Bacon Maple Grilled Onion Rings

Bacon Maple Grilled Onion Rings

Yes, everything tastes better with bacon, including onion rings! But why fry them in batter when you can smoke them with bacon? They’re delicious and super simple to make at home.


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Bacon Maple Grilled Onion Rings

Recipe Notes

  • Yield: Makes 8
  • Method: Indirect grilling


  • 2 large sweet onions, such as Vidalia, peeled
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • Project Smoke Carolina Pit Powder
  • 1 pound (16 slices) thin-cut bacon, each cut in half lengthwise

Recipe Steps

Step 1: Slice each onion into 1/2-inch-thick rings. Pop the centers out of the largest rings, leaving the outermost wall 2 layers thick. (Reserve the remaining onion for another use.)

Step 2: Brush the outside of the rings with maple syrup and generously season with the rub. Spiral bacon slices around each onion ring, overlapping the bacon slightly. (You’ll need about 2 pieces per ring.) Secure with a toothpick.

Step 3: Set up the grill for indirect grilling and preheat to medium. Grill the rings until the bacon is crisp and nicely browned, about 40 minutes.