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Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts are an incredibly delicious appetizer that is super simple to make for holidays, parties and game day get togethers. Only 3 ingredients in this easy appetizer!

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Oval dish of bacon wrapped water chestnuts

Bacon appetizers always top my list of favorites. Easy Bacon Stuffed MushroomsBarbecue Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots and Bacon Cheese Ball Dip are on the menu for every family get together. 

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Ingredients for Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts Appetizer

Ingredients for Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts Recipe

  • Whole Water Chestnuts – find them on the Asian isle of grocery stores. You will find cans of water chestnuts and cans of sliced water chestnuts. Either will work but the whole water chestnuts are preferred. 
  • Thin Sliced Bacon – Thinner bacon works best for this recipe because it cooks quicker and the end result will have more crisp bacon texture while thicker bacon ends up chewier. 
  • Barbecue Sauce – Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce is a great option or mix ketchup, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce for an easy savory sauce.

How to Make Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

Sliced Bacon for appetizers
  1. Cut thin sliced bacon into thirds
  2. Drain 2 cans of water chestnuts. 
Water chestnuts wrapped in bacon and secured with a toothpick
  1. Wrap bacon pieces around water chestnuts and secure with a toothpick. 
  2. Place in a single layer on a lined baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil and bake for 35 minutes.
baked bacon appetizers on a baking sheet
  1. Drain excess bacon grease and save in an airtight container for another use. 
Dipping bacon wrapped water chestnuts into Barbecue Sauce Bowl
  1. Pour bbq sauce into a small bowl. Dip bacon wrapped water chestnuts into Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce and return to baking sheet. You can also brush the sauce over the bacon using a bbq brush. 
Baking sheet
  1. Bake for another 10-15 minutes until bacon is cooked to desired doneness.
Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts on baking sheet
  1. Allow to cool 5 minutes before serving.

Serving Tip

It is important to let these cool before serving. They smell so good and it’s hard to resist digging right in but the sticky hot bbq sauce needs to cool down. Plus if you let them rest for a bit, the bacon crisps up and they are even better. You can serve these warm or at room temperature.

Recipe Notes for Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts Appetizer

  • Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days. 
  • Reheat: Place on a lined baking sheet and bake at 350° for 5-8 minutes or until heated through.
  • What are Water ChestnutsWater chestnuts are not actually nuts, they are a tuber vegetable that grows under water. They can be served raw or cooked and are often included in stir fry, casseroles and salads. They have a mild flavor and are prized for their crunchy texture. Find them on the Asian isle of any grocery store.
Tray of bacon water chestnut appetizers

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Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts appetizer on white tray

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Why You Will Love this Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts Recipe

  • Classic Appetizer Recipe: The saltiness of the bacon and sweet bbq sauce wrapped around a crunchy water chestnut is the perfect appetizer party food that everyone loves.
  • Make Ahead Appetizer: A popular appetizer that is really simple to make that can be made ahead and is one of the best bite-sized appetizers that anyone can make.
  • Great for Any Occasion: Favorite appetizers for holiday parties, Super Bowl parties or game day gatherings, cookouts and potlucks.
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Barbecue Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts are always the first to disappear from our appetizer bar, no matter what the occasion is. My kids can’t get enough of these and I usually end up making a double batch. 

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Yield: 8 Servings

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

Bacon wrapped water chestnuts on a white pan

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts are an incredibly delicious appetizer that is super simple to make for holidays, parties and game day get togethers. Only 3 ingredients in this easy appetizer!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Cut bacon into thirds.
  3. Drain water chestnuts.
  4. Wrap bacon slices around water chestnuts and secure with a toothpick. Place on a lined baking sheet in a single layer, not touching.
  5. Bake for 35 minutes. Drain bacon grease and reserve for another use.
  6. Pour bbq sauce into a small bowl. Dip wrapped water chestnuts in barbecue sauce and return to baking pan.
  7. Bake for another 10- 15 minutes or until bacon is cooked through.
  8. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

  • Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days. 
  • Reheat: Place on a lined baking sheet and bake at 350° for 5-8 minutes or until heated through.
  • Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    8

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 299Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 1019mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 20g

    Nutritional calculations are estimated and may not be accurate.

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    3 Comments

    1. Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts are such a great party recipe! They are a holiday go-to for me. Everyone always begs for the recipe.

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