Bacon Wrapped Barbecue Water Chestnuts

  • Author: Michelle @ Blackberry Babe
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Total Time: 50
  • Yield: 24


My #1 most requested appetizer recipe! Crunchy water chesnuts wrapped in smoky bacon, then doused in a sticky, sweet barbecue sauce.


  • 12 slices of Farmland bacon, cut in half
  • 1 can of water chesnuts, whole (not sliced!)
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • dash of Worcestershire sauce


  1. For the bacon wrapped chestnuts
  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  3. Wrap each individual water chestnut in bacon and secure with toothpick.
  4. Place bacon wrapped water chestnuts on large baking sheet with edges to contain grease* and bake for 20 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven** and flip over. Bake for another 15-20 minutes until bacon is crispy, but not burned.
  6. For the sauce
  7. Combine ketchup and brown sugar in small sauce pan. Cook on low until the brown sugar melts, stirring often.
  8. Add several dashes of Worcestershire, stir, and taste. Add additional if desired.
  9. Remove pan from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  10. Transfer wrapped chestnuts onto a serving platter, and pour sauce over top to coat.


  • * I really dislike soggy bacon. While you can cook these on a greased baking sheet, I recommend using a cookie cooling rack placed inside of a baking sheet to keep the bacon lifted off the pan. This will keep them out of the grease, and the bacon will get nice and crispy!
  • **Be very careful when removing these from the oven. They generate a lot of grease, and the oven will be very steamy when you open it. I recommend opening the oven and letting the steam escape before you bend down to get them out.


  • Serving Size: 8