Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic in a white serving pan.

Balsamic bacon Brussel sprouts are flavorful, easy to make, and full of nutrients. Make this side dish recipe for dinner or a tasty snack!

I often write about flavor balance, and how the best recipes have a perfect balance of the five tastes: sweet, salty, bitter, sour, and umami.

It’s so important for anyone who loves cooking to be familiar with this concept, because it can truly take your meals to the next level.

My favorite recipes always achieve this balance, and these oven-roasted brussels sprouts with balsamic and bacon are a great way to highlight the tastes.

Here’s the breakdown of how each ingredient corresponds to a taste:

  • Brussels Sprouts: Bitter
  • Bacon: Salty, Umami
  • Balsamic: Sweet, Sour
  • Garlic: Sweet, Umami

Ingredients for Balsamic Bacon Brussel Sprouts

  • Brussels sprouts – Choose ones that are similar in size so they cook evenly. They should be firm and vibrant in color without too many yellowed outer leaves. Keep in mind that larger ones will take longer to cook.
  • Bacon – Thick-cut is preferable for this recipe, simply because there tends to be less fat than thinner slices. Also, try to choose a package that doesn’t have additional flavor or seasoning.
  • Olive oil – Feel free to use another neutral cooking oil, but make sure it has a high smoke point. Avocado and sunflower oil are great alternatives.
  • Garlic – You’ll need fresh cloves to make balsamic bacon brussel sprouts since they’ll be sliced instead of minced.
  • Balsamic reduction – If you don’t want to make your own, you can look for prepared balsamic reductions. Keep in mind that some have a lot of sugar.

What is balsamic reduction?

Balsamic reduction is simply balsamic vinegar that’s been reduced down to a syrup consistency with a concentrated flavor. When you simmer a liquid, it thickens as water evaporates, which is why it’s known as a reduction.

It’s my favorite salad dressing. You can make just enough for this recipe, or you can reduce a larger amount to keep on hand when you need it, which is what I usually do.

If you don’t want to use balsamic reduction, this recipe is still great with regular balsamic vinegar. But I highly recommend using the reduction for maximum flavor!

Check out my step-by-step photo tutorial on how to make balsamic reduction.

How to Roast Brussels Sprouts

Step 1: PREP THE BACON

I recommend starting by par-cooking the bacon in the microwave to remove some of the fat. Again, more moisture in the oven leads to mushy veggies.

To par-cook bacon: Place the bacon on a microwave-safe plate lined with paper towels. Cover with extra paper towels, then microwave for 60-75 seconds. Gently press on the bacon to soak up any fat released.

Trust me, there will still be plenty of bacon fat and flavor in the final dish!

Raw bacon on a paper towel-lined plate

Slice the bacon into pieces. Don’t slice them too thinly, because they will shrink in the oven. Mine were about 1/2-inch cuts.

Cutting bacon into strips on a cutting board with a chef’s knife

Step 2: ROAST THE BRUSSELS SPROUTS AND BACON

Preheat the oven to 425° F., and line a sheet pan with foil or parchment paper. Toss the brussels with olive oil, salt, and pepper, then spread in a single layer.

Spread the bacon around the pan, then roast for around 13-15 minutes.

A foil-lined sheet pan topped with raw brussels sprouts, bacon, olive oil, salt and pepper.

 
Step 3: ROAST THE BRUSSELS SPROUTS AND BACON

Preheat the oven to 425° F., and line a sheet pan with foil or parchment paper. Toss the brussels with olive oil, salt, and pepper, then spread in a single layer.

Spread the bacon around the pan, then roast for around 13-15 minutes.

A foil-lined sheet pan topped with partially roasted brussels sprouts, bacon, olive oil, sliced garlic, salt and pepper.

Step 4: STIR AND ADD GARLIC

At the halfway point, stir and gently flip the ingredients to make sure they roast evenly on both sides. Eat any of those crunchy brussels sprouts chips that look like they’re ready!

This is also the best time to add the garlic. Thinly sliced garlic doesn’t need that long in the oven, so this will give it plenty of time to cook and crisp up a bit without burning.

fully roasted brussels sprouts with bacon just out of the oven, still on the sheet pan.

Total roasting time will vary based on the size of the brussels sprouts. On average, it takes somewhere between 20-25 minutes. You know they’re ready when there’s a good amount of caramelization on both sides.

Step 5: DRIZZLE WITH BALSAMIC REDUCTION

Drizzle with as little or as much balsamic as you like (I like a lot), then serve immediately. 

balsamic reduction drizzled over roasted brussels and bacon.

Recipe Notes and Substitutions

  • Don’t like brussels sprouts? That’s ok! You can substitute broccoli, or make my recipe for roasted broccoli instead.
  • Use regular balsamic vinegar. If you don’t feel like making a reduction, you can toss the sprouts with some regular balsamic vinegar after removing them from the oven.Since it’s thinner, you may not need as much, so start with a tablespoon or two at a time.
  • Storage and reheating: While these are best fresh from the oven, they will keep in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. Reheat in the oven or in a pan on the stove to get them crispy again.

OTHER SIDE DISH RECIPES

If you love this side dish recipe, there are others you should check out! Crispy Oven-Roasted Potatoes pair well with practically everything. Chinese Eggplant with Spicy Garlic Sauce and Roasted Green Beans with Parmesan, Almonds, and Lemon are perfect for a fancier dinner side.

I also love these Crispy Hasselback Potatoes from Simply Recipes. 

You can see my full archive of side dishes recipes here!

balsamic bacon Brussel sprouts in square serving pan

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Balsamic Bacon Brussel Sprouts

4.67 from 3 votes

Balsamic bacon Brussel sprouts are flavorful, easy to make, and full of nutrients. Make this side dish recipe for dinner or a tasty snack!

Course Side Dish

Cuisine American

Keyword How to Roast Brussels Sprouts, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe, Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 25 minutes

Total Time 35 minutes

Servings 3 – 4 servings

Calories 259

Ingredients

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Notes

Learn more about how to season recipes to taste! It’s an easy yet important skill to learn. I like a lot of pepper, more so than the average person. If you learn to season based on your own personal preferences, you’ll have a lot more control over the outcome!
If you don’t want to use balsamic reduction, you can substitute regular balsamic vinegar. Instead of drizzling the syrupy reduction over the veggies at the end, simply toss them with some balsamic vinegar before serving. Since the vinegar is a much thinner consistency, you might use less. Toss the balsamic with the brussels 1-2 tablespoons at a time until the desired flavor is reached.

Please read my full post for additional recipe notes, tips, and serving suggestions!

Nutrition

Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 272mg | Potassium: 546mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 885IU | Vitamin C: 100mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 2mg

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