Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts

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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.

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

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.

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts


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 Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts are hard to stop eating. Luckily this recipe makes a big batch of them.

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts


Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

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

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts


Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 42 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 421kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts make a easy and flavorful party food. So much salty, sweet flavor and a nice crunch.
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  • 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


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

  3. These sound so flavorful and delicious, Christin! I would’ve never thought to marinate a water chestnut, but now it makes perfect sense! Pinning. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. 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.

  5. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you guys had a great Christmas!

  6. This sounds so good! We love water chestnutsโ€ฆeat them in anything! Going to have to give these a try! I made your Buckeye Fudge for Christmas and we looooved it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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