Beer-Batter Baked Onion Rings with Drunken BBQ Sauce

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Jan. 17, 2014

Sure, baking is always healthier than frying, but have you ever had those store-bought frozen onion rings? Theyre about as tasty as seasoned cardboard. Not to mention, theyre fried to begin with. But we digress.

Sean and Adam take this All-American staple and spruce it up, with not only some beer in the batter, but instead of using breadcrumbs, they bake it with corn flakes. Yes, the breakfast cereal. Trust your Dude Fooders, its good and really crunchy.

Oh and did we mention, drunken BBQ sauce? Oh yes.


Vidalia onion/Maui onion 3 Large
All purpose flour 3 Cup (48 tbs)
Beer 12 Ounce (Sean used and IPA)
Corn flakes 2 Cup (32 tbs)
Garlic powder 1 Teaspoon
Cayenne pepper 1/2 Teaspoon (Optional)
Salt & pepper To Taste
Green onion To Taste , sliced (for garnish)
For bbq sauce
Dijon mustard 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
Whiskey/bourbon 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
Molasses 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
Brown sugar 2 Tablespoon
Worcestershire sauce 8 Dash
Garlic powder 1 Tablespoon
Onion powder 1 Tablespoon
Ketchup 2 Cup (32 tbs)



1. Pre-heat Oven to 450 degrees F.

2. Put the corn flakes in a food processor and pulse a few times until they’re nicely crumbled. If you don’t have a food processor, dump them into a ziplock bag and get out your aggressions as you crush them with your hands. Pour into a plate or shallow dish and set aside.


3. Peel and then slice the onions into 1/2” rounds. Set aside in a bowl. Pour 2 cups of flour into a medium-sized bowl, then add the garlic powder, cayenne, if using and salt & pepper to taste. Stir to combine. Slowly whisk in the beer until the flour mixture has absorbed all of the liquid. Don’t over mix. Allow to sit for 3-4 minutes.

4. Set up your battering station: Using a plate or shallow dish, pour in the remaining flour.

5. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or foil. Starting with the dish of flour, lightly coat one onion ring, dusting off the excess, then dunk it in the beer batter, allow the excess to drip off, then drop into the corn flakes.

6. Cover with corn flakes then place on the baking sheets. You can put smaller rings inside bigger rings as long as they have plenty of space in between.

7. Bake for 10 minutes, flip over and bake for 10 minutes more until they’re golden brown.


8. To serve: Garnish the onion rings with chopped green onions and a drizzle of BBQ sauce, with more warm BBQ sauce on the side. Best washed down with the same kinda beer that’s in the batter, Bro.

TIP: Dude Food Tip! Use one hand for the wet stuff and one for the dry, or get someone like Adam to help you!

Whilst the onion rings are baking, make the BBQ Sauce, Dude (see below).

For the BBQ Sauce


1. Put all the ingredients into a medium saucepan over low heat, stir to combine and simmer for 10 minutes, or longer if you have time. Don’t drink the rest of the whiskey, Dude or you’ll burn your onion rings.


2. Serve alongside the Onion Rings.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Ready In: 20 Minutes
Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 1044Calories from Fat 16

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 2 g3.1%

Saturated Fat %

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 1662 mg69.25%

Total Carbohydrates 226 g75.3%

Dietary Fiber 14 g56%

Sugars 84 g

Protein 23 g46%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet