Spicy Candied Brussels Sprouts

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 0:30
Yields 3-4


  • 1/2 pound bacon, chopped
  • 10 ounces brussels sprouts, halved
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • lemon zest, for garnishing


  1. Place bacon in a large saute pan over medium heat. Cook bacon until crispy then remove and set aside. Remove excess bacon fat, leaving behind about 3-4 tablespoons in the pan.
  2. Place brussels sprouts cut side down in the pan and sprinkle with salt. Let brussels sprouts cook for about 4-5 minutes, until completely browned then turn over and repeat. Sprinkle with a bit more salt and garlic powder.
  3. Once cooked on both sides, reduce heat to medium-low then pour balsamic vinegar, hot sauce, and maple syrup into the pan, move around the brussels sprouts then let cook for 3-4 minutes, until the balsamic vinegar thickens then add bacon back to the pan and mix.
  4. Garnish with lemon zest before serving.


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