Beer-Battered Onion Rings with Southern BBQ Sauce
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 6-8 servings
A perfectly crisp beer-battered onion ring with a tangy, sweet and spicy BBQ sauce, perfect for any game day and wonderful for Super Bowl.
Southern BBQ Sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ½ cup Southern Comfort
  • 3 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. fancy black molasses
  • 3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼-1/2 tsp. dried crushed red chili flakes
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • ½ tsp. salt
Onion Rings
  • 2 large white sweet onions
  • 3½-4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1½ cups cornstarch
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. Kosher salt
  • 1½ cups amber ale
  • 2 cups sparkling water
  • 1 large egg
  • 2-4 cups canola oil
  1. For the BBQ Sauce:
  2. Whisk all the ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat and bring mixture to a boil, stir occasionally. Bring temperature down to simmer and let sauce reduce to 2 cups, stirring frequently. Sauce will keep up to 2 weeks in the fridge but also freezes well.
  3. For the onion rings:
  4. If making to serve immediately, preheat oven to 250F. Place two cooling racks over two rimmed baking sheets.
  5. Slice onion into ½" thick slices and separate into rings. Add the onion rings to 1½ cups flour, toss to coat and let sit for 30 min.
  6. When ready to fry them up, mix the remaining flour (1½ cups) with the cornstarch, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne, sugar, and salt, in a large bowl.
  7. Whisk together the beer, sparkling water and egg in another large bowl. Gradually whisk in the dry ingredients, add in the extra ½ cup of flour if needed.
  8. In a large wok of deep fryer heat oil to 350F. Work in batches and don't crowd the onions. Take the onion rings and coat them in the batter and then drop into the oil. Cook the onion rings until golden brown, turning once as needed. Take the onion rings out and place on the prepared cookie sheets. If making ahead to freeze let cool at this point or place in oven to keep warm while you finish making the rest.
  9. *Freeze on the cookie sheets, once frozen place in bags and then back into the freezer. Reheat at 350F. for 10-15 min. or until heated through and crisp.
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