I loved grilled fruit. Anita, not so much. Until now. Grilled maple bacon pineapple rings made a believer out of her with the first bite. Sweet lightly charred pineapple, heavenly real maple syrup and smoky bacon. It’s the perfect simple grilled dessert. Or side dish. I mean, I served it as a side dish. Why not?
I bought this really cool pineapple corer from Amazon the other day. I’ve been wanting to use it forever. I picked up a pineapple on sale, got the corer out of the box, and in about a minute I had perfect fresh pineapple rings for these grilled maple bacon pineapple rings. You can also make a pineapple ‘bowl’, great for serving things like fried rice and grilled shrimp with pineapple. Click on the picture below if you want to learn more about it on Amazon. It’s a fun little gadget.
Making dessert on a grill or smoker is fun. Also try my fantastic smoked brownies.
Grilled Maple Bacon Pineapple Rings
- Fresh pineapple rings
- Vegetable oil
- Maple syrup
- Cooked applewood-smoked bacon chopped
Fire up your grill.
Lightly brush both sides of the pineapple rings with the vegetable oil.
Place the pineapple rings onto the grill and grill until you get grill marks.
Flip carefully and cook the other side until marked.
Transfer to a platter, drizzle with syrup and sprinkle with bacon crumbles.
These Sriracha bacon onion rings that I made on my Char-Broil Big Easy give new meaning to kicked-up goodness. I mean, come on, what could be better than Sriracha and bacon? Now, these rings don’t get all super crispy like they’ve been deep-fried, but they more than make up for that with flavor. You can’t possibly make enough of these to satisfy your guests.
You can serve the rings ‘as-is’, or do as I did and mix a few squirts of Sriracha and Ranch dressing together and use that as a dipping sauce. The cool Ranch helps cool off the spicy goodness, but it doesn’t hide it. Heck, I added Sriracha to it so it’s not like it’s wimpy.
You can’t fit a whole bunch of Sriracha bacon onion rings on the standard basket that comes with your Big Easy. To really make a batch, you’ll need the Big Easy cooking rack available from Char-Broil. It adds a lot of cooking room. You can read my evaluation of the rack by clicking here.
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Sriracha Bacon Onion Rings on the Char-Broil Big Easy
In order to cook the full recipe amount below you'll need the Big Easy cooking rack
. Otherwise, you'll have to divide the recipe up. Or at least use a Big Easy Bunk Bed basket
to double the amount you can cook at once.
Servings 12 -16 rings
- 2 large Vidalia onions
- Sriracha sauce
- 8 slices good bacon
Fire up your Big Easy.
Slice the onion into thick 'steaks' about 1/2" thick.
Push out the inner rings (save for another use), leaving the last two outer rings still together as one. Do not separate them. Note: If the rings are particularly thick then you can separate them as cook them as single rings.
Squeeze some Sriracha into a bowl that's just big enough to fit an onion ring.
Place the ring into the sauce. Using your fingers, spread the sauce all over the ring. Flip the onion and repeat. Get it coated, but not drenched.
Wrap bacon around the rings. Don't wrap too tightly since the bacon will shrink. Don't wrap it too loose or it'll fall off.
Brush (or just use your fingers) more Sriracha on the outside of the bacon.
Place the rings on your Big Easy rack and lower into the Big Easy.
Cook the rings until the bacon just starts to crisp. Gently flip them and cook another 10-15 minutes. Remove to a baking sheet and let firm up a bit.