Balsamic Bacon Brussels Sprouts


If there was a number one requested recipe from everything I make, this is it hands down. We eat this particular dish pretty often at home, and its become a staple when asked to bring a vegetable to a holiday gathering. I may have even chosen this recipe to share simply so I could have an excuse to make a batch for lunch.



  • 2 lbs whole fresh brussesls sprouts
  • 4 pieces extra thick bacon (*We prefer the applewood smoked from Trader Joe’s because its nitrate free)
  • 1 tbs chopped garlic
  • your favorite olive oil
  • Trader Joe’s Balsamic Glaze






1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

2. Halve the brussels sprouts and set aside in a mixing bowl.

3. Chop the bacon into generous size pieces. I like to slice the bacon into mini strips along the width of each piece.


4. Place bacon into a fry pan. Cook for a 1-2 minutes over low-medium heat until bacon starts to foam.
5. Add garlic to the bacon and cook for an additional 2 minutes.

6. Add brussels sprouts to the pan. Toss the  sprouts until they are coated evenly in the bacon grease. Drizzle with olive oil and continue stirring until all the sprouts are coated.


7. Sautée the sprouts over low-medium heat for 5 minutes.

8. When the sprouts begin to lightly brown, trasfer the entire pan to the oven.

9. Bake the pan for 20 minutes.


10. Remove pan from the oven. Drizzle sprouts generously with the balsamic glaze and toss until coated.

11. This dish is best served hot, directly from the pan. Do not cover the sprouts if placing them into a serving bowl, as the steam will cause the sprouts to wilt and grow more bitter.







  1. RK says

    Did you/your family Like brussel sprouts before this recipe? We are not a fan, but this recipe does sound tempting. So, I’m trying to determine if it’s worth a shot. Haha. Plus, we love Trader Joe’s!

    • says

      It’s a HUGE favorite in our family. Even little Jack eats them with no complaint! We make it super regularly now.

      And I’m like a walking advertisement for Trader Joe’s :)

      • RK says

        Haha, I know. I’ve tried some of the other Trader Joe’s creations you’ve shared on Facebook in the past. Like naan pizza. :) I may have to brave the brussel sprouts after my next TJ trip…!

    • lorie says

      i am going 2 make this dish for Thanksgiving i never ate brussel sprout but i like cabbage it looks good

  2. says

    I’m going to make these for Thanksgiving for my two bacon-loving stepsons and my son. They make brussels a little more special for the holidays. How could this recipe be anything but delish?