Balsamic Bacon Brussels Sprouts

This Balsamic Bacon Brussels Sprouts recipe are not the brussels sprouts I grew up with, and we can all be thankful for that.

Balsamic Bacon Brussels Sprouts - this brussel sprouts healthy side dish is an easy one pan recipe that goes great with chicken, steak or Christmas dinner.

Growing up, the only brussels sprouts I knew were the Green Giant frozen ones. You know, the ones in a bag that you heat up in boiling water? They were so gross, not even cheese could save them (you know it’s bad when an unhealthy cheese sauce that smothered all the green that you could see didn’t improve the taste).

I always thought that’s how brussels sprouts tasted and I’m happy to report that they’re not. So if you grew up with the same experiences, give fresh brussels sprouts a chance! You’ll love these Balsamic Bacon Brussels Sprouts, because if all else fails – bacon.

Balsamic Bacon Brussels Sprouts - this healthy side dish is an easy one pan recipe that goes great with chicken, steak or Christmas dinner.

A couple of weeks ago I made Cranberry Balsamic Chicken with Roasted Vegetables. The vegetables (spoiler alert) were brussels sprouts and I was surprised that I liked them, a lot. I had only made brussels sprouts once before that and they were okay, not my favorite but okay. So as I said, I was surprised that I went back for seconds.

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This recipe is really good. I served them with Hasselback potatoes (smothered in olive oil, Epicure pesto mix, garlic powder, salt, and pepper) and grilled steaks. I love Friday nights aka steak night.

Balsamic Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Balsamic Bacon Brussels Sprouts - this brussel sprouts healthy side dish is an easy one pan recipe that goes great with chicken, steak or Christmas dinner.

You know what’s even better than brussels sprouts with bacon? This recipe is paleo and Whole30 approved (depending on the bacon you buy of course), so if you’re following a specific lifestyle this recipe can be added to your meal plan.

Note: I Googled if it was paleo diet friendly and got mixed answers because of the balsamic vinegar. If you’re super strict, I’d say no but if you’re a little lenient, enjoy. 

Balsamic Bacon Brussels Sprouts


  • 2 lbs Brussels sprouts, ends chopped, peeled and sliced in half
  • 1/4 large red onion, diced
  • 3 slices of bacon, diced (I used Lazy Maple flavored bacon for an even more delicious taste)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp balsamics vinegar


  1. Pre-heat oven to 400F
  2. Arrange the sliced brussels sprouts, red onion and bacon evening over a baking sheet.
  3. Sprinkle with the garlic powder and olive oil.
  4. Mix around with your hands to combine
  5. Add the salt, pepper, and finish by sprinkling the balsamic vinegar over the sheet.
  6. Roast for 35-40 minutes, at the 20 minute mark take them out of the oven, stir and put them back in.
  7. Serve with extra balsamic, if desired.

Did you like brussels sprouts as a kid? How about now?

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13 comments on “Balsamic Bacon Brussels Sprouts”

  1. Thank you for sharing with us at the Merry Monday party! Happy Christmas season to you.

  2. Was the bacon precooked? Or cooked with the dish in the oven?

  3. Yum, looks great! Thanks for sharing with the Delicious Dishes Recipe party this week!

  4. I would love to make these, the husband wont touch brussel sprouts.

  5. The only person in my family who hates brussels sprouts is my brother.. so imagine my surprise when I made this side dish for dinner and he ate half the plate. I mean.. absolutely devoured it. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  6. I love brussel sprouts and bacon but have never tried to add balsamic vinegar to anything, I think it’s time to pick some up

  7. I just love brussel sprouts!! And if you add bacon I think I would be in heaven!! Yummy so must try!! 🙂

  8. This sounds so flavourful!

  9. Is there an alternative to bacon you can suggest?

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