Insanely addicting and flavorful bacon ranch brussels sprouts! These are so easy and make a perfectly Whole30 and low carb holiday side dish. It’s a veggie dish that the whole family will love!
Once Fall rolls around, I’m eating all the brussels sprouts. There’s something so amazingly addictive about these crunchy and hearty vegetable, especially when it’s roasted to perfection. To elevate the plain paleo brussels sprouts that I usually make with ghee, salt, and pepper, I got creative and made this version that no family member can refuse!
Whole30 & Low Carb Bacon Ranch Brussels Sprouts Recipe
I’ve heard several times from others that they are not fans of brussels sprouts, because they can be bitter and tough. Trust me when I say that these low carb brussels sprouts couldn’t be further from either of those things. Not only are they roasted to perfection to yield a crispy outer layer and a fully cooked and soft inside, the addition of bacon and ranch remove any and all bitterness in the flavor.
How To Make Bacon Ranch Brussels Sprouts
It’s easy and quick to make these Whole30 and paleo brussels sprouts. Almost everything is done in the oven. Here’s how to roast brussels sprouts so they are perfectly cooked and delicious.
- Make the ranch dressing first and let it chill in the fridge to thicken until ready to use.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Add trimmed and halved brussels sprouts to a baking dish in a single layer. Add bacon pieces on top of the brussels sprouts, then roast for 5 minutes.
- Remove from the oven, then add in paprika and garlic. Toss everything together to coat in the rendered bacon fat.
- Add back into the oven and roast for 20-25 minutes until crispy and browned, stirring and flipping halfway through.
- Remove from the oven and drizzle with ranch dressing. Stir together and serve.
With the prep and the roasting, these roasted low carb brussels sprouts should take about 40 minutes total. They are so flavorful with an amazing texture, and they make a great Whole30 Thanksgiving side dish!
Are Brussels Sprouts Low Carb?
Brussels sprouts are a healthy and nutritious cruciferous vegetable that are great on a keto or low carb diet. In a half-cup serving, there are 4 net grams of carbs (6 grams of carbs, 2 grams of fiber). And when you coat them with yummy crispy bacon and creamy ranch dressing, you have a high fat and low carb side dish that goes beautifully with chicken or fish, or it’s fantastic just on its own!
Notes About These Low Carb Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Ranch
- Since bacon renders a good amount of fat for these roasted brussels sprouts, there’s no added oil. This is why you roast the brussels sprouts and bacon for just 5 minutes in the beginning to render some of the bacon fat, then stir everything together to coat. You then roast again after.
- To make these bacon ranch brussels sprouts Whole30-compliant, make sure to use sugar-free and nitrate-free bacon.
- Check the brussels sprouts after 20 minutes into the 2nd roasting. Depending on your oven temperature, the brussels sprouts may brown and crisp up quickly. Make sure they don’t burn.
- If you don’t want to make your own ranch dressing, you can use a store-bought version. This is my favorite clean version that’s delicious, and keto and Whole30-friendly as well.
- With the flavor bomb of bacon and the ranch dressing, I didn’t feel that the finished dish needed any salt. However, depending on the sodium level of both that you are using, you can add more at the end after tasting.
If you enjoyed this Whole30 Thanksgiving side dish, you might also like:
- Paleo Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad
- Bacon Green Bean Soup
- Paleo Creamed Spinach with Bacon (Whole30, Keto)
- Bacon Ranch Deviled Eggs (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)
- Paleo Ranch Pork Ribs (Whole30, Keto, AIP)
Bacon Ranch Brussels Sprouts (Paleo, Whole30, Low Carb)
- 1 lb brussels sprouts trimmed and halved
- 6 slices sugar-free, nitrate-free bacon chopped into 1-inch pieces
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/3 cup Whole30 & keto ranch dressing or your favorite ranch dressing of choice
- Salt if needed
- If you are making your own ranch dressing, make it first then chill until ready to use.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Place trimmed and halved brussels sprouts on a baking sheet in a single layer.
- Top the brussels sprouts with bacon pieces, dispersing them evenly.
- Roast for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven, and stir in garlic and paprika. Toss together to coat the mixture with the rendered bacon fat.
- Roast for another 20-25 minutes until crispy and browned, stirring and flipping halfway through.
- Remove from the oven and drizzle with ranch dressing.
- Stir and add salt, if needed. Serve.
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