Bacon and Brussels

  • Author: Mandy Pagano
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Category: Sides, Vegetables
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


A delightfully savory and tangy twist on traditional bacon Brussels sprouts. This is my family’s favorite way to eat them! 


  • 1/4 cup (4 fl oz/ 118 ml) bacon drippings
  • 1 3/4 oz (50 g) onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb (16 oz/ 454 g) Brussels sprouts
  • 2 tbsp. (1 fl oz/ 30 ml) apple cider vinegar
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1.5 oz (43 g) bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled


  1. Trim, rinse, and quarter your sprouts, and set aside.
  2. In a skillet, heat bacon drippings over medium-high heat. Once the drippings are hot, add onions and sweat them for one minute.
  3. Add sprouts, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring constantly, until sprouts are starting to brown. I suggest beginning with 1 tsp salt and several good turns of fresh black pepper, but I like mine good and salty. If you don’t like salty sprouts, start with 1/2 tsp salt and adjust from there.
  4. Add the minced garlic to the skillet and stir for another 30 seconds.
  5. Pour in the cider vinegar to deglaze the pan, and continue to cook while stirring and scraping up any bits that may be stuck to the bottom. Should take another minute or two, or until the sprouts are done to your liking.
  6. Taste and add additional salt and pepper, if desired. Toss in the bacon, mix well, then remove from the heat and serve.


1/6 recipe: 151 cal, 5.3 g protein, 11.4 g fat, 8 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 5 g NET carbs


  • Serving Size: 1/6 recipe

Keywords: Brussels sprouts, sides, bacon, holiday