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Bacon Brussels Sprouts

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Make these yummy Brussel sprouts and bacon with this easy 5-ingredient recipe. Get that salty, savory punch of flavor from the bacon with a healthy, tender side dish that’s sure to become a family favorite!


  • 2 lbs Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 1 lb bacon, sliced into bite-size pieces
  • ½  tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper (optional)
  • Splash of balsamic vinegar (optional)


  1. Slice the bacon into bite-size pieces and cook in a large skillet until it’s done. (I use my 12” cast iron skillet).
  2. Line a plate with paper towels and use a slotted spoon to remove the bacon from the pan to the plate. Keep the bacon grease in the pan. (See notes below.)
  3. As the bacon is cooking, trim the ends of the Brussels sprouts and cut them in half from top to bottom.
  4. When the bacon is done, add the Brussels sprouts to the pan and stir well to coat with bacon grease. Cook over medium heat and stir every 5-7 minutes or so. Cook until the Brussels sprouts are tender, about 20-25 minutes.
  5. Season the Brussels sprouts with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and crushed red pepper and stir well. Add the bacon, stir well, and serve!


  • If you have more than a few tablespoons of grease in your skillet, drain the bacon grease into a glass jar and set aside (we purposely keep peanut butter jars or jelly jars for this). That way you can add more if you need it, but your vegetables won’t be too greasy in the end.
  • I don’t add the balsamic vinegar anymore, but you may need a splash if your family thinks the Brussels sprouts are bitter. Just a splash though!