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Easy Snacks: Barbecued Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts

Posted by mmillet on April 22, 2013

Barbecued Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts

Who knew that bacon and water chestnuts could make such an incredible finger food?! As a matter of fact, some of you did. For those of you who piped up and said these were one of your favorite snacks, we heard you loud and clear and couldn't agree more. They are intoxicatingly impeccable and you can get these tempting treats done and in your belly in less than an hour.

This recipe can be found with many other marvelous Traeger eats and tips in our From Pulled Pork to Peach Pie ebook.

Barbecued Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Recommended Pellets: Apple
Serves: 6-8


2 8-ounce cans whole water chestnuts, drained
1 pound thin-cut bacon, may need more or less
1/3 cup mayonnaise (Hellmann’s)
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup Traeger Texas Spicy Barbecue Sauce or bottled chili sauce

Start your Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Set the temperature to 350 degrees F and preheat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes.

Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil (the foil will make clean-up so much easier).  I cut each piece of bacon into thirds or halves. Wrap each water chestnut with a piece of bacon large enough to encircle it and secure the bacon with a toothpick.

Arrange the chestnuts in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.

Bake for 20 minutes. Leave the grill on.

In the meanwhile, whisk the mayonnaise, brown sugar, and Traeger Spicy Barbecue Sauce in a mixing bowl.

Pour the sauce over the chestnuts and return to the grill to bake for 10 to 15 minutes more.

Transfer to a platter for serving.

BBQ Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

You might as well prepare some space on your pantry shelf for a few cases of water chestnuts because you're going to want to make these again. ...and pretty much every day.