Grilled Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & BBQ Sauce

Grilled Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & BBQ Sauce

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It only takes one bite of these grilled brussels sprouts with bacon and bbq sauce, to turn you into a brussels sprouts lover forever. With each bite of the Brussels sprouts, you get the rich smokiness of the crisp bacon, sweet pops of the savory onions and garlic, and the tangy barbecue sauce that rounds out the grilled flavor you crave.

The brussels sprouts are grilled in a cast iron pan with rendered bacon fat, onions, garlic, and a bbq spice blend until tender. Once tender, bbq sauce and crispy bacon are added to the brussels sprouts making them impossible to resist.

bowl full of trimmed and sliced brussels sprouts

Brussels sprouts are a fall vegetable that makes for a quick and easy side dish for camping or to accompany your smoked turkey at Thanksgiving or Christmas.

David loves frozen microwaveable brussels sprouts. Supposedly they are “broiled in butter”, ha! I’ve never been able to tolerate the smell much less eat one. I finally tried raw brussels sprouts a few years ago and found out I love them when I made Apple Pecan Brussels Sprout Salad for the first time. However, we both agree on these grilled brussels sprouts.

brussels sprouts on stalk

How To Purchase Brussels Sprouts:

Brussels sprouts can either be found in your local grocery store packaged or still on the stalk. Always go for brussels sprouts still on the stalk. They are fresher on the stalk and usually are a set price versus by weight.

Typically there are about two pounds of brussels sprouts on a 2 to 4-foot stalk of brussels sprouts. When shopping for brussels sprouts, look for the following:

  • Bright green heads that are firm and heavy for their size. 
  • Tightly packed leaves that are not yellow and do not have black spots. 
  • Smaller Brussels sprouts are usually sweeter and more tender than larger ones.

Learn more about brussels sprouts [HERE].

ingredients to make recipe

Equipment & Ingredients Needed

This is a quick grill recipe, so it’s important to have all your equipment and ingredients prepared and ready to go before you light the grill.

Equipment:

  • Large Cast Iron Skillet
  • Grilling Gloves or Mitt
  • Spatula or Tongs

Ingredients: 

  • bacon
  • dice onion
  • brussels sprouts, cut in half with stems trimmed
  • minced garlic
  • BBQ spice rub
  • barbecue sauce
grilled brussels sprouts in pan on grill

How To Make Grilled Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and BBQ Sauce

  1. Set up the grill for direct heat. Preheat a cast-iron skillet over direct heat. Add the bacon to the skillet and cook until the bacon is crisp; about 2-4 minutes.

    bacon cooking in pan
  2. Remove the bacon from the skillet and allow it to drain on paper towels, reserving the bacon fat in the pan.
  3. Stir in the onions, brussels sprouts, tossing them around in the bacon fat. Add the garlic and bbq spice blend. Toss to coat.
  4. Cover the grill with the lid and grill the brussels sprouts for about 15 minutes, or until tender.

    spatula stirring brussels sprouts in pan on grill
  5. Dice up the bacon and add it to the brussels sprouts and pour in the bbq sauce. Cook for another 5-10 minutes with the lid on.
  6. Remove the brussels sprouts from the grill. Season with salt and fresh cracked black pepper, to taste. Stir well.
  7. Serve hot with extra bbq sauce if desired.
grilled brussels sprouts with bacon and barbecue sauce in pan on grill

CHECK OUT OUR VIDEO ON HOW TO GRILL BRUSSELS SPROUTS:

The Advantage to Grilling Brussels Sprouts Outdoors!

Although brussels sprouts are delicious, pardon me for my bluntness, but they can like ass, due to the rich in hydrogen sulfide gases that are emitted when cooking them. Grilling them outside so your house won’t stink. That is definitely a plus, especially when you may have friends and family coming over this holiday season.

pouring sauce into pan on grilled brussels sprouts with mountain view

We hope you enjoy this recipe this holiday season. If you do, give us a star-rating and leave us a review in the comments below!

grillled brussels sprouts in cast iron pan
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Grilled Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and BBQ Sauce

It only takes one bite of these grilled brussels sprouts with bacon and bbq sauce, to turn you into a brussels sprouts lover forever!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Barbecue, BBQ
Keyword bacon, barbecue sauce, bbq sauce, brussels sprouts, grilled
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 143kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 strips bacon
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 pound brussels sprouts cut in half with stems trimmed
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • BBQ Spice Rub use your favorite bbq rub
  • ½ cup barbecue sauce use your favorite

Instructions

  • Set up the grill for direct heat. Preheat a cast-iron skillet over direct heat.
  • Add the bacon to the skillet and cook until the bacon is crisp; about 2-4 minutes.
  • Remove the bacon from the skillet and allow it to drain on paper towels, reserving the bacon fat in the pan.
  • Stir in the onions, brussels sprouts, tossing them around in the bacon fat. Add the garlic and bbq spice blend. Toss to coat.
  • Cover the grill with the lid and grill the brussels sprouts for about 15 minutes, or until tender.
  • Dice up the bacon and add it to the brussels sprouts and pour in the bbq sauce. Cook for another 5-10 minutes with the lid on.
  • Remove the brussels sprouts from the grill. Season with salt and fresh cracked black pepper, to taste. Stir well.
  • Serve hot with extra bbq sauce if desired.

Video

Notes

About Brussels Sprouts: Brussels sprouts can either be found in your local grocery store packaged or still on the stalk. Always go for brussels sprouts still on the stalk. They are fresher on the stalk and usually are a set price versus by weight. Typically there are about two pounds of brussels sprouts on a 2 to a 4-foot stalk of brussels sprouts.
When shopping for brussels sprouts, look for the following:
  • Bright green heads that are firm and heavy for their size. 
  • Tightly packed leaves that are not yellow and should not have black spots. 
  • Smaller Brussels sprouts are usually sweeter and more tender than larger ones.
This is a quick grill recipe, so it’s important to have all your ingredients prepared and ready to go before you light the grill.

Nutrition

Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 362mg | Potassium: 405mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 623IU | Vitamin C: 66mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg
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