{Appetizer} Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

by Alice Currah on December 29, 2009. Updated December 28, 2011

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

[donotprint] One of my favorite appetizers is bacon wrapped water chestnuts.  There is something about bacon and the crunchiness of water chestnuts – that when they come together is like a “party in your mouth”.  Some may call this popular appetizer “trashy”, but who cares?  It may not be the most gourmet appetizer on the table but I can guarantee you it will be one of the first appetizers to disappear.  Trashy -  Smashy – It’s all good.

This recipe would be great for New Year’s Eve or for Superbowl Sunday. Believe me, bring this to your next potluck and everyone will love you for it (including your gluten-free friends). Enjoy! [/donotprint]

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts Recipe


1 pound bacon

2 (8 ounce) cans water chestnuts

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 tablespoons mayonnaise

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce is gluten-free)

3/4 cup ketchup

Optional: To give this an added kick, add 2 teaspoons Sriracha or chili/hot sauce


Soak 35 wooden toothpicks in a shallow glass of cold water. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut package of bacon in half. Wrap one half strip of bacon around each water chestnut, finishing it off by securing it with a toothpick. Bake wrapped water chestnuts in a a shallow dish or baking sheet for 20 minutes. While water chestnuts are baking, in a small bowl mix brown sugar, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, and hot sauce. When wrapped water chestnuts are done baking, remove from oven but do not turn off heat. Transfer the water chestnuts to a paper towel covered plate to soak up bacon grease. Carefully clean up baking dish by wiping down with paper towels. Place the water chestnuts back on the baking sheet and pour sauce all over them.  Bake for an additional 30-40 minutes or until bacon is crispy. Transfer to serving plate and serve hot with toothpicks intact. Enjoy!

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{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

Estela @ Weekly Bite December 29, 2009 at 7:05 am

What a great combo!! I LOVE water chesnuts!
And bacon makes everything better… right? :)


Michelle December 29, 2009 at 8:25 am

Oooh. Sounds and looks delicious! I love the reference of a “party in your mouth.” LOL


Leslie December 29, 2009 at 8:35 am

I’ve had these before but never with the sauce. I love that idea. My mom also used to make bacon wrapped green olives. Those are my hubby’s favorite!


Kelly @ EvilShenanigans December 29, 2009 at 11:30 am

My mom used to make something similar to this when I was growing up and it was ALWAYS a hit! It has bacon, so what’s not to love? The sauce sounds lovely! A nice change from the ordinary!


Lauren December 29, 2009 at 11:34 am

Ooo! Those look very lovely =D. Great flavours and a wonderful simplicity to them!


Jamie December 29, 2009 at 1:21 pm

Yum those look like killer appetizers like you could eat one after the other. Fabulousy delish!


Chris December 29, 2009 at 1:31 pm

Spectacular! Bacon makes everything awesome, doesn’t it?


jenn December 29, 2009 at 1:58 pm

One word: bookmarked!!

This is a fantastic idea for appetizers. I feel like throwing a party now just to make these.


The American Homemaker December 29, 2009 at 2:27 pm

I make almost the same recipe :) Yum!


Melissa December 29, 2009 at 3:08 pm

Where I grew up in Wisconsin, this is traditionally called Rumaki. Always a staple at every family function. Yum!


dawn December 29, 2009 at 3:25 pm

that sauce! oh goodness I am trying that sauce.


Kate December 29, 2009 at 6:41 pm

My mom makes these for football parties and Christmas… they’re gone in literally minutes. They are SO. GOOD. Thanks for posting!


Elizabeth December 29, 2009 at 6:48 pm

I think ‘trashy-smashy’ is my new favorite compliment!! These look amazing – I can’t wait to try them on my in laws Thursday night.


kimmerbean December 29, 2009 at 9:39 pm

I’m so glad that PW shared your link on her site! These bacon wrapped water chestnuts look delish! BACON …. love it. :)


Sandy December 30, 2009 at 4:39 pm

OMG Alice! I just bopped over here from P-Dub’s site and found what I’m making for snacking on New Year’s Eve…your water chestnuts wrapped with bacon. YUM! And cooler yet, we’re kind of neighbors…I live near Enumclaw! Visit my place at:


LunaCafe December 31, 2009 at 1:55 pm

Oh yes, this is one of those retro appetizers that cooks must pass forward from generation to generation. It is so good! Your sauce adds an entirely new dimension that I can’t wait to try. Pictures are divine as well. Happy New Year! …Susan


Karine January 2, 2010 at 1:29 pm

I have never tried the combo chestnut and bacon. It looks delicious! Thanks for sharing :)


Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction January 2, 2010 at 10:24 pm

Yum! These sound wonderful. Everything’s better with bacon, right?


Leigh Spears January 4, 2010 at 7:06 pm

I ‘googled’ bacon-wrapped water chestnuts and found your site. They were amazing and your site is beautiful! I can’t wait to find more recipes..thank you!


vegetarian glucosamine January 7, 2010 at 2:50 am

Yummy! It seems so delicious. Looks like a perfect recipe which will we definitely like. Thanks for sharing such tasty recipe here.


Allison Hong January 31, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Hey Alice,
This is Sun’s younger sister…Allison. I made this recipe for my girlfriends at the swap party and it was a hit! I used the sauce recipe for chicken wings and my husband really liked it. Great website!



Liam O'Malley September 8, 2010 at 3:42 pm

These were so yummy! I made a big batch over the past weekend for a Labor Day bbq and they went so quickly.

I have to admit, water chestnuts can get quite slippery when handling raw bacon and trying to stab with a toothpick – but the payoff was well worth it.


Living the Balanced Life December 13, 2010 at 10:51 am

This sounds like an awesome recipe, sharing on FB!
I actually think the sauce would be good on chicken as well, may try that out!
Thanks for sharing!


Debra December 21, 2010 at 4:47 pm

my mother used to make these although she used Chilli sauce instead of ketchup. Very good


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Ted June 11, 2011 at 2:57 pm

These are fantastic, after reading all the other recipes for bacon wrapped water chestnuts , i decided this sauce would be the best. and it was. Everyone loved it.


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I am sure they want some peice and different from the normal . It sounds like a really nice spot , somewhere i would like to go there is nothing


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Ifeel it great.


Jim in Raymond March 12, 2012 at 10:10 pm

The sauce is KEY! Fantastic recipe!
Alice, I’m hooked! Thanks babe!


donna December 9, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Can the bacon wrapped water chestnuts be made a day ahead and then heated??


Alice Currah December 12, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Hi Donna,
Yes, you can make them in advance!


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