That is just wrong.
Brussel Sprouts can be a tasty side dish. This is how my Mom has always prepared them and I say give this a try before you completely write off the vegetable.
Brussel Sprouts A La Mom
Trim your sprouts by removing damaged or bug infested outer leaves, cut a small slice off the bottom, and cut a small X in the bottom stem. This helps them to cook evenly so you don't end up with mushy leaves and hard centre cores.
Place sprouts in a steamer basket and steam until just barely tender - they should be 'tender crisp' to be perfect.
Rinse with cold water to stop them from cooking, and set aside in the pot until your sauce is done.
Chop bacon (that would be smoked streaky bacon here in the UK)
1 slice bacon for each 1 cup of sprouts
Brown bacon in fry pan on medium heat, until it starts to crisp up
Add 1/2 cup onion, diced finely
Stir onion and bacon until onion is translucent and bacon is nicely crisped but not burnt !!
Add 1/4 cup white vinegar and 2 tablespoons white sugar to the bacon and onions. Stir together until sugar has dissolved.
Toss sauce over sprouts, put pot back on burner
Add some fresh ground salt and black pepper to taste.
You can also add a bit more vinegar or sugar, depends on how strong the flavor of the sprouts are.
Once the sprouts have reheated and flavor is right - serve with a smile (Mom added that bit)
Now, after you've tasted this recipe and you still turn your nose up at brussel sprouts then you can always play this game.