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Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts

Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts are a simple, classic appetizer and are always a fan favorite. Whole water chestnuts are marinated in a sweet and salty marinade made from soy sauce and brown sugar, wrapped in bacon and baked.

Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts with toothpicks sticking out.

A last minute coating of bbq sauce and a quick broil gives extra flavor and crispiness. Serve with a BBQ Mayonnaise Sauce for a delicious and easy to eat party food.

Quick and Easy Recipe

This is such an easy and tasty appetizer. It takes a little time to wrap all the water chestnuts in bacon, but the end result is well worth it.

  • Step One– Marinate the water chestnuts for 1 hour in a mixture of soy sauce and brown sugar.
  • Step Two– Wrap a pice of bacon around each water chestnut, securing with a toothpick.
  • Step Three– Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Step Four– Brush with BBQ sauce and broil for a few minutes to crisp.
Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts on serving platter with dip.

The saltiness of the bacon enveloping the crunch of the water chestnuts with a little sweetness form BBQ sauce makes the perfect flavor combination. These Water Chestnuts are hard to stop eating. Luckily this recipe makes a big batch of them.

Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts are wonderful for a New Year’s Eve Party or the Superbowl.

Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts with toothpicks sticking out of them.

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Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts make a easy and flavorful party food. So much salty, sweet flavor and a nice crunch.
PREP: 1 hour 20 minutes
COOK: 22 minutes
TOTAL: 1 hour 42 minutes


  • 2 (8-ounce) cans whole water chestnuts, drained
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 pound bacon, cut into thirds
  • 2 tablespoons bbq sauce
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup bbq sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • toothpicks


  • Whisk soy sauce and brown sugar in a medium bowl. Add water chestnuts and marinate for 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
  • Discard the marinade and wrap a piece of bacon around each water chestnut. Secure with a toothpick.
  • Place on baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Remove baking sheet from oven. Turn oven to broil. Brush the tops of each bacon wrapped water chestnut with bbq sauce. Broil for a few minutes, until browned and crispy.
  • To make sauce, stir together mayonnaise, 1/4 cup bbq sauce, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl.


Calories: 421kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon

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Originally posted December 28, 2014.

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  3. Bambi Setzer

    These look and sound like a great appetizer! What is the dipping sauce in the photos? I plan to make some of these!! Thanks!

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      It’s in the recipe Bambi. Mayonnaise mixed with BBQ sauce and a little cayenne pepper. Hope you enjoy them!

  4. I love water chestnuts and bacon, but never thought to combine them. What a great idea! I definitely need to try these out sometime!

  5. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    What a great idea to wrap bacon around chestnuts, Christin! I’ve had a similar appetizer using dates, but I’m loving your chestnut version. Sounds delicious!

  6. Ashley | The Recipe Rebel

    Love these! They are totally the perfect little bite — sweet, salty, smoky, all in one!

  7. These sound so flavorful and delicious, Christin! I would’ve never thought to marinate a water chestnut, but now it makes perfect sense! Pinning. 🙂

  8. Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven

    I absolutely love water chestnuts but I never thought to wrap them in bacon! What a fantastic idea! These look totally amazing and perfect for New Years! Pinned. 🙂

  9. Wow Christin I love this appetizer. I have always loved water chestnuts, they are so crunchy, wrapped in bacon really does sound incredible and like a great appetizer. Perfect for a New Years Eve celebration.

  10. Isadora @ she likes food

    What a great idea! My husband is a huge fan of water chestnuts and bacon so I know he would go crazy for these! I could live off of appetizers, so I will have to remember this one 🙂 I hope you guys had a great Christmas!

  11. This sounds so good! We love water chestnuts…eat them in anything! Going to have to give these a try! I made your Buckeye Fudge for Christmas and we looooved it. 🙂

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