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Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts Secured with Toothpicks in Square Bowl on Wooden Surface

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

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Crunchy water chestnuts wrapped in smoky bacon, basted with a sweet & savory sauce. Baked and caramelized to perfection.

  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 3 dozen 1x


Units Scale
  • 1 lb bacon
  • 2 cans of water chestnuts (8 ounces each)
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Cut the bacon slices into thirds.
  3. Make the sauce by mixing together the ketchup and Worcestershire sauce in a small bowl.
  4. Next, add the brown sugar and stir until well combined. Set aside.
  5. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment, place a baking rack on top, and spray the rack with cooking spray.
  6. Drain the water chestnuts.
  7. Soak toothpicks for a few minutes.
  8. Wrap each water chestnut in bacon, then secure with a toothpick. Repeat until all water chestnuts are gone. Arrange them all on the prepared baking rack.
  9. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes to start.
  10. Remove from the oven and brush with the sauce mixture.
  11. Flip each bacon-wrapped water chestnut. Then brush with barbecue sauce.
  12. Continue to roast for another 10 minutes.
  13. After 20 total minutes, check on the appetizers. You will likely need 5 to 10 more minutes to get the bacon nice and crispy and the sauce caramelized. Brush with more sauce, if desired, and cook for another 5 to 10 minutes until they are done to your liking.
  14. Remove from the oven, transfer to a serving platter, and enjoy immediately.


  • Use the convection setting for added crispiness, if your oven has it.
  • A variety of sauces can be used in place of the BBQ sauce. See this list of ideas.
  • Author: Kelsey Restemayer
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 2
  • Calories: 141
  • Sugar: 7.9 g
  • Sodium: 245.7 mg
  • Fat: 9.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 10.1 g
  • Protein: 3.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 16.2 mg
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