Maple Bourbon Brussels Sprouts are the ultimate Thanksgiving side dish! If you’re anything like us, you’ll end up making this savory veggie side dish all year long too. Brussels Sprouts are baked to golden brown perfection and smothered in the most mouthwatering maple bourbon glaze!
Brussels sprouts are always a good idea! They can be prepared in hundreds of different ways to best compliment an entree and are loaded with vitamins and nutrients. Enjoy more of our favorite recipes like Honey Sriracha Brussels Sprouts and Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes.
Maple Bourbon Brussels Sprouts
Thanksgiving just got a lot more delicious! Maple Bourbon Brussels Sprouts bring vibrant veggies and a sweet and savory sauce to your holiday plate. In our opinion, there’s always room for one more side dish!
These tender oven roasted brussels sprouts are deliciously enhanced by an easy to make maple bourbon sauce that’s so good, you may just want to drink it with a straw. Who knows, these caramelized brussels sprouts may get even more attention than the turkey!
How to Make Maple Bourbon Brussels Sprouts
Roasted brussels sprouts with maple bourbon glaze is a match made in heaven!
- Preheat your oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with foil. Spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray.
- Arrange the brussels sprouts flat side down on the baking sheet.
- Bake for about 20-30 minutes.
- Make the glaze while the veggies are baking.
- Bring the bourbon and balsamic vinegar to a boil.
- Stir in the maple syrup and lower the heat to medium high. Stir until the glaze thickens and reduces by half.
- Reduce the heat to low. Stir the cooked brussels sprouts to the pot. Stir to coat the veggies with the glaze.
Tips and Variations
- If you rinse your brussels sprouts prior to cooking them, make sure to also pat them dry with a paper towel. If they’re too wet, they’ll steam instead of roast.
- You don’t need a top shelf bourbon for this recipe. Since you’re cooking with it, the heat will get rid of any nuances you like about more expensive options anyways. A middle of the road bourbon is the way to go.
- Do try to use a good quality pure maple syrup for the best flavor! A thick pancake syrup won’t lend authentic maple flavor.
- The glaze gets thicker the longer you cook it. After adding the brussels sprouts, it thins out quite a bit and there's even extra leftover.
Storage: We don’t recommend storing these brussels sprouts. They’re best enjoyed the day they’re made.
How do I know when the brussels sprouts are finished cooking?
Use a fork to check for doneness. If the brussels sprouts are fork tender and golden brown in appearance, they’re fully cooked and ready to eat! You can always leave them in the oven for a little longer if you want them more browned, but make sure to keep a close eye on them so they don’t burn.
Can I add anything to this side dish recipe?
We think these Maple Bourbon Brussels Sprouts are pretty perfect the way they are! However, you can always add bacon right before you serve them… Because everything’s better with bacon, right?!
Recipe Card with Ingredient Amounts and Instructions
- 1 pound brussels sprouts, halved lengthwise
- 1 tablespoon(s) avocado oil, or other neutral tasting oil
- ½ tsp. kosher salt
- ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
- 2 ounces bourbon
- 1 tablespoon(s) balsamic vinegar
- ½ cup pure maple syrup
- Preheat the oven to 350°F, and line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil. Lightly spray the foil with cooking spray.
- Arrange the brussels sprouts, flat side down, on the baking sheet in a single layer. Roast for 20-30 minutes or the brussels sprouts are golden brown on the bottom and tender on top.1 pound brussels sprouts1 tablespoon(s) avocado oil½ tsp. kosher salt¼ tsp. ground black pepper
- While the brussels sprouts roast, make the maple bourbon glaze. In a large skillet, bring the bourbon and balsamic vinegar to a boil.2 ounces bourbon1 tablespoon(s) balsamic vinegar
- Pour in the maple syrup, and reduce the heat to medium high. Continue to stir until the glaze thickens and reduces by about half.½ cup pure maple syrup
- Reduce the heat to low, and add the cooked brussels sprouts to the pan. Stir gently to coat the brussels sprouts with the maple bourbon glaze.
- Serve warm! See post for tips and storage options.