I cook up a skillet of bacon, then after I take the bacon out, I put the brussels sprouts in the hot grease. Big ones I cut in half; small ones I leave whole. I get them nice and crispy on the outside. Use a strainer spoon to drain off the grease when you take them out of the skillet. Add salt and pepper, and if the family hasn't already eaten all the bacon, crumble some onto the brussels sprouts.