Cut a shallow cross in the stem end of each Brussels sprout. Bring a large saucepan three-fourths full of salted water to a boil, add the Brussels sprouts, and cook until tender, 6–8 minutes. Drain well, transfer to a warmed bowl, and keep warm while you cook the bacon.
In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, sauté the bacon pieces until crisp, 7–8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, t