Barbecue Onion Rings
I’ve never been a big fan of onions, except for when it comes to onion rings. Crisp and delicious onion rings. They’re one of my many guilty pleasures. But under no circumstance are they allowed to be thick and juicy. Apples are meant to be juicy, not onion rings. Greasy, sure but not juicy. I know I’m being extra particular here but it’s just how it is. Crisp and thin is the only way to go, unless they’re BK onion rings but that’s a whole other level of guilty pleasure. And we probably shouldn’t even delve into that topic.
Easily once a week I’d look at an onion hanging in the kitchen baskets or spot one in the veggie drawer in the fridge and think I should totally make onion rings. They’re not hard to make and the most time consuming part is coating them, so I’m not really sure why I didn’t make them whenever it would hit me… or why until this weekend I hadn’t made them in probably months. I truly believe onion rings could be paired with so many simple lunches and dinners. Bonus… not only do my kids love them, but they’ve got to be healthier than potatoes, even with the breading. But don’t be fooled… if ever having to make the choice between potatoes and onions, potatoes will nearly always win. The only time onions might win is when they’re crisp, golden, crispy and delicious onion rings.
Instead of my usual seasoned Panko onion rings, I wanted to throw in a new twist. I love barbecue everything. Okay, practically everything because I’m sure there are things barbecue sauce isn’t meant to be on… like say cupcakes. Gross. But barbecue sauce is completely right in every way paired with onions. While I realize these aren’t for everyone (em hem… The Mr who just so happens to basically despise barbecue sauce), these will please 99.9% of the population… kids included! In fact, this entire batch was pretty much devoured by our girls.
Kid approved, crisp and sweet barbecue onion rings! They’re an absolute winner.
Yield: serves 2-3
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Barbecue Onion Rings
Sweet barbecue onion rings with a crisp Panko crust.
1 medium yellow onion
1/2C barbecue sauce
1C plain Panko breadcrumbs
1/2C plain breadcrumbs
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
Prepare onion by cutting off the top and root end, and removing the outer layer. Slice into thin rounds.
Add barbecue sauce to one medium bowl. Mix together remaining ingredients in a second medium bowl.
Dip one onion ring at a time in the barbecue sauce, gently shaking off any excess. Transfer carefully to the breadcrumb mixture, coating well. Place on prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining onion pieces. Lightly spray with olive oil.
Bake for 12-15 minutes or until crisp. Enjoy immediately.