Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts are salty, sweet, and insanely addictive. Top with 2-ingredient barbecue sauce and broil to perfection in minutes! 

I have these Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts every year on Christmas Day, and it’s my favorite snack on the table. My sister points out every Christmas that some people just don’t like water chestnuts, so I make bacon wrapped little smokies for her. Bacon wrapped shrimp are great for the seafood lovers.

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts on a cooling rack placed on a baking sheet.

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Cut a package of bacon into thirds and then wrap each whole water chestnut in bacon. Then, brush (or dunk) each morsel in a vat of ketchup + brown sugar. Easiest barbecue sauce ever!

To broil, set a rack over a rimmed baking sheet (lined with foil for easy cleanup) so the bacon fat can drip away. If you don’t have this setup, it’s completely fine to set the bites in a broiler-safe baking dish and cook them that way.

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts on a cooling rack placed on a baking sheet.

It’s handy if you can transfer these to a warmed slow cooker or electric frying pan to keep them warm for serving. However, they are also delicious at room temperature!

Salty, sweet, sticky, chewy, crunchy… everything. I can’t wait for Christmas!

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts on a serving platter.

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts on a cooling rack placed on a baking sheet. salty, sweet, and insanely addictive. Top with 2-ingredient barbecue sauce and broil to perfection in minutes!

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts are salty, sweet, and incredibly addictive (in the best way). Top with 2-ingredient barbecue sauce and broil for a crowd-pleasing party snack recipe in just 20 minutes.
5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 8 servings (3 pieces each)
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Calories 59

Equipment

  • 24 toothpicks Soaked in water for at least 30 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup brown sugar (see note 1)
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 (8 ounce) can whole water chestnuts drained, cut into 24 pieces if necessary
  • 8 slices bacon cut into thirds (24 pieces, see note 2)

Instructions 

  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and set an oven rack on top. In a small bowl, mix brown sugar and ketchup. Set aside.
  • Wrap each whole water chestnut in a piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick. Dredge each in sauce mixture (or brush sauce on with a pastry brush).
  • Arrange in a single layer on rack set over baking sheet. Broil on HIGH 4 to 6 inches from broiler for 5 to 7 minutes per side (flipping halfway), about 10 to 15 minutes total. Remove from oven and serve warm.

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Notes

  1. Brown sugar and ketchup: Or up the ante with your favorite store-bought or homemade barbecue sauce.
  2. Bacon: Slice each piece into thirds to wrap nicely around each water chestnut.
  3. Yield: This easy appetizer recipe makes 24 Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts. I usually estimate about three bites per person, so this creates enough snacks for about eight adults.
  4. Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  5. Make ahead: The water chestnuts can be wrapped in bacon and skewered a day in advance.

Nutrition

Serving: 3piecesCalories: 59kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 139mgPotassium: 57mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 52IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 1mg
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  1. Can’t really beat bacon-wrapped anything! Was also a great way to introduce chestnuts to the family!5 stars