Sweet & Spicy Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

I don’t really know what to say about these, other then you need to make them. Not you should make them, or you’ll probably want to make them…you need these in your life. Like yesterday.

auntrenerecipecardbaconA while ago my Aunt Rene sent me a bunch of recipes and this is one of them (Hiya Aunt Rene!). This one I’ve been dying to make for awhile but I just felt like I never really had a good reason to. I’ve been trying to hold off on making these until we go to a picnic where I need to bring an appetizer, but I just couldn’t wait any longer! So yesterday afternoon I whipped them up, thinking they’d just be a little naughty afternoon snack. Then hubby came home from work not feeling well, so they turned into dinner for just me and the crazies. Yup, dinner. I’m probably not winning any Mom of the Year awards for that, but I certainly wasn’t hearing any complaints!

baconstuffTo make these you’ll need some water chestnuts (look for them on the Asian foods aisle), bacon, ketchup, and brown sugar. You also might need one other ingredient, which I’ll get to later.

toothpicksYou’ll also need some toothpicks, or skewers. The only toothpicks I had in the house were these. These are definitely not going to work. The plastic stuff on the top of these would melt in the oven!


So instead I used these short skewers.

baconhalfFirst, cut a whole pound of bacon in half.

waterchestnutsThen crack open a can of water chestnuts.

wrappedTake one piece of bacon, wrap it around a water chestnut, and secure it on the skewer.

wrapped2Then repeat with a second one. I think if you go with the toothpick option, you’ll probably only have room for one per pick.

skewersinpanJust keep going until you’re out of bacon or water chestnuts, whichever comes first!

skewerscookedNow stick these in a 300 degree oven for 1 – 1 1/2 hours, or until the bacon is nice and crispy. I used thick cut bacon so I cooked these for the whole hour and a half.

ketchupNow here’s where things get interesting. Reallll interesting…

spoon sauceFor the first half, I followed Aunt Rene’s instructions (quantities cut in half). I mixed ketchup with brown sugar and spooned it all over half the skewers.

For the second half, I clearly had a wild hair…well, you know. I took some of this stuff…


…and mixed it with brown sugar. I kept taste testing along the way until it got as spicy as I could stand it, but I still tasted sweet from the brown sugar.

sriachapourThen I slathered it on the second half of the skewers, in another pan.

You could make all ketchup. Or all Sriracha. Or be like me, and do both! Either way, they go back in the oven for another hour. That hour may have been the longest, most excruciating hour of my life.

skewerdoneAnd when they’re done, your house smells freaking. amazing.

onplateAunt Rene says she prints off recipe cards to hand out when she takes these to picnics and I know why! It was hard not to devour all of these while I was taking these pictures.

onplate1Real hard.

The ketchup ones are obviously sweeter, and definitely the ones preferred by the crazies, 3 to 1.

The Sriracha ones are both sweet and spicy (heavier on the spicy), and prefered by #1 and myself. And these would probably be hubby’s favorite too, but he was feeling a little under the weather last night. These were definitely not on his cracker and ginger ale diet.

dueceThis is me and #1 deucing. I don’t know who taught these crazies to deuce (some of you might call it “cheers”), but they want to do it with everything! Juice boxes, popsicles, and now apparently skewers.

#1 and I also fought each other for the last Sriracha one. I let him win only because I’m the Mom and it was just the right thing to do. He better remember that though when my birthday rolls around.

Enjoy! And thanks Aunt Rene! :-)

Sweet & Spicy Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts
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Serves: 6
  • 2 8oz. cans Whole Water Chestnuts (not the sliced ones)
  • 1lb. bacon
  • 1 cup Dark Brown Sugar, divided
  • ½ cup Ketchup
  • ¼ cup Sriracha
  • 6″ Wooden Skewers
  1. Cut the bacon strips in half.
  2. Wrap ½ a strip of bacon around a whole water chestnut. Slide onto a skewer to secure. Repeat with a second water chestnut on the same skewer. Keep going until you run out of bacon or water chestnuts, securing two wrapped water chestnuts to each skewer.
  3. Place skewers in a shallow 9×13 baking dish and bake at 300 degrees for 1 to 1&1/2 hours, or until bacon is crispy. Remove skewers from baking dish and drain bacon fat. Place half the skewers back in the same pan, and half the skewers in an 8×8 baking dish.
  4. In a small bowl, mix ½ cup dark brown sugar and ½ cup ketchup. Spoon this over one pan of skewers, turning to coat on all sides.
  5. In another small bowl, mix ½ cup dark brown sugar and ¼ cup Sriracha. Spoon this over the second pan of skewers, turning to coat on all sides.
  6. Bake both pans again at 300 degrees for 1 hour. Serve warm.


  1. I don’t know how you come up with these creative concoctions with so many kids to take care of (including the husband… heehee), let alone MAKE them, let alone BLOG about them! Holy moly. I vote for you as Mother of the Year! :)

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