Bacon and Brussels Sprouts

by brenda on May 23, 2012

I shared this recipe in a newsletter back in the fall, but I figured that it should probably be on the site so that people can access it whenever they want! I did not think I would like Brussels Sprouts, but this recipe is SO, SO, SO good. My kids, especially Farm Boy 2, LOVE Brussels Sprouts now, thanks to this recipe!

Bacon and Brussels Sprouts

Rating: 51

Bacon and Brussels Sprouts


  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 2 TB butter or ghee
  • 2 shallot, chopped
  • 3 lbs Brussels Sprouts, trimmed, small spouts left whole, larger spouts halved
  • sea salt & black pepper
  • 2 c chicken broth, homemade is best


  1. Cook bacon in skillet over medium heat, then set aside on a paper towel.
  2. In the same pan, saute shallots in butter, add Brussels Sprouts, sea salt and pepper.
  3. Cook for about 3 minutes, then add the chicken broth.
  4. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cover.
  5. Simmer for 10 minutes, toss with bacon and serve.

The Cost of Making this Recipe Organic:

  • 6 slices bacon, chopped Whole Foods Applegate Farms Sunday Bacon .67 per slice $4.02   
  • 2 TB butter or ghee Whole Foods Horizon Organic .17 per TB, .34 total
  • 2 shallot, chopped Whole Foods Organic .52 each, $1.04 total
  • 3 lbs brussels sprouts, trimmed Trader Joes Organic $3.99 per pound (in a .875 pound package, so reduce the recipe to 3x .875 pound package…) $10.47 total
  • sea salt & black pepper Real Salt from Thrive Market .17 per teaspoon, Simply Organic Black Pepper from Thrive Market, .05 for 1/2 teaspoon, $0.22 total
  • 2 c chicken broth, homemade is best New Seasons Wild Harvest organic free range .50 per cup, $2.00 total

Total Cost = $18.09
Cost Per Serving = $2.26

The Cost of Making this Recipe Conventionally:

  • 6 slices bacon, chopped Fred Meyer Oscar Mayer Conventional .33 each, $1.98 total
  • 2 TB butter or ghee Fred Meyer Conventional Butter .11 per TB, .22 total
  • 2 shallot, chopped Fred Meyer Conventional .38 each .76 total
  • 3 lbs brussels sprouts, trimmed Fred Meyer Conventional Fred Meyer or Trader Joes Conventional $2.49 per pound, $7.47 total
  • sea salt & black pepper, Morton Iodized Salt Fred Meyer 2 cents per teaspoon, Black Pepper, Kroger from Fred Meyer, .025 per 1/2 teaspoon, $.04 total
  • 2 c chicken broth, homemade is best Fred Meyer Kroger Brand .32 per cut, .64 total

Total Cost = $11.11
Cost Per Serving = $1.39

Prices updated 2/3/2019

Why is it Important to Buy Organic/Real Food Ingredients for this Recipe?

  • Bacon Have you noticed the amount of fat in bacon? Don’t get me wrong, fat in general is not a bad thing. I am not anti-bacon because of the fat. I am anti-conventional bacon because of the fat. The very best bacon that can be bought is from farm-fresh, pasture raised, organically fed pigs. Fat has many important roles in the human and porcine body, and one of those roles is to store toxins that are not excreted (instead of storing them in vital organs, of course!). Eating bacon from pigs that were raised in enclosed buildings (no Vitamin D) and eating foods they were never meant to eat (GMO corn and soy) does not set the pig up to make the healthiest meat. Detox systems need to be functioning properly to get toxins out of the fat–this starts with digestion and a proper diet, and the poor food and lack of movement in enclosed pigs would suppress this. Also, it would require the pigs eating a clean diet, free of toxins. GMO corn and soy is, by definition, is sprayed with Round Up, which is toxic. Conventional bacon contains residual toxins from whatever the pigs were eating or exposed to. The cost difference between organic bacon and conventional bacon is roughly .34 per slice. If this cost difference is prohibitive to you, I recommend skipping bacon entirely. Every cell in our body gets it’s shape and structure from fat–please only choose good fats. Eating toxic fats puts those toxic fats in the “seat” that good fat is supposed to go into in your body–only, it can’t do what good fat does for you…This causes disfunction in every body system. So please, do not eat “bad fat,” starting with conventional bacon.
  • Butter Like bacon, butter is fat, and fat is where the animals (and humans) store the toxins that they are not able to excrete through their detox pathways. Buying organic butter from pastured cows is probably one of the most important grocery purchasing changes people can make! One more reason good fats are necessary–fats make our Prostaglandin formation a possibility. What this means is, our body is able to have inflammatory and anti-inflammatory responses because of the good fats that we eat. Is your body inflamed? Eat good fat!! Are you taking pain medication regularly? If so, you’re blocking prostoglandin formation and your body is craving good fat! Try pasture-raised, organic butter for a start! The cost difference between good butter and conventional butter is $.06 per tablespoon, or $.96 per cup, or $1.92 per pound. Don’t use butter for frying foods, as it has a low smoke point. Instead, save your bacon grease from the good quality bacon you’ll be buying. 🙂
  • Shallot Shallots are in the onion family, which
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Sea Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Chicken Broth

Do you like Brussels Sprouts? Have you tried this recipe?

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Dewysej May 24, 2012 at 10:25 am

Is this GAPS legal? Where would we go about getting GAPS legal bacon?


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