Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts with Sauce on white plate

I love bacon wrapped snacks and appetizers.  I have been making this bacon wrapped water chestnut for over 25 years.

Bacon wrapped water chestnuts are perfect for tailgating, game day parties, New Year’s parties, and just about any gathering of people.

I have been known to serve these at Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and even Christmas day while the holiday meal is cooking.

I am sure this came off of the back of a product, but it’s been a minute since I last saw it anywhere near a product package.  It could have been chestnuts, or soy sauce, or even Worcestershire sauce.

This is not the usual version you find commonplace now.  There is no BBQ sauce, grape jelly, or ketchup in this version.  The sauce only has a few ingredients that you might already have on hand.  Soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, butter, mustard, and brown sugar.  bacon-wrapped-water-chessnuts-body-800

I have to admit, I rarely have whole water chestnuts hanging out in the pantry, and I probably do not have thin sliced bacon on hand, unless it’s a holiday and I am cooking with bacon.  Despite my love for all things bacon, we rarely eat it here.  When I do make a meal with bacon, like breakfast for dinner, I use the thick sliced bacon.

This recipe can easily be doubled and tripled.  It can even be reduced by half if you are only cooking for a few people.  The only real limit on this one is the size of your baking vessel and the time required to individually wrap the water chestnuts.


Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

Whole water chestnuts, wrapped in bacon and baked until crispy with a savory brown sugar dip.

  • Author: Beth Mueller
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3o minutes
  • Total Time: -25360909.633333 minute
  • Yield: About 10 Servings
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Baking


  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Yellow Mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 3 Cans Whole Water Chestnuts
  • 14 slices Thin Sliced Bacon, cut into 3 equal pieces
  • Wooden toothpicks


  1. Combine brown sugar, yellow mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and butter in a small sauce pan. Heat over low, stirring occasionally until blended. Keep warm until ready to serve.
  2. Drain chestnuts and rinse with water, drain again.
  3. Take 1 short strip of bacon and wrap around 1 chestnut. Carefully push a toothpick through the ends of the bacon strip and chestnut.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  5. Line a baking sheet with sides with foil and spray foil with baking spray. Place wrapped chestnuts on baking sheet. Place in oven and bake for 20 to 30 minutes until bacon is done to your liking.
  6. Allow to cool slightly before serving, the chestnuts will retain a lot of heat in the centers.
  7. Serve with sauce for dipping or place in slow cooker set to warm setting and pour sauce over the chestnuts to keep warm.
  8. Alternately, you can use a broiler pan. Spray bottom portion of the pan with baking spray, place the top on the broiler pan and spray top with baking spray. Place chestnut on top of the pan using the slats as holders for toothpicks.


  • Serving Size: 4 chestnuts
  • Calories: 275
  • Sugar: 14.7 g
  • Sodium: 776 mg
  • Fat: 137 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 26.5 g
  • Fiber: 0.1 g
  • Protein: 11 g
  • Cholesterol: 35 mg

Other Appetizer Recipes to Try at Your Next Get-together:


Midwest Quesadillas

Party Cheese Spread

Tomato Bread


Whole water chestnuts, wrapped in bacon and baked until crispy with a savory brown sugar dip.

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