Bacon Wrapped Brussel Sprouts

filed under: Appetizers on May 11, 2019

Bacon Wrapped Brussel Sprouts are a fun way to eat your veggies!  Crisp maple and brown sugar glazed bacon wrapped around mouth-watering Brussel sprouts.  These are the perfect appetizer!    Bacon appetizers are some of my favorites, make sure to check out my recipe for Bacon Jalapeno Poppers Stuffed With Cream Cheese!

Bacon Wrapped Brussel Sprouts

I am always trying to whip together a new idea for appetizers around here.  It might be because we love bacon, it might be because I have a house filled to the brim with adults, teenagers, and children who love to eat and are ALWAYS hungry.  It might be a little bit of both.  Bacon Wrapped Brussel Sprouts came to life on a day when we were making also making Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms and had just got done making Parmesan Roasted Brussel Sprouts.  So, I happened to have a pile of Brussel sprouts and a pile of bacon.  I guess there are worse problems in life, right?

How to Prepare Brussel Sprouts

It really couldn’t be any easier.

  • Remove from stems. (if necessary)
  • Remove any browned edges or imperfections. (Peel back any leaves that have spots or are discolored. We give these to our chickens!)
  • Rinse well in cool water.
  • Dry completely.

Pro Tip: You can prepare your Brussel sprouts ahead of time and store in the refrigerator until you are ready to cook.

Fresh Brussel Sprouts

When preparing dishes with Brussel sprouts I take a couple of things into consideration:

  • Size– if they happen to be large, I will cut them in half before wrapping in bacon. If they are smaller, like the ones we harvested from our garden, I will wrap them whole. (these are also the best tasting in my opinion!)
  • Freshness– they should be green, not yellow or having black spots. They should also be very firm. If you can find Brussel sprouts still attached to the stem they will last much longer if stored in a cool, dry place.

Crispy sweet and savory caramelized bacon

Bacon Wrapped Brussel Sprouts with Maple Glaze

This maple glaze is the stuff dreams are made of.   Maple Syrup and brown sugar give it a sweet flavor, and the cayenne pepper gives this just the perfect amount of kick with just the right amount of spicy heat.  You can adjust the heat up or down by adding more or less of the cayenne pepper.  I believe what happens is that the fat renders from the bacon and seeps into all of the seasonings and naturally carmelizes the brown sugar and maple syrup and the result is a perfect blend of sweet and savory.

Bacon Wrapped Brussel Sprouts

How to Make the Perfect Bacon Wrapped Brussel Sprout

We made a few batches of these and we did learn a few things along the way, imagine that!

Bacon:  Normally I suggest using thick-cut bacon, but in this case, I take that all back.  Ok, I don’t take it ALL back, but for this particular recipe, I will recommend using high-quality thin cut bacon.  Why?  Cooking times.  Thick cut bacon takes a bit longer to crisp up, and for this recipe, you really want the thin cut bacon.  If you are set on using thick-cut bacon, you can solve this problem by pre-cooking the bacon to about half done.  You still want the bacon to be pliable enough that you can wrap it around the brussel sprout.  You also might want to wear gloves during the wrapping process so you don’t get a bacon grease burn.

Brussel Sprouts: Make sure they are fresh and relatively similar in size. You don’t want them too large, the extra big ones will need to be cut in half for this recipe or they will not cook all the way through.

Maple Glaze:  Generously, and I mean generously, coat the inside and the outside of each piece of bacon.  The oven will do the rest of the work for you.  You will not regret this.

Bacon Wrapped Brussel Sprouts on a Plate

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5 from 7 votes
Bacon Wrapped Brussel Sprouts
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins

Bacon Wrapped Brussel Sprouts are a fun way to eat your veggies!  Crisp maple and brown sugar glazed bacon wrapped around mouth-watering brussel sprouts.  These are the perfect appetizer!    Bacon appetizers are some of my favorites, make sure to check out my recipe for Bacon Jalapeno Poppers Stuffed With Cream Cheese!


Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bacon Wrapped Brussel Sprouts
Servings: 12
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 24  Baby brussel sprouts, or regular sized halved
  • 12  slices bacon
  • 1/4 cup  (80g) maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoon  brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 400° F
  2. Line a large baking sheet with foil.
  3. Clean and trim the ends of brussel sprouts.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together maple syrup, brown sugar, and cayenne pepper.
  5. Cut bacon in half crosswise, then brush bacon with syrup mixture.
  6. Wrap a slice of bacon around each brussel sprout, and place it seam side down on the baking dish.
  7. Brush the tops of bacon wrapped brussel sprouts with the remaining syrup mixture.
  8. Bake until crispy about 30-40 minutes.

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  • Fannie McCormac says:

    I would love to try your recipe

  • Alexander says:

    Sounds great. I cook for deli that serves Brussels sprouts. Going see how they workout. Thank you.

  • Lori swaim says:

    I did mine with reg bacon and garlic butter and parmesan they were delicious that way too!!

  • Betty Brockhoff says:

    Think I’ll try a couple of these in my air fryer to see how that will work. My oven goes on strike this time of year.

  • Donna says:

    They are Brussels Sprouts, like the city Brussels.

  • Alice Neu says:

    Thank you.This looks delicious

  • Sheila Acosta says:

    Going to try this tomorrow looks good

  • Margie Zellner says:

    Thank You for your recipes! This bacon, Brussels sprouts looks so good!

  • Steve Calleja says:


  • Addie Maston says:

    Great way to get lo carb satisfaction

  • Jay Nelson says:

    This Brussels sprouts and bacon looks awesome, easy to. Definitely going to try this.

  • Bridget says:

    I like to cook my Brussels and my bacon in my air fryer. Do you think these would work?

  • Lynn Nordell says:

    Love these recipes

  • Jeannie Olander says:

    Thanks for the great idea! We love Brussel Sprouts and we think bacon makes everything better, so we know this will be a win. Thank you for posting the great idea and the helpful hint of thin sliced bacon.

  • Blaine Nowocien says:

    Hi love to try this. My wife loves Brussels Sprouts and has turned me onto them as well and as always bacon makes everything good. Cooking the bacon and Brussels Sprouts at the same time how well do the Brussels Sprouts cook? Are they tender or crunchy. We like ours tender. Would love to hear back.
    Thank you for your time,

  • Jann Harper says:

    Thank you so much for this recipe. Please add me to your contacts.

  • Wilma says:

    can’t wait to try this recipe

  • John says:

    You are absolutely correct, but somehow, they taste exactly like Brussel Sprouts!

  • Carole says:

    I would love to try your recipe. Do you have any recipes for cauliflower? My husband hates it whenever I cook it because it smells up the kitchen. IS there a way to prevent this? I will await to hear from you.

  • Jo says:

    How about using Maple flavored bacon?

  • Linda says:

    Mine are in the oven now! Will let you know! Can’t wait to try them😁

  • Rich Avallone says:

    Sounds yummy

  • Joanne Rago says:

    I love your recipes, I’m going to try it next week, but skip the pepper, we don’t like hot spicy foods.

  • Janine says:

    Has anyone tried making in a air fryer? I love how bacon comes out and I usually roast my veggies in there.

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