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Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts with Sorghum Molasses & Bacon

A Southern twist on the familiar maple-bacon flavor combination. The air fryer cooks the Brussels Sprouts to crispy, roasted perfection while the sorghum adds a touch of rich sweetness. And bacon...well...what’s not to love about bacon!
Prep Time6 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time14 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 116kcal
Author: Kathleen Phillips | GritsAndGouda.com
Cost: 5



  • 2 slices bacon
  • 1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon sorghum or molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound fresh Brussels sprouts


  • Slice the bacon crosswise into 1/4 -inch wide strips. Sprinkle the bacon on the rack and air fry them for 2 minutes at 400 degrees.
  • Meanwhile, stir together the olive oil, sorghum, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Cut off the ends of the Brussels sprouts and cut them in half. Add them to the same bowl without stirring.
  • Add the partially cooked bacon to the Brussels sprouts and pour in any bacon drippings from the drip pan/basket. (It will be about 1 tablespoon.)
  • Stir everything together and spread it out in a single layer ion the air fryer rack.
  • Air fry at 400 degrees for 7 minutes or until the Brussels sprouts are tender, crispy, and glazed.


Roast Brussels Sprouts in the oven:  Combine the raw bacon with the Brussels sprouts and olive oil mixture or you can fry it in a skillet while you cut up the sprouts similarly to the air fryer method. Bake at 400F degrees on a foil-lined, greased baking sheet for 15 minutes. Stir once and bake an additional 5 to 10 minutes or until edges are browned.
Tip: Partially cooking the bacon while you cut the Brussels sprouts saves time and makes sure the bacon is crispy. It will release just the right amount of bacon drippings, then finish cooking with the Brussels sprouts. Bacon tends to be softer when roasted raw from the beginning with veggies.
Tip: Don't throw away those Brussels sprouts leaves that fall off when you cut them in half! Go ahead and roast them or save them to toss into a salad for later.
  • For plain and simple roasted Brussels Sprouts with bacon, just omit the glaze altogether and roast them without the sorghum molasses.


Calories: 116kcal