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.
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.
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.
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- Barbecue Bacon Meatballs– Only 3 ingredients needed!
- Sausage Ranch Phyllo Cups– Only 4 ingredients and 12 minutes in the oven!
- Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates– a delicious salty/sweet finger food.
Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts
- 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
- 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.
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Originally posted December 28, 2014.
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One of my all time favorite appetizers!
These look and sound like a great appetizer! What is the dipping sauce in the photos? I plan to make some of these!! Thanks!
It’s in the recipe Bambi. Mayonnaise mixed with BBQ sauce and a little cayenne pepper. Hope you enjoy them!
I tried these…awesome! Nuff said!
Yum perfect appetizer and party food! 😀
I love water chestnuts and bacon, but never thought to combine them. What a great idea! I definitely need to try these out sometime!
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!
Love these! They are totally the perfect little bite — sweet, salty, smoky, all in one!
These sound so flavorful and delicious, Christin! I would’ve never thought to marinate a water chestnut, but now it makes perfect sense! Pinning. 🙂
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. 🙂
I’ve never had water chestnuts before, but they look delicious wrapped in bacon!
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.
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!
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. 🙂