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.
A 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!
So instead I used these short 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.
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.
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.
This 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!
- 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
- Cut the bacon strips in half.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bake both pans again at 300 degrees for 1 hour. Serve warm.