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Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts
This side dish is sweet, smoky, and savory.


  • 8 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped

  • 2 lb. Brussels sprouts

  • 1 tsp. kosher salt

  • 1/8 tsp. ground cayenne pepper, plus more to taste

  • 1/2 c. dried, unsweetened cranberries

  • 1/4 c. apple juice

  • 1/4 c. maple syrup


  1. In a large cast-iron skillet, cook the bacon oven medium-high for 6-8 minutes or until crispy. Using a slotted spoon, remove the bacon from the skillet and drain on a paper towel lined plate. 

  2. Add the Brussels sprouts to the skillet, stirring well to coat with the bacon grease. Reduce heat to medium and cook without stirring for 6 minutes or until the sprouts start to brown/caramelize. Stir in the salt and red pepper and continue to cook an additional 6 - 8 minutes or until Brussels sprouts are just tender.

  3. Stir in the cranberries, apple juice, and maple syrup. Cook 3 minutes, stirring to coat the Brussels sprouts. Add the cooked bacon and stir to combine. Serve immediately. 

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