Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts Recipe

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Whenever I attend a potluck, folks always ask me to bring these marks—they've become my trademark. I especially like to prepare them for holiday gatherings.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 1 pound sliced bacon
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) whole water chestnuts, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar

Nutritional Facts

3 each: 92 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 266mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.


  1. Cut bacon strips into thirds; wrap a strip around each water chestnut and secure with wooden toothpicks. Place in an ungreased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until bacon is crisp.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine ketchup and brown sugar; cook and stir over medium heat until sugar has dissolved. Remove chestnuts to paper towels; drain. Dip in ketchup mixture; place in a lightly greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Spoon remaining sauce over chestnuts. Return to the oven for 10 minutes. Yield: about 5 dozen.
Originally published as Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts in Country Pork 1996, p8

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jhitt User ID: 4884403 21383
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2013

"Best of all recipes"

jetluvs2cook User ID: 1675049 45544
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2013

"Great for parties!"

fuffleup User ID: 2815618 22796
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2013

"When I take these to a party I kinda wish there would be some left over

Alas no luck"

bitzee User ID: 6238972 46440
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2012

"I use a 1/2 cup brown sugar or less,that is sweet enough for us. I also cut the bacon in thirds across and use 3 cans water chestnut's.I have tried the other recipes w/mayo or pineapple etc. and always come back to this basic recipe! It is not the holiday's w/o these nugget's!"

DonnaBunch User ID: 3945046 202248
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2012

"Great for gathering...."

palemmer User ID: 14523 19446
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2008

"Have been making these for many years. I use equal parts ketchup and brown sugar and half a strip of bacon per waterchestnut. Broil until bacon is down, place in crockpot, cover with sauce and heat on low until ready to eat. Requested at all carry-ins."

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