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
!

Crispy Sweet and Savory Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites

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?

Fresh Brussel SproutsHow 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.

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

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
!

 

  • 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.