Cut bacon strips into thirds. Wrap each third around a water chestnut and secure with a toothpick. Place in an ungreased 15x10x1 baking pan or square pan. Bake until bacon is crisp, about 25 minutes.
While bacon-wrapped chestnuts crisp in the oven, in a small saucepan, combine ketchup and brown sugar. Stir the mixture over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved.
Once the 25 minutes are up, place the bacon-wrapped chestnuts on a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Then dip in the ketchup mixture. Place in a lightly greased 9x13 baking dish. Spoon any remaining ketchup sauce over the chestnuts. Bake for an additional 10 minutes.
Warm jam in a medium pot over medium heat. Add the cranberries and heat until well combined.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare a baking sheet with non-stick spray.
Lightly butter one side of each slice of bread. Place each buttered slice on the baking sheet, butter side up. Place in the preheated oven for 3-4 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Remove from the oven and flip bread slices.
On each bread slice, top with a smear of brie. Spoon about 1 Tbsp. of bacon and cranberry jam onto each crostini.
Place in the oven again for 4-5 minutes, or until brie is melted. Enjoy!
Weave bacon onto wooden skewers; arrange on a foil-lined baking sheet fitted with a wire rack.
Bake, turning once, for 20 to 25 minutes or until crisp.
Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate; let cool completely.
In microwavable bowl, combine chocolate and shortening; microwave on high, in 30-second intervals, stirring between each interval until smooth. Stir in chili powder, cinnamon and cayenne until well combined.
Position bacon skewers over melted chocolate mixture; drizzle chocolate mixture over bacon, allowing excess to drip back into the bowl.
Transfer to parchment paper-lined tray. Sprinkle with pepitas. Let stand until set.
If desired, you can garnish with a variety of items, such as chopped dried apricots, candied ginger, toasted coconut, chopped pecans or crushed peanuts.
Slice each jalapeño open lengthwise, then make a small crosswise cut at the stem end to form a T. Gently open the jalapeños and scrape out the seeds and membranes with a knife.
Add the milk and water to a large bowl and soak the jalapeños for 15 minutes, stirring once or twice.
Meanwhile, mix the cheddar, cream cheese, pulled pork and chili powder in a bowl with your hands.
Drain the jalapeños and pat them dry. Stuff 1 to 2 tablespoons cheese filling into each pepper.
Put the flour in a shallow dish. Whisk the eggs and 1/2 teaspoon salt in another dish. Put the breadcrumbs in a third dish. One at a time, hold the peppers by the stems and dredge in flour, then dip in the beaten eggs, letting the excess drip off, and roll in the breadcrumbs; dip in the eggs again and reroll in breadcrumbs. Transfer to a plate and refrigerate until the coating sets, about 20 minutes.
Heat about 1 inch of vegetable oil in a large saucepan over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 300 degrees F.
Fry the jalapenos in batches, turning until golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes per batch.
Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with salt and serve with barbecue sauce.
*This recipe assumes you already have pulled pork prepared. For our Indiana Kitchen Pulled Pork recipe, see https://indianakitchen.com/recipe/slow-cooker-pulled-pork/.