Recipe Box, Bourbon Glazed Brussels Sprout & Bacon Kebabs

“I thought you could use this on your table or something Mom,” said HHjr as he came in with a huge stalk of Brussels sprouts.   He so gets me!  I can’t think of anything I’d rather have to decorate with than fresh produce!

brussels sprout tree

It was the day before Thanksgiving, and my table was set but I hadn’t given a thought to decor in the kitchen where we would be serving…

brussels sprout centerpiece

with some fresh cranberries and a vase I had a Brussels sprout tree in no time at all!


It looked beautiful and fresh all weekend and on Sunday I knew exactly what I wanted to do with those pretty green globes




Time to make Bourbon Glazed Brussels Sprout & Bacon Kebabs!


This recipe will make you a rock star…yes, it is that good…


After a quick boil, thread the sprouts on skewers with partially cooked bacon pieces in between


HHjr grilled these, but you could do them in the oven


Brush them liberally with the bourbon glaze several times during cooking


and prepare to swoon with delight!

brussel sprout skewers

I can’t describe how good this is, you must try this for yourself!

bourbon glazed brussels sprouts and bacon

After a wild and crazy Thanksgiving Day and the crushing loss at the Iron Bowl, we decided to treat ourselves to a special meal last Sunday with filet mignon and these Bourbon Glazed Beauties~  It sure made us feel better and what a way to kick off the holidays!

Here’s the recipe:


Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American


  • skewers


  • 16 Brussels sprouts
  • 4 pieces thick sliced bacon
  • 2 T butter
  • 3 T brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • dash of cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt


  • Bring a saucepan of water to a boil and add Brussels sprouts and cook for 4-5 until just tender and still bright green. Drain and set aside. Cook bacon until just starting to brown but still pliable. Cut bacon strips into 4 pieces. Thread Brussels sprouts onto skewers with a folded piece of bacon in between them.
  • Heat a small sauce pan over medium heat and add butter. Cook until butter starts to brown and smell nutty, about 3 minutes. Whisk in brown sugar and cayenne and cook 2 more minutes. Remove pan from heat and slowly stir in bourbon. Return to heat and whisk constantly about 3 minutes until smooth and caramel like.
  • Grill or broil [place pan in middle of oven, not too close to broiler] basting frequently with glaze, and turning, until bacon is done and sprouts begin to char, 5-10 minutes. Serves 4
Keyword appetizer, bacon, bourbon glaze, Brussels sprouts, side dish, skewers

Happy December!


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10 Responses to “Recipe Box, Bourbon Glazed Brussels Sprout & Bacon Kebabs”
  1. Love Giada! Somehow I missed these, but I am thinking that we will be doing this while the kids are here over Christmas! They look delectable.

  2. Great post! We are eating brussels sprouts a few times a week right now so thank you for another way to present them!

  3. LindaG says:

    We love brussel sprouts, especially my husband and I love bacon. this is a great change. A must do. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Mary says:

    Oh these sound good Jenna! My dilemma is do I pin them to my ‘better with bourbon’ or ‘better with bacon’ boards? 🙂

  5. Wow, the Brussels look gorgeous as a decoration! Of course I would not have thought of this at all nor the delicious recipe! Wonderful. Thanks for sharing on the Blog Hop Blitz.

  6. Alana says:

    These look delicious!

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