It isn't much of a secret but I have to admit it. I'm in love with the stereotypical man foods. I love bacon, burgers, onion rings, nachos etc... So when I first saw bacon onion rings I knew I had to take my shot at them. Just the thought of delicious, crunchy, smoky bacon wrapped around soft, sweet videlia onion rings, my mouth was watering. I knew this would be very savory and could come off as strong so I decided to make a delicious sauce to go along with it and cut down on the richness of the dish. Definitely give these a shot, it's so easy and so very rewarding.
Bacon Onion Rings
PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOK TIME: 90 minutes
SERVES: 4 to 6
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
• 1 pkg bacon
• 2 large vidalia onions
• 4 skewers
• 1 tbsp chili garlic sauce (found in most super market or asian stores)
• 1 tbsp regular yellow mustard
• 1 tsp honey
Let's get this started! This is one of the easiest appetizers I've ever made but it is so incredibly delicious! First off to start just get your ingredients out, ready and organized. It'll help when everything is in it's place and ready to start.
Go ahead and get your bacon opened up then you're free to start slicing your onion rings up. You want a decent thickness with these onion rings. If you cut them too thin it'll definitely be over powered by the saltiness and smoke of the bacon so make sure you cut them good and thick.
Well, the hardest part is over. That's a pretty good feeling isn't it? Next, all you have to do is start wrapping a piece of bacon around an individual onion ring and continue on until you've either made your ideal amount or until you run out of bacon. Some rings may be large and may take 2 pieces of bacon to complete a ring. Once you have all of the onion rings covered in bacon, shove a skewer through it so that the bacon can't unravel and open up while cooking.
Now that you're all skewered up and ready to go, this would be a great time to warm up your Traeger and prepare your sauce. Turn your Traeger to the "smoke" setting and leave your lid open for 4-5 minutes. While the grill is heating up, take 1 tbsp of both chili garlic sauce and yellow mustard and mix it into a small bowl, once it's incorporated add 1 tsp of honey. Once your grill is nice and smokey, set your Traeger to "high" and let it get hot. Once you're up around 400 degrees, set your skewers on. These things will need to cook for around 90 minutes, so around 45 minutes into it, I went outside and gave them a flip.
After 90 minutes these thing will be GBD, Golden Brown and Delicious that is. Keep in mind, these don't have to be the same all the time. You can make all kinds of amazing variations. Try taking some of your favorite Traeger BBQ sauce and slather some on with 10 minutes left to cook and let it caramelize on the onion rings, maybe dust them with some brown sugar on both sides with 10 minutes left and "candy" them. Add a little black pepper and you have a whole different flavor profile. That's the best thing about cooking, whatever you feel would fit your needs give it a shot, if it doesn't work, try something new next time! Never be afraid to fail or you'll definitely miss out on a lot that you could have created!