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These roasted Brussels sprouts with smoky bacon, pecans and maple syrup are so addictive you’ll want eat them right out of the oven.

roasted brussels sprouts

Thanksgiving just snuck up on me this year, so I’ve only got one week to share some new holiday recipes with you. First up, these golden roasted brussels sprouts with bacon, toasted pecans, and maple syrup. They’re so addictive, it’s hard to resist eating the entire pan right out of the oven.

What you’ll need to make roasted brussels sprouts

How to make them

Begin by toasting the pecans in a 350-degree oven. Keep a close eye on them as they burn quickly! When the nuts are cool, coarsely chop them.

Next, cook the bacon. You can do this in a frying pan or in the oven, but not in the microwave as you’ll need the rendered fat to cook the brussels sprouts. I think it’s easiest to cook bacon in the oven, as you don’t have to flip it or deal with curling pieces or splattering fat. Simply arrange the bacon slices in a single layer on a baking sheet.

Bake for about 15 minutes until crisp and golden.

Transfer the bacon to a plate lined with paper towels to drain the fat, and then finely chop.

Toss the brussels sprouts with the rendered fat from the bacon, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Roast for about 20 minutes, until the brussels sprouts are golden brown and caramelized in spots.

They’ll be delicious as is, but tossing them with maple syrup and balsamic vinegar will make them even better.

Transfer the brussels sprouts to a serving dish and cover until ready to serve (the dish may be prepared in advance up to this point). Right before serving, top with chopped nuts and crispy bacon. Enjoy!

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Pecans & Maple Syrup

These roasted Brussels sprouts with smoky bacon, pecans and maple syrup are so addictive you’ll want eat them right out of the oven.

Servings: 4-6
Total Time: 40 Minutes


  • ½ cup pecans
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 2 pounds brussels sprouts, halved (stem and ragged outer leaves removed)
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2½ tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with heavy duty aluminum foil.
  2. Place pecans on the prepared baking sheet and bake until lightly toasted and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Keep a close eye on them, as they can burn fast. Transfer the pecans to a cutting board and chop coarsely. Set aside.
  3. Turn the oven heat up to 400 degrees. Lay the bacon strips out flat on the same foil-lined baking sheet, leaving space in between so they don't overlap. Roast for 12-20 minutes, rotating the pan from front to back midway through, until the bacon is crisp (cooking time will depend on thickness of bacon). Transfer bacon to a plate lined with paper towels; pour rendered bacon fat into a small dish and then discard aluminum foil. When bacon is cool, finely chop.
  4. Turn the oven heat up to 425 degrees, and line the baking sheet with fresh aluminum foil. Using a rubber spatula, toss the brussels sprouts with the rendered bacon fat, olive oil, salt and pepper directly on the baking sheet. Roast, stirring midway through with rubber spatula to promote even browning, until brussels sprouts are tender and caramelized, about 20 minutes. Add balsamic vinegar and maple syrup and toss to coat evenly. Taste and adjust seasoning, then transfer to a serving dish. Right before serving, top with chopped pecans and bacon. Serve hot or warm.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (5 servings)
  • Calories: 376
  • Fat: 29 g
  • Saturated fat: 6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 22 g
  • Sugar: 8 g
  • Fiber: 8 g
  • Protein: 11 g
  • Sodium: 570 mg
  • Cholesterol: 22 mg

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Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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  • O.M.G….. Amazing.
    Hubby and I will def. be making this again.

    • — Audrey Martinez on July 7, 2023
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  • Had this lovely combination at a Christmas lunch and loved it (usually hate sprouts) Decided to google it and here is the exact recipe! Will enjoy my sprouts on Christmas Day now! Many thanks.

    • — Jan Simpson on December 17, 2022
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  • This recipe sounded so delicious that I broke my rule to not make a new-to-me recipe for guests and made it for Thanksgiving. It was a big hit! I will definitely make this again and again. Thanks, Jenn.

    • — Deb on November 27, 2022
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  • Hi Jenn’
    Is 2lb Brussels sprouts counted before or after you trim them?
    THnak you so much!
    Cannot wait , I’m bringing these to a party

    • — Melissa Pickard on December 31, 2021
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    • Before 🙂

      • — Jenn on December 31, 2021
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  • Add one cup of dried cranberries reconstituted with 3 cups of boiling water in a bowl for 10 minutes. Drain and add to the rest of the ingredients.

    • — Don Deamer on December 4, 2021
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  • can this be made one or 2 days ahead and refrigirate?

    • — Carmen D Berrios on November 24, 2021
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    • Sure, they can be made a day ahead and you can include the syrup and vinegar — I’d just hold off on the nuts and bacon until after you reheat them.

      • — Jenn on November 24, 2021
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      • how do you reheat?

        • — Judy on December 18, 2021
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        • Hi Judy, I’d reheat them in a 350°F oven for about 15 minutes, or until hot. I’d prepare everything in advance, but hold off adding the nuts and bacon until after you reheat them. Hope you enjoy!

          • — Jenn on December 20, 2021
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  • This was delicious. I put my sprouts in a zip loc and coated them that way but I didn’t cut mine in half cause they were small enough..I added honey and more vinegar and more maple syrup. I also put garlic in it and OMGOSH….AWESOME I put it all in a skillet and did the browning and finishing touches.

    • — Sandy Kittle on November 10, 2021
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  • Is there a substitute for the maple syrup?

    • — Viki Norman on October 29, 2021
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    • Hi Viki, You can replace the maple syrup with honey. Please LMK how it turns out if you try it!

      • — Jenn on November 1, 2021
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  • I have 25 year old aged balsamic. Should I use this or buy some at the grocery?

    • — Ellen Young on October 27, 2021
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    • Hi Ellen, I’d buy some at the store. 🙂

      • — Jenn on October 27, 2021
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      • I made this without the pecans cause they are way too expensive where I live. But hey, roasted brussel sprouts with bacon, balsamic vinegar and a brown sugar simple syrup is just as good!!

        • — Carmine on November 2, 2022
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  • This recipe is great! I made it for a friend’s gathering and it was delicious. Thank you for the recipe Jenn!

  • This is a hit for every family gathering. I usually leave the nuts out and it’s still amazing!

  • Made these this past Christmas, and once since, and I’m sure many more times! I’ve made incarnations of this recipe a number of times, but this one has been by far the best. Many other recipes call for the sprouts to be roasted along with the bacon, and I find that just doesn’t work unless you’re using good size lardons of bacon. Even then they can burn.

    I like that you toss the sprouts in the rendered fat in this recipe… no waste of good flavor! And since all special occasion meal (and every other meal) has been only me and my partner since March 2020, I also like that the bacon and pecans are added after the fact, so hubby and I can just serve the sprouts we’ll eat that night, and put aside the sprouts, bacon and pecans in separate containers for leftovers… heat the sprouts on their own and then sprinkle with the pecans and bacon. They seem much less like leftovers this way.

    Thanks, Jenn!

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