1 pound brussels sprouts
5 strips of bacon
2 tablespoons bacon grease
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Cut the stems off the brussels sprouts and halve each one. Cook the slices of bacon to a crispy finish and crumble. Set aside the bacon grease to use in the next step. (Olive oil can be used in place of the bacon grease.)
Place the sliced brussels sprouts on the baking sheet. Drizzle with bacon grease, tossing to coat. Arrange the brussels sprouts flat side down. Bake for 18 minutes or until the tops are light brown in color.
Remove from the oven, flip each sprout, crumble the bacon over the sprouts and drizzle with the balsamic vinegar. Dust the sprouts with brown sugar and return the baking pan to the oven for approximately 10 minutes.
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