Tuesday, May 13, 2014

BBQ Vidalia Candy Sweet ONIONS - 52 Side Dishes from the Grill

 3 ingredients... now that's simple.  And the payoff is a side dish that is unique, has layers of textures and is amazingly sweet and delicious.

You start with the legendary Vidalia Onion.  Those super sweet onions.  In my area (Kansas, you know, God's Country), our local farmer's sell a variety of onion they call simply "Candy Onions" or sometimes, "Candy Sweet Onions".  While I am a huge fan of the real Vidalia, I am also a big fan of buying fresh and local so normally I make this with the locally grown Candy Sweet variety.

Only important thing is to be sure to hunt down the sweetest variety of onion you can find.

I did grill these in my gas grill.  WOrks just as well in a coal grill (Indirect heat, set up like an onion, lit coals shoved to the side, pan with onions on the other side of the grate).  I have also made these in the winter in a regular kitchen oven.

This really is very very easy.  While the cooking instructions have several steps, basically you take a whole onion, trim the ends, hollow out enough space to add some BBQ sauce, bake in a pan with some chicken stock in the bottom, after an hour, add more stock and more BBQ sauce and in an hour you have a fantastic unusual side dish.

Super Sweet, Super Easy and Super Delicious...  And this dish will very much take your BBQ party to another level.with almost no work!

OK... here's what I did...

BBQ Vidalia
Candy Sweet ONIONS

  • 6 Large Vidalia Onions (or Candy Sweet Variety)
  • 12 TBS Plus 6 More TBS Sweet BBQ Sauce
  • 1 Cup plus 1 More Cup Chicken Stock
  • Sliced Green Onion to Garnish
Cooking Directions
  1. Carefully slice the ends of the onions off. The root tip, just enough so the onion will sit flat, the sprouting tip cut to almost the widest part of the onion.
  2. Hollow out about 1 inch bowl from the sprout end of the onion, making sure you do not puncture all the way through the sides or bottom.
  3. Put 2 TBS BBQ Sauce in each of the hollowed out ends.
  4. Line them up on the bottom of a disposable aluminum pan.
  5. Add one cup Chicken Stock to the bottom of the pan.
  6. Set in your grill or smoker, indirect heat, about 300 degrees for one hour (lid closed of course, making this an oven).
  7. After an hour your onions should begin to soften, the BBQ sauce is seeping into the softened layers of the onion and most of the stock has evaporated or been absorbed into the onion. Add another cup of stock to the bottom of the pan.
  8. Slice the onions into quarters now and drizzle a fresh bit of BBQ sauce over the slices.
  9. Return to the grill, same temp and setting for another hour.
  10. To serve, transfer the onions to a serving dish, trying to be careful to keep each onion quarter together, garnish with slices of green onion
  11. Serve Warm and ENJOY!


This simple recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Simple but Next Level Dishes"!

Kind of an odd title for these posts. But the longer sentence is... Simple recipes that are easy and inexpensive that will take your cooking to the next level... Things like easy pickled items (I always have a jar of Pickled Red Onions for sandwiches in my fridge). Or how about the easiest bread to make in the world... Beer Bread that is tasty on it's own but also makes a wonderful open face pizza style sandwich... With easy to make Tomato Sauce. Or how about Roasting Garlic for a spread on toast points for a unique appetizer. Infusing Oil with Herbs or spices or spicy peppers. Or how about making your own BBQ sauce. Nothing sets you apart as a grill master like setting out a jar of your own specialty BBQ Sauce.

You get the idea. These recipes are very simple, take very little time but will set you apart as a better cook...


So,  I am pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of  "52 Grilling Time Secret Extras" or "52 Ways to Cook BBQ and Grilling Recipes"!!!

Well over 52 recipes actually as I just can't stop... Over 100 in one grilling season (I love to grill!). But not just leat... Drinks, Condiments (LOTS of different BBQ sauces), Drinks, Desserts... even specialty items like GRILLED Pizza, and fun shaped Watermelons.  Easy and these ideas will make you the MASTER of your Backyard Domain!


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