Traeger Smoked Brussel Sprouts

If you’re looking for a tasty Traeger smoked Brussels sprouts recipe, then you’re in the right place. Brussels sprouts—you either love them or hate them, but I’m here to tell you, you haven’t tasted anything like these. They are caramelized Brussels sprout bites topped with bacon.

This delicious recipe will turn a childhood nightmare into an adult dream.

Grilled Brussels Sprouts

This bacon-topped sprout will change any die-hard critics’ minds! They take on the smoky flavors perfectly plus the addition of bacon and onion will make them extra tasty

And unlike boiling, they won’t end up all mushy and tasteless. A little bit of crunch, with a smoky hit.

Ingredients for Smoked Brussels Sprouts

Brussel Sprouts




BBQ Rub (The BBQ Pit Boys SPG is the rub I used, it can be used in place of salt, pepper and garlic)


Balsamic Glaze

How to make Smoked Brussels Sprouts

Below is my five simple steps for cooking brussel sprouts, you just need to get the smoke rolling on your Traeger and you’ll half way to a delicious dish.

1. Preheat The Grill

Preheat the Traeger grill to 350°F. Place the cast iron skillet on the grill grates to heat up.

2. Prep And Clean The Brussel Sprouts

Start by chopping off the harder core end of the sprouts.  

Pull off any loose leaves. Brussel sprouts are just like mini cabbages. The outer leaves cover a densely packed center. Bugs love sprouts, so keep an eye out for black or grey flecks indicating bugs.

Cut the sprouts in half, so they are all evenly sized. This makes for a much more even cook. Add the avocado oil & balsamic vinegar and mix thoroughly then add salt pepper and garlic or SPG rub and let sit for 20 minutes.

3. Fry The Bacon, Onion and Garlic

Chop the bacon, garlic, and onion into bite-size pieces. Then pan fry the onion, garlic, and bacon for 3-4 minutes or until crisp.

4. Give Them a Quick Pan Fry

Toss the sprouts into the pan of bacon fat.  Coat with the bacon fat. If you prefer not to use the bacon grease, some olive oil will be just as good.

Give them a quick fry-up, enough to brown the outside. Drain off the excess oil. Season with salt and pepper.

Now, if you prefer, you can either put your cast iron pan straight on the grill, in a foil pan, or on a baking sheet. 

You’ll need to keep the sprouts in something, though. Otherwise, they’ll end up rolling around on your grill grates and making a mess.

5. Smoke

  • Place in the Traeger for 25 minutes until tender. Check them a couple of times throughout the cooking time. Shake the pan now and again to allow them to cook through evenly.
  • Once smoked, remove from the grill and serve immediatly.

Picking Pellets

Depending on the strength of flavor you want. If you prefer a stronger smoky flavor I would recommend using hickory or mesquite.

Whereas fruitwood flavors like apple and cherry are more subtle. Applewood is a personal favorite. Its sweet freshness works well with the sprouts and bacon .


Can you Cook Them in The Oven?

Yep, you can! Just cook them at 400º for 30-40 minutes.

How do you store and reheat leftovers?

You can store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Its easy to reheat in the microwave for 1-2 minutes or in the air fryer at 350º for 3-4 minutes.

What To Serve With Smoked Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are a great side for most meat dishes. They make a great accompaniment to holiday meals and Sunday roasts. 

Smoked Turkey

Chicken Legs

Tri Tip

Hot Smoked Salmon

Smoked and Stuffed Chicken Breast. 

Traeger Smoked Brussels Sprouts

These Traeger smoked brussel sprouts are the perfect side dish. You can make them alongside a main or enjoy them by themsevles, becuase anything topped with bacon is absolutely delcious
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer, Dinner, main, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Barbecue, bbq, grill
Servings 6 servings
Calories 234 kcal


  • 1 lb Brussel sprouts
  • 5 strips strips of bacon, diced
  • 1 whole onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp BBQ Spice Blend
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar


  • Preheat the Traeger grill to 350°F.
  • Prep the Brussels sprouts by washing and trimming the stems. Then cut them in half. Then add the sprouts to a bowl.
  • Add the oil & balsamic vinegar and mix thoroughly then add salt pepper and garlic & let sit for 20 minutes.
  • Add the bacon to the pan, and cook until just crisp. Remove, leaving the bacon drippings in the pan.
  • Place the onions, garlic, and sprouts in a cast iron pan. Toss to coat with the bacon fat and fry for a few minutes
  • Place in the grill for about 25 minutes or until tender. Shake the pan now and again to allow them to cook through evenly.
  • Once smoked, remove from the grill and serve immediately
Keyword bbq brussel sprouts, brussel sprouts,

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2 thoughts on “Traeger Smoked Brussel Sprouts”

  1. 5 stars
    Thank you!! Finally found a brussel sprouts recipe that my kids will eat, plus I they it was delicious as well, I had never thought to smoke them before and it was so simple to throw them on with the meat we had smoking!

    1. 5 stars
      Hiya Wardah! Same my kids will only eat brussel sprouts if I smoke them as well!!!! Next time add more bacon and they will be begging for you to make them again!

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