Barbecue Onion Rings

Barbecue Onion Rings Recipe -

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.

Barbecue Onion Rings Recipe -

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.

Barbecue Onion Rings Recipe -

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.

Barbecue Onion Rings Recipe -

Barbecue Onion Rings

Sweet barbecue onion rings with a crisp Panko crust.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 3


  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 1/2 C barbecue sauce
  • 1 C plain Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 C plain breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 375°F. 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.


An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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38 Responses to “Barbecue Onion Rings”

  1. #
    Jen @ Savory Simple — February 18, 2013 at 8:26 am

    What a brilliant way to season onion rings! I must have these.

  2. #
    katie — February 18, 2013 at 9:03 am

    stop it. i love onion rings and to add in the barbecue sauce… sounds divine my friend!

  3. #
    Amanda — February 18, 2013 at 9:13 am

    I think we feel the EXACT same about onion rings, so therefore we are now best friends. K? K. :)

  4. #
    Karly — February 18, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Love these! I’m all about onion rings…never had a barbecue version, though!

  5. #
    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — February 18, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Pretty sure I need these to go along side of the pulled pork on Bake Your Day for lunch. These look AWESOME.

  6. #
    Cassie | Bake Your Day — February 18, 2013 at 9:25 am

    I looooove onion rings! These look incredible, Rachel. I was craving onion rings yesterday and now I will all day today too!

  7. #
    Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — February 18, 2013 at 9:45 am

    making these for dinner- TONIGHT!

    • #
      Rachel — February 18, 2013 at 10:39 am

      Oh I hope you do! :)

  8. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — February 18, 2013 at 9:51 am

    These are so intriguing. These would be perfect with a burger or a BBQ meal!

  9. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — February 18, 2013 at 9:58 am

    I’m a totally crushing on these!! Can’t wait to whip these up!!

  10. #
    Robyn | Add a Pinch — February 18, 2013 at 10:28 am

    These sound perfect! Love onion rings and can’t wait to try them with BBQ! Genius!

  11. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — February 18, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Okay, I have two onions in the house and everything I need. WHYYY do I have to be at work today – I just want to go devour a baking sheet full of these!!!

  12. #
    Brian Meagher — February 18, 2013 at 11:55 am

    What an awesome idea! And such a simple recipe.

    Must try these… we have a few jars of BBQ sauce lying around here. :)

  13. #
    Carla @ Carlas Confections — February 18, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    In love with the addition of the BBQ sauce! I think you and I are the same when it comes to BBQ sauce haha :D I cant wait to make these!!!!

    • #
      Rachel — February 18, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      I’m pretty sure we’d be in bbq heaven together with all of the food possibilities out there!

  14. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — February 18, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Oh mamma! I love that you added BBQ!

  15. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — February 18, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    BAKED barbecue onion rings? I’m so in.

  16. #
    Bree {Skinny Mommy} — February 18, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    I love onion rings and these look amazing! I love the two breadcrumbs, bbq and of course that they are baked!

  17. #
    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — February 18, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    You are SUCH a genius! I love onion rings so much! I mean they’re practicalllllly healthy…but coated in bbq sauce! SO smart! These sound fabulous! I can’t wait to try them out! I love bbq on basically everything as well…definitely my condiment of choice!

  18. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — February 18, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Gah, every time I see an onion ring post I ended up craving them! These look great!

  19. #
    Kristen — February 18, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Oh me oh my – these look amazing!

  20. #
    Tracey — February 18, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    As much as I love fries, onion rings are my kryptonite and these look absolutely amazing!! Oh, and so with you on the BK onion rings :)

    • #
      Rachel — February 18, 2013 at 4:33 pm

      So glad I’m not alone ;)

  21. #
    a farmer in the dell — February 18, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    unlike you I love all onions. Raw, sautéed, baked or fried. These onion rings sound so stinking good! Can’t wait to give em a try!

  22. #
    Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs — February 18, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Rachel, these are fabulous!

  23. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — February 18, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    i LOVE bbq everything. i mean, i’m sure we already knew that since we’re twins, but i slather bbq on everything. remember our red robin trip? oh yeah, all those sauces and bbq was on every single bite. we should order onion rings next time and slather them in bbq…or just make these and they’d be just as good :)

  24. #
    Margot C — February 18, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    The panko is the thing, divine stuff.

  25. #
    amy @ fearless homemaker — February 19, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Oh yum! And I couldn’t agree more – onion rings should be crisp, not juicy. Love your barbecue twist on these. And love that they’re baked and not fried for an additional healthy note. =)

  26. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — February 19, 2013 at 9:21 am

    I don’t even think you know how excited these are making me right now!

  27. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — February 19, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    i am ALL over onion rings. I love them so much. If I have a choice of onion rings over fries, you betcha I’ll order the onion rings. ;) But a BBQ version. I am in love. Must try these at home one weekend! Kevin would love them too!

  28. #
    Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife — February 19, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    My goodness, who wouldn’t love these!

  29. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — February 19, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    You know I’m going to obsess over these until I can eay one.And I would totally try to eat them too soon and they would be too hot. But I would love them anyway ;)

  30. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — February 19, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    What a fun idea – love onion rings. I just had BK onion rings last night at the airport. They were fresh out of the fryer – LOVE those!

  31. #
    Aggie — February 20, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Oh goodness gracious, please pass me that plate. I love onion rings. And don’t make them home enough. These look amazing – love the bbq twist!!

  32. #
    Tracy — February 23, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    These look awesome and I love that they’re baked! Yum!!

  33. #
    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — February 28, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    I love how particular you are about your onion rings. too funny!!

  34. #
    Emily — March 4, 2013 at 10:36 am

    I made these over the weekend and they never got crisp. Were super floppy, etc. Then I got annoyed, turned on broil and they burnt, of course.

    Ideas on what I was doing wrong? They look just like your picture but they were practically just floppy, raw onions.

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      Rachel — March 4, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      Without being there and seeing them I can’t really be sure but here are two possibilities – the onion slices could have been too thick or they could have had too much barbecue sauce on them. Too much sauce will cause items to not crisp up as they would otherwise.

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