Some Brussels sprouts recipes call for bacon, but here's a little secret: Bacon fat will give you the same subtle bacon-y flavor. Just make sure you strain it through a coffee filter or something similar to remove any stray bits (which will burn.) This simple technique for cooking Brussels sprouts yields the crispiest results imaginable and--bonus--it's mostly hands-off.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil.
Slice the Brussels sprouts lengthwise into thirds. If some of the outer leaves fall off, that's okay; don't discard them--they'll crisp up nicely in the oven. Transfer the sprouts to a bowl, add the bacon fat, 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and toss to combine. Spread them out on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake until the smaller sprouts are crispy, about 20 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and transfer the crispy sprouts to a serving plate. With tongs, flip over the remaining sprouts (flipping them individually makes for the crispiest results). Return to the oven and bake until deeply browned and crisp all over, 5 to 10 more minutes.
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