Buffalo Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings

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)

Buffalo Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings
The ingre­di­ents, minus the rub (you’ll see that a lit­tle fur­ther down)

First up, cut those onions fair­ly thick. We don’t want any wimpy onion rings here:

Buffalo Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings
Slice them thick!

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:

Buffalo Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings
Mmm­m­mm blendy!

Once the big lumps are reduced down, dunk the onion rings in the buffalo/blue cheese con­coc­tion:

Buffalo Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings
Time for a buf­falo sauce and blue cheese bath
Buffalo Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings
I high­ly rec­om­mend wear­ing gloves as this gets messy

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:

Buffalo Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings
Use a tooth­pick to keep the bacon in place, but be care­ful not to break the onion rings

After the onion rings are all wrapped in bacon, dust both sides with the rub (Code 3 Spices 5–0 rub in this case):

Buffalo Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings
Rubbed and Ready!

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:

Buffalo Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings
Smoke wood for that smoke action!

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:

Now we’re talk­in’!

Place the buf­falo bacon wrapped onion rings on the grill and close the lid to let the smoke work its mag­ic:

Buffalo Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings
Grab a bev­er­age and enjoy the time next to the grill

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:

Buffalo Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings
We’re get­ting there

Almost ready…

Buffalo Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings
Ooooohh­hh so close!

And now the buf­falo bacon wrapped onion rings are done:

Buffalo Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings
It doesn’t get much bet­ter than this!

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.

Buf­falo Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings
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Onion rings, slathered in a buf­falo sauce/blue cheese con­coc­tion, wrapped in bacon and smoked on the grill!
Ingre­di­ents
  • 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)
Instruc­tions
  1. Slice the onions rings fair­ly thick
  2. Blend the buf­falo sauce and blue cheese togeth­er until the big crum­bles are tiny
  3. Dredge the onion rings in the buf­falo sauce/blue cheese con­coc­tion
  4. Wrap 2 slices of bacon around each onion ring, using a tooth­pick to hold the bacon in place
  5. Dust the buf­falo bacon wrapped onion rings with your favorite rub
  6. Place on an indi­rect or two zone grill at 300 degrees and smoke until the bacon browns up nice­ly
  7. Dis­card the tooth­picks and serve with ranch or blue cheese dress­ing and cel­ery
 
Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas

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