Roasted Brussel Sprouts With Garlic and Bacon

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In this instructable I will show you how to cook Brussel Sprouts. I love this recipe for Roasted Brussel Sprouts with garlic and bacon. Growing up I did not like eating Brussel Sprouts, but now I love them! They are one of my favorite roasted veggies to eat. And it is a great recipe if you happen to be on the Keto diet. They are very easy to make, if I can do it you can do it, let's get started!

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Follow the easy steps below or watch the short video tutorial or do both! :)

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Step 1: Ingredients and Tools


  • About 1 pound of Brussel Sprouts, washed. (450g)
  • 2 to 3 Tbsp. of olive oil (30 to 45ml)
  • 4 to 6 garlic gloves, halved
  • 3 to 4 strips of bacon (certainly add more or less or leave it out)
  • 1 Tbsp. Balsamic vinegar (15ml)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • Garlic powder (to taste, not shown in the video, but I like adding it)


  • Cast iron or stainless steel skillet (oven safe) or use a 9x13 pan and skip the stovetop step
  • Tongs
  • Knife
  • Cutting board

Step 2: Prep Those Brussel Sprouts

First preheat the oven to 400 F (205 C). Make sure to wash and dry your Brussel sprouts. Next cut off about 1/4 inch of the ends. Then cut them in half lengthwise. If they are really large, cut them in 4ths. :) Prep the garlic by cutting each end, then removing the shell, then cut those in half. Prep the bacon, but taking 3 to 4 strips and cut them in small pieces.

Step 3: Time to Make Them Sizzle!

Take a cast iron or stainless steel (oven safe) pan and heat it up between medium and medium high heat. Add in most of your oil, and let the oil heat up for a few minutes. Then you can start to add the Brussel sprouts, cut side down.

Step 4: Turn, Add, Cook

Using your tongs you can turn over any Sprouts to have their cut side down, you don't have to get too crazy with it, I don't do them all. Then add in your garlic and bacon pieces. Let the Brussel Sprouts cook for a few minutes until the flat side looks nice and brown. Then place the pan in the oven. While in the oven, every 7 to 8 minutes take them out and move them around with tongs, to ensure even roasting. They will wind up cooking for about 30 minutes or so in the oven. You can skip the stovetop cooking step, and just add the Brussel sprouts, garlic, and bacon, in a 9x13 pan, and go straight in the oven. :)

Step 5: Season and Serve

When they come out of the oven they will look something like this. Next season them with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Then add in your balsamic vinegar. Now you are ready to serve! They taste the best warm, in my opinion. :) Enjoy! :)

Step 6: Video Tutorial

Now check out those steps in action by watching the short video tutorial. :)



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    12 Discussions


    4 weeks ago

    Can you suggest a substitution for the balsamic? My husband absolutely despises it.

    1 reply

    You could try a couple of tsp. of red wine vinegar with 1/4th tsp. of sugar. Or just leave it off all together. :)


    4 weeks ago

    ¡me encantan los repollitos de bruselas <3 !

    1 reply

    4 weeks ago

    I don't want this to sound sacrilegious, but I think we have a Holy Trinity here. You had me at Brussels Sprouts, you had me further at Bacon, and you REALLY had me at Garlic. I don't believe in reincarnation, but if it were true, I was an Italian in a previous life. :-p

    1 reply

    hahahaha love it! yeah these are super delish, give them a try sometime and let me know what you think, and I always add the extra garlic powder hehe even though I had fresh whole cloves in there. :) I also like to cook a few strips of bacon separate and crumble those up and add as a garnish on top for extra bacon and a bit of crispy crunch. mmmm


    4 weeks ago

    Brussel sprouts ARE the best... And your recipe covers just about
    everything to make them perfect! The only thing I usually add is
    something to make them a tad sweeter, even than with the Balsamic

    Slivers of dates are my first choice. Slivers of dried
    apricots and other fruits can also be used. Without solid fruits, I
    drizzle a little preheated orange marmalade, apricot jam, or similar,
    lightly over them.

    Also, my preference is to precook the bacon a
    bit and discard most of the bacon grease (entirely for health reasons),
    but I know I am losing some of the bacon flavor in that process.

    Thanks for posting this!

    1 reply

    Thanks! Yeah I prefer just the amount of sweetness the balsamic gives. haha, but usually I have some kind of treat later. Cool idea using dates! Definitely healthier to precook the bacon most of the way and discard the extra grease, but that grease is oh so yummy, so I never do that. LOL :)


    5 weeks ago

    It looks so yummy! I definitely will try your recipe.
    Thanks for sharing

    1 reply