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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.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings (3 pieces each)
Calories 59kcal


  • 24 toothpicks Soaked in water for at least 30 minutes


  • 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)


  • 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.



  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.


Serving: 3pieces | Calories: 59kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 139mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 52IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg