Brussels Sprouts – you either love them or you hate them! Turns out the haters change their tune when you add bacon, cheese and some maple smoke.

Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4


  • ½ cup Maple Smoking Chips
  • 4 oz. Whole Dates
  • 8 slices Bacon
  • 2 lbs. Brussels Sprouts
  • 1 ½ cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
  • ½ Tbsp. Pepper, or more to taste

Chef's Tip

Buy dates that still have the pit inside, they’re a little more work, but pack a lot more flavor.


  1. Preheat the grill or oven to 400°F.
  2. Cook the bacon in the oven until crispy, set aside to cool. 
  3. Prepare a cold smoker with maple smoking chips.
  4. Place the dates in the cold smoker and smoke for at least one hour. 
  5. Trim off the ends of the brussels sprouts and remove any discolored leaves. Slice thin and add to a mixing bowl.
  6. Add the cream, cheese, salt and pepper to the bowl and stir well to combine.
  7. Place the mixture into a cast iron pan.
  8. Cook uncovered on the grill or in the oven for 35 minutes, or until sprouts are cooked and the edges of the pan have browned.
  9. Garnish with chopped bacon and chopped smoked dates.

*Keep a spray bottle of water handy in case of flare-ups.

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Maple Smoking Chips