Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts

With a crispy salty exterior and a soft sweet interior, dip these brussels sprouts into lemon garlic sauce and you have a mini flavor bomb!
bacon wrapped brussels sprouts

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If you’re going to eat brussels sprouts, why not wrap them with bacon and smoke them?

These delicious nuggets are easy to make and so good! The salty bacon pairs well with the sweet nuttiness of brussels sprouts. Serve them up with a lemon garlic dipping sauce, and now you have a side dish that can’t be beaten.

a bacon wrapped brussels sprout on a toothpick

How to make bacon wrapped brussels sprouts 

Preheat your smoker to 225°F. I used my Traeger Timberline 1300 with Bear Mountain cherry pellets for this smoke.

If you don’t have a smoker you can make these in the oven.

You want to have really fresh brussels sprouts that are nice and green. Avoid any that are starting to turn yellow. 

Wash the sprouts and cut the tops off them. Cutting off the top removes the hard bit that was attached to the stem and allows the sprout to sit flat.  

unseasoned bacon wrapped brussels sprouts on a wire rack over metal tray

Take half a slice of bacon and wrap it around the brussels sprout. I like to insert a toothpick right through the sprout to ensure the bacon stays in place.

Make sure you use thin-cut bacon, it’s easier to wrap around the sprout and also renders better, and gets nice and crispy. 

seasoned bacon wrapped brussels sprouts on a silver tray in the smoker
I like to put a foil-covered tray underneath to catch any drips.

Give each brussels sprout a season. I used our Honey Garlic rub for this as it has a light hint of sweetness along with the savory.

Place your wrapped brussels sprouts, seam side down, on a wire rack, pop them into the smoker, and cook for 30 minutes.

cooked bacon wrapped brussel sprouts on a wire tray in the smoker

After 30 minutes, increase the temperature of your smoker to 375°F. The high heat is needed to render the fat in the bacon and to make them crispy. You don’t want soggy bacon, people! 

About 5 minutes before you remove the sprouts, brush each one with maple syrup. 

While your sprouts are cooking make the dipping sauce. Combine mayonnaise and sour cream, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt, and a dash or two of cayenne pepper.

a bacon wrapped brussel sprout on a toothpick being dipped into sauce.
This dipping sauce is totally optional as the sprouts are delicious on their own. 

This is a bright sauce with hints of garlic and just a kiss of heat from the cayenne. It’s the perfect compliment to the brussels sprouts and rounds out the dish. 

Brussels sprouts are a perfect side to serve with: 

bacon wrapped brussels sprouts

Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts wrapped in bacon with a honey garlic seasoning and maple glaze.
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Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Jordan Hanger

Ingredients

  • 16 oz brussels sprouts
  • 1 pack thin cut bacon
  • 1 tbsp Smoke Kitchen's Honey Garlic rub
  • ¼ cup maple syrup

Dipping Sauce

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • ½ tbsp garlic powder
  • dash of cayenne
  • chives to garnish

Instructions

  • Heat your smoker to 225°F.
  • Wash and cut the ends off the brussels sprouts.
  • Take half a slice of bacon and wrap it around each brussels sprout, securing with a toothpick.
  • Season each brussels sprout with Honey Garlic rub.
  • Smoke brussels sprouts at 225°F for 30 minutes.
  • Raise the temperature to 375°F and smoke for a further 45 minutes or until the bacon is crispy.
  • Five minutes before removing the brussels sprouts, brush with maple syrup.
  • For the dipping sauce, combine all the ingredients in a bowl and garnish with chives.

Notes

Where can I get Honey Garlic rub from? Our shop, Smoked Kitchen’s Honey Garlic rub.
What’s the best wood to use to smoke with? Nothing too strong, we used Bear Mountain cherry  pellets.
 
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