Cider-Glazed Brussels Sprouts and Bacon

Serves 8 to 10
1 pound thick-cut bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
3 pounds Brussels sprouts, halved through the stem
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup unfiltered apple cider
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

Arrange 2 racks to divide the oven into thirds. Divide the bacon between 2 rimmed baking sheets and spread into an even layer. Place the baking sheets in the oven and heat to 400°F.

Place the Brussels sprouts in a large bowl or pot (something large enough to easily toss them), drizzle with the olive oil, sprinkle with the salt and pepper, and toss to combine. Remove the hot baking sheets from the oven. Stir the bacon. Divide the sprouts between the 2 sheets, and arrange them cut-side down into an even layer.

Roast for 15 minutes. Remove the baking sheets from the oven and stir the Brussels sprouts and bacon. Return the baking sheets to the oven, switching them between racks and rotating them from front to back. Roast until browned and tender, 12 to 15 minutes more, depending on the size of the Brussels sprouts. Meanwhile, make the glaze.

Heat the apple cider, brown sugar, and apple cider vinegar in a small saucepan over high heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Cook until it’s reduced by about half and thickened, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from the heat.

When the Brussels sprouts are ready, remove the baking sheets from the oven. Turn the oven off. Combine the Brussels sprouts onto one baking sheet, drizzle the glaze over the sprouts, and stir to combine. Return the baking sheet to the turned-off oven and let sit until the Brussels sprouts absorb some of the glaze, about 2 minutes more.

Recipe Notes
Make ahead: The Brussels sprouts can be halved and stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 day.
Storage: Leftover roasted Brussels sprouts can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
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3 COMMENTS
hudsonheat
2 months ago
To the author. I’m confused by the first directions. It say s to put the bacon on the cookie sheets and preheat the oven to 400 deg F. The next direction says to put the Brussel sprouts on the hot cookie sheets. How long are we supposed to cook the bacon the first time before adding Brussel sprouts?
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SBGBlogs
4 weeks ago
@hudsonheat I had the exact same question. I ended up cooking the bacon and then adding the brussels sprouts after. The bacon didn’t burn at all, but the sprouts didn’t get particularly crispy like the recipe says they will so I’m thinking you probably preheat the cookie sheets, then add the bacon & sprouts all at once.
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SBGBlogs
4 weeks ago
@SBGBlogs Actually (I was literally making them as I typed that) I think you’re fine to do it as written! So to reiterate:

Bake the bacon first, then add brussels sprouts and bake together, then add glaze.

Mine just needed an extra 5 minutes to brown up now they look just like the pic. Hope this helps!
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