Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

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

All the credit in the world goes to my mother-in-law, Shirley, for this fantastic, easy, DELICIOUS recipe.

Shirley makes these little bites of Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnut Heaven every year on Christmas Day, and it’s my favorite snack on the table.

Even better, my husband doesn’t like water chestnuts, so that means more for me! (I make these for him instead).

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

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

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

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

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

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 24 pieces
Calories 82 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 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)

Instructions

  1. 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

  2. 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).

  3. 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.

Recipe Notes

This recipe is from my mother-in-law. 

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  1. Can’t really beat bacon-wrapped anything! Was also a great way to introduce chestnuts to the family!

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