Baked BBQ Onion Rings have barbecue sauce baked right into them! They’re coated with crispy panko bread crumbs too.
While secretly flipping through a cookbook at my son’s soccer game last weekend, I came across a recipe for onion rings. In between whistle blowing and down-the-field dribbles, I started doctoring up these onion rings in my head. And I thought they might be good for an after-soccer weekend lunch… complete with Chicken Salad Sandwiches. Baked BBQ Onion Rings is what I had come up with.
How to make Baked BBQ Onion Rings:
First things first. You need a couple of big onions. I like to use sweet Vidalia onions because I think they taste better. But if you can’t locate those, just get regular onions. You’ll slice your onions into rings.
At this point, you can get your oven heating. And because you’ll be putting the onion rings onto a hot baking sheet, go ahead and put a couple of baking sheets in the oven to heat up too.
Each onion ring is dipped in a mixture of barbecue sauce, eggs and flour. I like to use Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce since that’s my family’s favorite.
Dip the onions rings right on in there and then shake off the excess sauce.
Dip the sauced onion in Panko breadcrumbs. Panko breadcrumbs are a flakier version of breadcrumbs that you can find in your market’s Asian aisle.
Get it coated on all sides.
I like to organize mine on a (cold) baking sheet so they’ll be ready for transfer once they’ve all been dipped. When you have them all coated and ready to bake, you’ll transfer them to one of those piping hot baking sheets that has been pre-heated along with the oven. Spray the onion rings lightly with a little bit of cooking spray (that’ll help give them the crisp you’re looking for.)
These Baked BBQ Onion Rings take a total of about 15 minutes to bake, turning to get all sides golden and crispy.
Even avid ketchup eaters will agree, you don’t need any of that stuff to dunk your onion rings into… the bbq sauce provides plenty of flavor, with the sauce already “built-in” to the ring.
I have to say– we think these Baked BBQ Onion Rings are awesome. They are lightly crisp with a great smoky/spicy flavor and they are not deep fried (yay!) And just for the record, I’m not recommending that you take your cookbooks to soccer games. You should be watching your kids play soccer
If you’re looking for more recipes that you can make to serve with a sandwich or burger, you might also enjoy my Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad or this All American Potato Salad. Baked Garlic Parmesan Potato Wedges, Creamy Buttermilk Cole Slaw and Baked Sweet Potato Fries are delicious choices too!
Baked BBQ Onion Rings
- 1 cup barbecue sauce
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 4 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 3 cups panko bread crumbs
- 2 large sweet onions, sliced into 1/2-inch rings
- cooking spray
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place two baking sheets in the oven and let those preheat too.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together barbecue sauce, eggs and flour. Place bread crumbs in a separate bowl.
- Using tongs (or your fingers) dip onion slice in the barbecue sauce mixture, shake the excess off and then dunk on all sides into the bread crumbs. Lay on a cool baking sheet. Repeat until all onion slices have been dunked.
- Remove hot baking sheets from the oven and spray lightly with cooking spray. Move coated onions to hot baking sheets. Spray the coated onions lightly with cooking spray.
- Bake for about 6 minutes, or until golden, then use tongs to turn each onion ring over. Spray the other side of the onions with cooking spray and bake for an additional 5 to 7 minutes. Watch closely to make sure they crumbs are not browning too quickly or burning.
- Remove from oven and serve immediately.
- *Panko bread crumbs can be found in your market's Asian aisle. Regular breadcrumbs may be substituted.