Crispy Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Maple Syrup

Are you looking for a roasted brussels sprouts recipe that may just change your life? The search is over. These candied brussels sprouts with bacon are what you’ve been looking for.

Baked roasted maple bacon brussels sprouts on parchment-lined baking sheet, on a tea towel.

I have made this brussels sprouts recipe five times (FIVE TIMES) in the past few weeks, each time not getting a photo because they were gobbled up too quickly. By me.

And also, it’s not easy getting an appetizing picture of something that’s charred and in that particular shade of green. But they are so good.  Like candy.

Key ingredients: brussel sprouts, maple syrup, olive oil and bacon
Partially cook the bacon in a frying pan.

I can’t. stop. EATING. THEM.

When I was growing up, we never had brussels sprouts except at my great aunt Lida’s house. And they were everything that you’d expect in a detestable vegetable – soggy, bitter, and putrid green.  I was a kid who’d eat ANYTHING, and I didn’t like these. This recipe is the anthesis to those.  If you, too, grew up thinking sprouts were disgusting, please try them this way and reconsider.

Candied Brussels Sprouts with bacon and maple syrup

How to Roast Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

The secret to perfectly crisped, chewy brussels sprouts?

Here are 3 important notes on how to roast brussels sprouts with bacon in the oven: 

  • remove the brussels sprouts’ outer leaves 
  • ensure brussels sprouts are cooked in a single layer
  • partially cook bacon before adding to sprouts
Chopping the brussel sprouts.

To make these heavenly, sweet, sticky brussels sprouts, I pull off as many of the outer leaves as possible and roast them alongside the little sprout hearts.

The leaves char up much crispier that way, and it helps prevent the sprouts from coming out undercooked or soggy in the middle.

Now, here’s the thing, it really is imperative that these little love-bombs roast in a single layer, or they’ll just steam which creates ‘soggy’ brussels sprouts – instead of baking to crispy perfection.

Twice, I made them on a single large baking sheet, and they’re just not as good. Even if they obviously *fit*, you need the space between sprouts for hot air to circulate. It really is best to use two pans.

The bacon is partially cooked before it hits the oven, where it crisps up fully with a drizzle of maple syrup to make it completely and utterly salty-sweet addictive.

Mixing the ingredients into the bowl.

Can Brussels Sprouts be Roasted in Advance?

These sprouts are excellent roasted a day in advance and just reheated in a small casserole dish the next day (if you can refrain from eating them all).

Just pop them in the oven alongside whatever else you’ve got cooking, at whatever temperature it’s cooking at (I mean, not on broil or anything), until they’re heated through.

Check frequently and give them a stir every now and then.

After roasting in the oven.
Baked roasted maple bacon brussels sprouts on parchment-lined baking sheet, on a tea towel.

The crispiest candied Brussels Sprouts with bacon and maple syrup

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Servings 4
Side Dish
American

Ingredients
 
 

  • 4 oz thick-cut bacon chopped
  • 1 lb brussels sprouts
  • ¼ cup avocado oil or other cooking oil
  • 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp kosher salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 450ºF (with convection, if you’ve got it).  Partially cook the bacon in a frying pan or in the microwave (3-4 minutes on high covered with a paper towel) until it renders its fat but is not crisp.
  • Pull off most of the outer leaves from the brussels sprouts and trim the tough stalk from the middle that remains. Toss leaves and sprouts with the oil, maple syrup, salt and bacon and arrange in a single layer on two parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake 8 minutes, give the pans a stir, remove any that are already charring to a serving platter, then bake about 8 minutes more (really depending how large they are), until sprouts are crispy and leaves are charring (start to watch closely as the maple syrup can burn).

Video

Nutrition

Calories: 330kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 7gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0.04gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 799mgPotassium: 531mgFiber: 4gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 866IUVitamin C: 96mgCalcium: 66mgIron: 2mg
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TRezac
TRezac
2 years ago

5 stars
These were the BEST part of our Thanksgiving dinner! My adult son asked me to make another batch for him to take home! Move over pie, we are eating brussel sprouts! Try them with about a 1/2 cup of craisins and 1 cup rough chopped walnuts! Delicious!

Lisa
Lisa
2 years ago

5 stars
This recipe is a keeper! They came out beautiful and delicious! After the first 8 min. of cooking, I just kept checking until I got the desired char. Since everyone’s oven is different, it may take longer to crisp and char–just be patient and check often.

Jen
Jen
4 years ago

The cook time is way off. Especially to call these “crispy”. I would give 8 minutes as a minimum.

Jen
Jen
4 years ago

The cook time is way off. Especially to call these “crispy”. I would give 8 minutes as a minimum.

Jen
Jen
4 years ago

The cook time is way off. Especially to call these “crispy”. I would give 8 minutes as a minimum.

Mike Jones
Mike Jones
2 months ago
Reply to  Jen

You just have a cheap air fryer. Stop it.

Jen
Jen
5 years ago

The cook time is way off. Especially to call these “crispy”. I would give 8 minutes as a minimum.

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