Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings

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These Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings are everything you could ever want and more from a side dish. If you’re a fan of onion rings, DO NOT pass this recipe up! It’s a little ring of pure, unadulterated goodness (wrapped in bacon!).

A stack of onion rings wrapped in bacon on a wooden cutting board

Smoked Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings

These bacon wrapped onion rings need no introduction. They’re the hit of the party and you won’t be able to stop at just one. These guys are cooked in the smoker, so you don’t have to stress over hot oil and a greasy mess.

Before you begin making these delicious morsels, you’ll need to pick up a few things from the grocery. All you need for these onion rings are onions, bacon, and my Best Sweet Rub. You can make this sweet rub at home, or purchase some pre-made and delivered to your door from Patio Provisions.

That’s it! Three ingredients and some good smoking are all that stand between you and these bacon wrapped onion rings.

Onion slices on a cooling rack

How to Make Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings

The process for making bacon wrapped onion rings is extremely simple. And since you’re not dealing with batter or oil, you’ll save some serious time and effort.

  1. Cut. Slice your rings into good, thick slices. Aim for all your slices to be around 3/4″. Keep two rings together as seen in the picture above. This allows for sturdier onions when they hit the grill.
  2. Wrap. Wrap the entire onion with a slice of bacon, tucking the ends in or using toothpicks to secure. Use as much bacon as you need to fully cover the onion.
  3. Season. After you have your onion rings lovingly wrapped in bacon, season them on all sides with Sweet Rub.
  4. Smoke. With your smoker preheated to 275 degrees F, place the wrapped onion rings directly on the grill grates and cook for 75-90 minutes, depending on how crisp you want your bacon. Remove when the bacon is fully cooked to your preference.
  5. Eat! Allow the bacon wrapped onion rings to cool slightly before serving. These guys are great enjoyed alongside a Smoked Hamburger, on a burger or sandwich, or chopped up in anything you desire.

bacon wrapped onion rings on a cooling rack

Tips for Making Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings

Check out these handy tips for making these onion rings before scrolling below for the full printable recipe. Trust me when I say these tips will help you get the best cooked onion rings around.

  • Wrap carefully. Make sure to tuck the bacon nice and tight so it doesn’t come unraveled when it goes on the smoker. You can also use toothpicks, but you’ll need to keep track of how many are in each onion ring so you can remove them before serving.
  • Choose your doneness. If you like softer bacon, start checking for doneness after the onion rings have been in the smoker for around 75 minutes. For bacon that is fully rendered with a slight crisp, cook for 90 minutes. If you want those rings extremely crispy, crank the heat to 400 degrees F for the last few minutes to give them that good, hard crunch.
  • Use regular bacon. You don’t need to get fancy with the bacon you use for these onion rings. Regular thickness works great. If you want crispy bacon in less time, go ahead and select a thinner slice of bacon.

cooked bacon wrapped onion rings held with a pair of tongs

More Bacon Wrapped BBQ

There’s truly nothing better than food wrapped in other food. Bacon wrapped BBQ is, quite possibly, the tastiest treat around. If you’re a fan of all things wrapped in bacon, check out a few of my favorite recipes below:

Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings Recipe

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Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings

By: Susie Bulloch (
5 from 3 votes
These Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings are everything you could ever want and more from a side dish. If you're a fan of onion rings, DO NOT pass this recipe up! It's a little ring of pure, unadulterated goodness (wrapped in bacon!).
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 50 minutes
Servings6 people



  • Preheat the smoker. Preheat your smoker to 275 degrees F.
  • Slice the onion into rings. Slice your onions into 3/4 inch thick slices. Separate the rings so that two rings remain together, this will give you sturdier onion rings that will hold up during cooking. You will likely get two rings out of each slice. Discard or save the smaller inside sections of the onions for stock, soup, etc.
  • Wrap the onion rings in bacon and season. Wrap each onion ring with a slice of bacon. The larger rings may require two pieces of bacon to cover them completely. Tuck the ends of the bacon, or secure with a toothpick, if necessary. Season all sides of the bacon wrapped onion ring with sweet rub.
  • Smoke the bacon wrapped onion rings. Place the onion rings on the smoker and close the lid. Plan to smoke for 90 minutes total. Flip the onion rings at the 45 minute mark, and then start checking for doneness after 75 minutes. If you like softer bacon, you can pull these off sooner, or if you like your bacon more rendered and slightly crisp, let them go a bit longer. After 90 minutes, you'll have nicely rendered, bite through bacon with a slight crisp. If you want crispier bacon, you can increase the heat on your grill or smoker  to 400 degrees F for the last few minutes, just keep an eye on the sugars in the seasoning so they don't burn.
  • Cool and serve. Remove your finished bacon wrapped onion rings from the smoker and allow to cool just slightly before serving. Fantastic as a side dish, appetizer, or topping for a burger.


Calories: 345kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 503mg | Potassium: 237mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 158IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Susie is the BBQ Brain behind the Hey Grill Hey website. Her passion for smoked meats and developing fun, new recipes have landed her on the Food Network, cooking turkeys with Shaq, and on a couple of Guinness World Records. When she’s not grilling, she is hanging out with Todd and their three kids, preferably outdoors!

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16 Reviews

  1. Ella Ann Cooper says:

    How to make the sweet run?

  2. Kathy says:

    I love trying new recipes, but I live in an apartment, no grill can I do these in the oven?

    1. Hey Grill Hey says:

      Absolutely! Same time and temps!

  3. JK says:

    These are definitely next on my to do list. My mouth is watering just reading the recipe.

  4. Lidia says:

    I don’t have a smoker, just a grill so how do I go with it. Thanks

    1. Curt Groen says:

      Lidia, I would set your grill up for indirect heat. With the bacon you won’t want it cooking over the coals. Cook times shouid be about the same.

  5. Jennifer Vancas says:

    I cannot wait to make these delicious sounding onion rings

  6. Barbara Dellinger says:

    Sounds fantastic, but how do you use the seasoning?

    1. Hey Grill Hey says:

      Oops! I forgot to add in that step. Fixing now…

  7. Michelle says:

    When and where do I use the rub on these?

    1. Hey Grill Hey says:

      Oops! I forgot to add in that step. Fixing now…

  8. Tom Margol says:

    These are great! Mixed some ranch dressing and hot sauce to make a delicious dipping sauce.

  9. Tom says:

    Great recipes I love them all

  10. Steve says:

    this sounds Amazing