Balsamic Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Pecans is one of my favorite easy brussels sprouts recipes! These Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic, Bacon, and Pecans are packed with flavor and crunch and are utterly delicious and fool proof. Everyone (even the kids) loves this Roasted Balsamic Brussels Sprouts Recipe!
Heat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with foil.
Place pecans on prepared baking sheet and bake until fragrant and a little darker in color, approximately 3-5 minutes. Watch closely so they don’t burn. When done, transfer pecans to a heat-resistant bowl to cool and increase oven temperature to 425°F.
While pecans are toasting, cook the bacon pieces, over medium heat, in a medium-size skillet. Fry the bacon until crisp, then transfer bacon pieces to a bowl. Keep the bacon fat/drippings.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine Brussels sprouts, bacon fat, olive oil, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Spread the Brussels sprouts onto the same foil-lined baking sheet used for the pecans. Roast the sprouts 20 minutes or just until tender.
In a small bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar and maple syrup and pour the mixture over the Brussels sprouts. Toss lightly to coat the sprouts evenly, and place back in the oven for 5-8 minutes until caramelized. Do not allow the sprouts to burn.
Transfer baking sheet to a cooling rack, season to taste (if needed). When ready to serve, sprinkle the sprouts with toasted pecans and crispy bacon.