I was first introduced to Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings from a friend of mine Chris who has one fantastic BBQ blog. Turns out, Chris got the idea from a website called Go Blue BBQ. As a Notre Dame fan, it’s hard for me to put a link up for a website that has Go Blue (as in the Michigan Wolverines), but the guy has some great recipes and I always believe in proper attribution of inspiration, no matter who they cheer for. Basing life decisions on who somebody roots for is silly. I’m guessing the Notre Dame haters never got to this sentence because they already hit the back button. Ah well. Back to the intro. Basically, what I did here was take what Chris and Go Blue BBQ did with the bacon wrapped onion rings and added my own twist, and that twist is buffalo sauce and blue cheese crumbles! If you aren’t a blue cheese fan, don’t worry, you can leave it out.
Buffalo Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings Ingredients:
Two large onions
2 lb bacon
6 oz buffalo wing sauce (I used a great local product, Syberg’s Wing Sauce)
3 oz blue cheese crumbles (optional)
2 tbsp your favorite BBQ rub (I used Code 3 Spices 5–0 rub)
First up, cut those onions fairly thick. We don’t want any wimpy onion rings here:
Next up, combine the buffalo sauce and blue cheese crumbles in a blender/food processor or use one of these hand held jobs to blend them together:
Once the big lumps are reduced down, dunk the onion rings in the buffalo/blue cheese concoction:
Next up, wrap with bacon. Each ring needs 2 slices of bacon, that’s right, I said 2 slices. So we’ve established this isn’t the healthiest of recipes, but if you were looking for health food, you wouldn’t be on this site:
After the onion rings are all wrapped in bacon, dust both sides with the rub (Code 3 Spices 5–0 rub in this case):
Now let’s go out to the grill. Set up the cooker for 2 zone or indirect grilling which means coals on one side and the buffalo bacon wrapped onion rings on the other, or in this case, on my kamado in which I put the coals on the bottom and used a plate setter to deflect the heat around the food. Target temp inside the grill is 300 degrees. I added some Bob’s Smokin’ Hardwood to the coals:
Why Bob’s Smokin’ Hardwood? Because there is an art to smoke wood and Bob is a Rembrandt at it. It’s simply the best wood I’ve ever used. The care they take in getting the best smoke wood is unlike any other company. Do a side by side of their wood and any other product and let me know what you think. Still don’t believe me? Check out the perfect blue smoke coming from my grill:
Place the buffalo bacon wrapped onion rings on the grill and close the lid to let the smoke work its magic:
How long? When the bacon browns up nicely, they are done. I think these took about 90 minutes. The bacon wrapped onion wings in the pic below aren’t quite there:
And now the buffalo bacon wrapped onion rings are done:
I garnished with some blue cheese dressing and celery. Substitute ranch if you so desire.
But how did they taste? Oh, my! First, smoky bacon. Second, that buffalo sauce with a hint of blue cheese and finally, that soft onion ring in the middle. Sooooo good. They are pretty rich, but in a good way.
If you have any comments or questions, feel free to leave them below or send me an email.
- Two large onions
- 2 pounds of bacon
- 6 ounces of buffalo wing sauce (I used a great local product, Syberg’s Wing Sauce)
- 3 oz of blue cheese crumbles (optional)
- 2 tbsp of your favorite BBQ rub (I used Code 3 Spices 5–0 rub)
- Slice the onions rings fairly thick
- Blend the buffalo sauce and blue cheese together until the big crumbles are tiny
- Dredge the onion rings in the buffalo sauce/blue cheese concoction
- Wrap 2 slices of bacon around each onion ring, using a toothpick to hold the bacon in place
- Dust the buffalo bacon wrapped onion rings with your favorite rub
- Place on an indirect or two zone grill at 300 degrees and smoke until the bacon browns up nicely
- Discard the toothpicks and serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing and celery