’ll need a drizzle of balsamic glaze. As you reduce balsamic vinegar, it naturally becomes thicker and sweeter. While you can use a store bought bottle, it’s easy to whip up a healthier, homemade version in just 15 minutes.

Here’s how to make my delicious balsamic reduction: 

  1. Add one third cup of balsamic vinegar to a small pot. 
  2. Bring the pot to a boil, then reduce the temperature and simmer for about 10-15 minutes. 
  3. You can reduce it by ⅓ or ½, depending on how thick you want it. Note that it will continue to thicken as it cools – and you’re done!

Pouring the balsamic glaze on the roasted brussels sprouts.

HOW TO MAKE BALSAMIC BACON BRUSSELS SPROUTS

Create the perfect batch of restaurant-worthy brussels sprouts by following the steps below. 

  • Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • Prep your Brussels sprouts by cutting the ends off and slicing them into quarters. Don’t throw away the loose leaves. Save these for extra crispy pieces while baking. 
  • Toss the sprouts in oil, salt and pepper on top of a sheet pan. 
  • Roast for about 25-30 minutes, stirring halfway through. 
  • Slice the bacon into ½ -inch thick pieces. Add the bacon to a pan on medium heat and cook until it becomes crispy. Then use a slotted spoon to remove the bacon to a paper towel. 
  • Add balsamic vinegar to a small pot. Simmer this on medium heat for 10-12 minutes, until it’s reduced by a third to a half. You should have about 3 tablespoons remaining in the pot. Then turn off the heat. (Do this step while the bacon is cooking) 
  • Drain the bacon grease, but keep one tablespoon left in the pan. 
  • Add the diced onion to the pan and cook on medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Add the crispy bacon, give it a stir, and turn off the heat. 
  • Remove the Brussels sprouts from the oven. Add the onions and bacon and drizzle with the balsamic reduction. Stir everything together and serve!

Up close photo of balsamic bacon brussels sprouts.

Pair Brussels Sprouts With These Mains

These Brussels sprouts complement many main courses, whether it’s chicken, lamb, or salmon. Here’s some of my favorite mains!

And if you love this recipe….I think you’ll love my fried cabbage with bacon as well!

A spoonful of balsamic bacon brussels sprouts.
4.94 from 16 votes

Balsamic Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan
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Balsamic bacon Brussels sprouts are irresistibly crispy and flavorful! It's the perfect side dish recipe that everyone loves.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or avocado oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 8 ounces bacon
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 425F/220C.
  • Cut the end off the Brussels sprouts, then slice them into quarters. Some leaves may come loose and that's okay.
  • Add the Brussels sprouts and any loose leaves to a sheet pan. Toss with oil, salt and pepper.
  • Roast the Brussels sprouts for 25-30 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  • While the Brussels sprouts are cooking, slice the bacon into 1/2-inch thick pieces. Add the bacon to a pan on medium heat and cook until the bacon become crispy, stirring frequently. Use a slotted spoon to remove the bacon to a paper towel.
  • At the same time you're cooking the bacon, add the balsamic vinegar to a small pot. Simmer this on medium heat for 10-12 minutes, or until it's reduced by a third to a half. When it's done, you should have about 3 tablespoons remaining in the pot. Then turn off the heat.
  • Drain off most of the bacon grease (you can render and save the bacon grease for future use!), but keep one tablespoon left in the pan.
  • Add the diced onion to the pan and cook on medium heat for 2-3 minutes, or until it becomes translucent. Add the crispy bacon back to the pan, give it a stir and turn off the heat.
  • When your Brussels sprouts are done, remove them from the oven. Add the onions and bacon and drizzle with the balsamic reduction. Stir everything together and serve.

Lisa's Tips

  • Want more Brussels sprouts? You can easily add up to 2 pounds without changing any other ratios in the recipe. So feel free to add a little extra!
  • I purposefully cook the bacon separately for that extra crispy texture. I find that when cooking bacon on the same baking sheet as the brussels, you always end up with uncooked pieces of bacon. So it really is worth it to cook the bacon separately. 

Nutrition

Calories: 264kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 25mg, Sodium: 282mg, Potassium: 545mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 869IU, Vitamin C: 97mg, Calcium: 55mg, Iron: 2mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon brussels sprouts, balsamic bacon brussels sprouts, balsamic brussels sprouts
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Originally published November 2014, but updated to include new photos and information. 

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45 comments on “Balsamic Bacon Brussels Sprouts”

  1. Any advice for preparing this ahead of time to bring to thanksgiving dinner? 

    • I recommend to pre-chop your vegetables the day before and roast this the day of as you it to be warm and crispy when it’s fresh :)

  2. Substituted pomegranate molassess for the balsamic reduction ~ a delicious compliment to the salty bacon. Served with grilled Aussie lamb chops!

  3. More balsamic and cook the bacon with the brussels sprouts! (omit other oil as the bacon grease is perfect) This makes a HUGE difference in the end product. Stir 3-4 times and the bacon will be cooked perfectly when the sprouts are done.

  4. I love roasted Brussels sprouts. This recipe does not disappoint! It takes it up a notch with the balsamic reduction.

    • Hi Lisa – The balsamic adds the perfect flavor balance with the Brussels sprouts! I’m glad you enjoyed this side dish.

  5. This is one of the best recipes I use. Probably make these once a week on average. I have also started adding blue cheese crumbles to the top of the sprouts then pouring on the hot onions, bacon, and balsamic, to melt the cheese. Tastes amazing with the blue cheese. Would definitely recommend giving it a try!

    • Hi Phil – So glad this recipe has made it into your weekly rotation! The blue cheese addition sounds amazing :)

  6. About half way through I thought to myself “Man, this is a lot of work for some Brussels sprouts”, but they were absolutely delicious and I will be making them again. I followed the recipe exactly and it came out great. 

    • Hi Katie – The wait is well worth it for this recipe! Glad you enjoyed this batch of Brussels Sprouts :)

  7. Best Brussels Sprout recipe ever! And I’ve tried many. Previously, my fave was roasted brussels with butternut squash and red grapes (different site). That one was creative and delicious. BUT, this takes the prize and demotes my previous favorite to second place. Cooked this for a group, they polished off the entire platter in about 10 minutes (I was hoping for leftovers, but no such luck). It’s sweet, surprising, interesting… and healthy!! This is going into my regular rotation.

    • Hi Marina – Wow! I feel so honored to take first place for your favorite Brussels Sprouts recipe :) So glad you and all your friends enjoyed this :)

  8. I don’t usually like brussels sprouts but the combo of sweet balsamic reduction and savory bacon made this dish delicious! Very helpful instructions and very quick and easy to make. I’m so glad I found your page!

    • Hi Karalyn – The balsamic reduction is definitely the game changer! Excited to hear this recipe can help change your mind about Brussels sprouts :)

  9. So Yummy. Made these on Christmas Day, even my dad wanted more and he does usually go much for vegetables 😊

  10. My husband loved this recipe. My two year old too (I didn’t add the balsamic sauce for him)

  11. These look great. I have loved all your recipes so far. Do you think this would hold up 4-5 days in fridge for meal prep? Planning on making these next week! Thank you!

  12. Made this as a side dish last night to go with chicken and some brown rice. My husband had never had brussel sprouts before and was a little stand off-ish to try those ‘little cabbage looking things’. He loved them! Said I should definitely add them to the make again list. The combination of the salty from the bacon, the sweet from the balsamic vinegar and the crunch from the brussel sprouts was perfect. I will make these again for sure. Even my super picky 16 year old liked them :)

    • Hi Christy – Yay! Happy to hear this recipe changed his mind about brussels sprouts, and that this was a winning dish for your entire family :)

  13. I actually have a bowl of this next to my laptop as a write…. Delicious! A great way to get Brussels into your diet!

  14. I made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious!  Definitely my favorite recipe for Brussels sprouts! 

  15. These look delicious! So excited to try this recipe as I loveeee roasted brussel sprouts. 

  16. I’m trying to like brussels sprouts. I’ve tried them all sorts of ways to try and like them, but I’ve never tried balsamic vinegar. So I must try that.

    • Hi Jacqueline – I hope by adding the balsamic glaze and bacon bits – it will convince you that Brussels sprouts are delicious!

  17. Oh yum!! Saving this for Christmas, thanks for sharing!!

  18. These Brussels sprouts look so festive served on a white plate! Just LOVE it! And this sweet balsamic glaze on top… YUMMY!

  19. Brussels sprouts are a favorite in my home. These sound fantastic and I want to put this balsamic reduction on everything.

  20. BOO!  that link is no good.  This looks great.  

  21. The link for this recipe doesn’t exist. Can you please post this recipe.

    Thank you!