Appetizer | January 24, 2019

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts Recipe (Rumaki)

Crunchy water chestnuts, wrapped in salty bacon, and smothered with honey bbq sauce.  These baked to perfection appetizers will please and impress your guests.  With only 4 ingredients, even the greenest of chefs can make this Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts Recipe.

Bacon wrapped water chestnuts in a cast iron skillet.

Often Called Rumaki

Bacon wrapped water chestnuts are often called rumaki.  Traditionally they were made with water chestnuts along with pieces of chicken or liver and wrapped in bacon, and then served with a teriyaki sauce.  This is my take on that once popular appetizer from the 50s and 60s.  This is simplified and just as fancy!

Bacon wrapped water chestnuts on a wooden cutting board.

Let’s Start With The Grocery List

To make this gourmet little snack – you only need 4 ingredients!  You heard me right!  4 ingredients!

  1. bacon
  2. whole water chestnuts
  3. barbecue sauce
  4. honey

Pro Tip: Whole, Canned, Water chestnuts can be found in the asian food aisle of your grocery store.

Bacon wrapped water chestnuts ingredients.

How Do You Make Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts?

  1. Cut your piece of bacon in half, and wrap it around a whole, canned, water chestnut.
  2. Secure the bacon with a toothpick.
  3. Place in a cast iron skillet or casserole dish.
  4. Repeat until all piece of bacon and water chest nuts are wrapped.
  5. Combine honey and barbecue sauce in a small bowl.
  6. Whisk to combine.
  7. Pour over prepared bacon wrapped water chestnuts.
  8. How long do you cook? Bake at 400 for about 40 minutes, or until bacon is crisp.  Serve right away.

Pro Tip: Make ahead and refrigerate.  You can reheat these babies in about 7 minutes in a 400 degree oven.

Bacon wrapped water chestnut recipe process.

The Perfect Appetizer

These guys are perfect for a party.  Super Bowl, bunco, New Years – you name it!  Your guests will love this gluten free indulgence!

Bacon wrapped water chestnuts on a wooden cutting board.


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5 from 3 votes
Bacon wrapped water chestnuts in a cast iron skillet.
Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins

It will make your house smell pretty much like heaven, and your guests will feel like they are in heaven when they eat them!

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon water chestnuts
Servings: 10
Calories: 437 kcal
Author: Kadee
  • 1 1/2 pounds bacon
  • 2 cans whole water chestnuts
  • 1 cup barbeque sauce
  • 1 cup honey
  • toothpicks
  1. Cut your bacon in half. Wrap each water chestnut with bacon and secure it with a toothpick. Place in a 9x13 cake pan that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.
  2. Combine barbeque sauce and honey and whisk to combine. Drizzle over water chestnuts.
  3. Bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until bacon begins to crisp.

  4. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts
Amount Per Serving (1 c)
Calories 437 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 45mg15%
Sodium 746mg32%
Potassium 219mg6%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 37g41%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 89IU2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. 5 stars
    These Bacon Wraps looks so delicious, ill give this recipe a try. But i am quite sure the ones i make wont be as good as these ;)

  2. It depends on your oven and your bacon. I have made them in 45 minutes and up to an hour. If I have a thicker cut of bacon I bake for an hour. A thinner cut – 45 minutes.

    1. It’s just mayo with a little mustard in it. Super yummy. But not necessary for this dish. We love it with sweet potato medallions.