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Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings


Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings

By: Heather Tallman 

Yes. You read that correctly. I said bacon wrapped onion rings.

In the last several years I have made many things that I have wrapped in bacon and only a few have made it to my site. Why? Because we either ate it before I could photograph it OR they turned out what I like to call ‘Ugly-Delish’. You get the point.

Bacon wrapped tater tots (OMG), bacon wrapped dates ( ‘Ugly-Delish’), bacon wrapped jalapenos stuffed with cheese and hot sauce (on fire delicious) and today I give to you what quite possibly is the best bacon wrapped creation thus far: bacon wrapped onion rings!

{cue the light shining down from heaven and the sound of angels singing} 

This recipe encompasses all of the yum factors: crunchy, savory, sweet, zesty AND spicy. When you make them you can dial up or down the spice level depending on the kind of sauce you use. The first time I made these I used Redhead Hot Sauce from Best Boy and Co.This time, however, I used Honey BBQ Wing Sauce from Saucy Mama. SM recently sent me a pack of sauces and dressings to sample and integrate into a recipe. That recipe, if chosen, would earn me a ‘Golden Ticket’ to the World Food Championships in November in Las Vegas. Once there I would compete by making my chosen Saucy Mama recipe. It’s fun- I have been to this in the past (read here).

Saucy Mama

So I made this recipe, got the technique down and decided that THIS was going to be the winning recipe. I got the post ready, set it to come out 2 days before the recipes were due. I knew this was the winner. I have seen what the winners make at WFC. I am at an advantage. At that very same moment another Saucy Mama competitor posted very close to the exact same recipe! We BOTH have bacon on the brain!

So I decided to share my other SM recipe. I didn’t want to share a recipe that was too closely related to another. I loved my backup recipe and it was original and interesting so I chose to enter that one. Will it win? I don’t know. But it’s delicious and I love it :)

I would love for you to check it out:

Warm Honey Dijon Chicken Salad Sandwich Turnovers

 Ready for some bacon wrapped onion rings?

bacon wrapped onion rings


Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings with Spicy Dipping Sauce

Rating: 5

Yield: Depending on onion size, you can get 10-12 rings out of this.



  • 3 large onions (I have used Walla Walla and Vidalia) that are more ball shaped and less oval shaped, peel outer skin only
  • 1 pound of good quality bacon ( I used Indiana Kitchen)
  • 8-10 oz of hot sauce of your choice OR bbq sauce
  • 1 C light mayo or Greek yogurt


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with foil, silpat or parchment.
    1. Slice prepared onions into 1/2" thick rings.
    1. Discard rings that are too thin.
    2. Remove the inner layers leaving only the outside few- diameter (1/3 to 1/2" thick) finished ring.
    3. Place rings in a shallow dish.
    1. Pour sauce over rings and use tongs to flip carefully to coat.
    2. Taking one bacon strip at a time, wrap around ring with a ever-so-slight overlap.
    3. You may need 2 strips to cover the entire onion ring.
    4. It is important to overlap a bit so they bake well and don't fall apart.
    1. Place on the sheet (not touching each other) and bake for 45 minutes or until bacon is fully cooked and somewhat firm.
    1. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
    2. Use a wide spatula to carefully remove ring (in one piece) and top burgers OR eat alone with a dip!
    1. Dip:
    2. Whisk leftover (1/3 C) sauce you used for onions with 1 C of light mayonnaise or Greek yogurt.
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