Baked Sriracha Glazed Man Candy Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings

When I first saw the recipe for grilled bacon wrapped onion rings a few years  ago I was intrigued.  Since most of you know by now I’m not one that has mastered the grill (kinda hard when Mr. Fantabulous and I go round and round about my buying a BBQ and him saying he’ll just build me one… for the past 8 years) a girl has to improvise those grilled techniques.  I’ve made bacon wrapped onion rings a bunch of times, and while they were good – I mean seriously it’s bacon after all and ANYTHING WRAPPED IN BACON is awesome.  I think I’d even like cucka bleu cheese wrapped in bacon.. maybe.  Heck I might even try a bacon wrapped cherry.

Um… on second thought.  No, no I wouldn’t.  Cherries are just the seeds from Satan.  *shudder*  Anyway, recently another site posted the grilled version of the wrapped onion ring and all of you kept asking me where was my version since you know Sriracha and bacon are my two food loves.  As I said, I tried and tried a few times but it just was.. okay.  And you all know me, I don’t do just ‘okay’ when it comes to food.  I want to blow your mind and rock your world.  Well FINALLY I figured out what was missing and seriously I literally said “OMFG” out loud in my kitchen this morning when I took that very first bite. That was it!  The missing ingredient!  Funny thing was, I had this flavor combination for years.  Heck, it’s one of my most popular recipes and has been featured on countless cooking shows, food blogs, repinned, downloaded and shared millions of times.  What was it?  MAN CANDY baby!  Man Candy II to be exact!

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Yeah… see that plate?

Yeah I ate the ENTIRE plate for breakfast and I am not apologizing one stinking minute! I’d do it again (and most likely will!).

Baked Sriracha Glazed Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings

See every other single time I made these it was just bacon, onions and Sriracha. It was heat and salt but there was no balance. It was off kilter.  It was good, don’t get me wrong, but the flavor profile wasn’t finished.  It was like being at a hockey game, eating your nachos with cheese, finishing up a hot dog and stopping.  No beer to finish off that meal.  It just wasn’t … done.

You were left with that “it’s missing something” taste in your mouth.  And if you’re a cook like me, that’s enough to drive you nuts.

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Now I will give you a fair bit of warning, just like I did when I posted the Man Candy II recipe, as this cooks the heat from the Sriracha sauce can make your eyes water, when you stick your head in the oven to flip these (like I did.. stupid move).  Take the pan out of the oven, close the door and then flip (carefully).  Let’s just say my waterproof mascara was put to the test but dear God it was so worth it!
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As these cook the onions get soft to the point they seem like the almost melt inside the bacon when you bite into them. I mean you still have your full onion but they are so soft and tender which is perfect for me who has texture issues.  See I like cooked onions but I still get wigged out (hello early 2000’s calling, we want our phrase back!) when I bite in to an onion ring, the breading breaks and I’m left with this chunk of onion sticking out of my mouth.  This gags me to the point I can’t eat anymore of them.

However with these, I had NO problem engulfing these puppies!  Trust me, if I had more I would have eaten the entire lot of ’em.

*mental note* get 5lbs of onions for next weekend!Baked Sriracha Glazed Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings5
As these cook, the bacon renders its juices and the brown sugar starts to caramelize.  The Sriracha flavors are infused into the onion and what comes out of your oven is pure perfection! Now I’m going to tell you this now (and in the recipe), you NEED to let these rest for a few minutes after you take them out of the oven. Just like the Man Candy, they are soft but will crisp up very quickly when you remove them from the cooling rack.  I know it’ll be hard but just wait a few minutes. Plus they are hot as can be! Trust me, you don’t want to burn the roof of your mouth as you won’t be able to enjoy these.

Hmmm.. on second thought, if you burn your mouth I can give you ice cubes… and eat these for you.  I mean I wouldn’t want them going to waste! *wink*

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Okay seriously as I’m sitting here writing up this post my stomach is GROWLING .. and I had dinner!  I’m so kicking myself in the butt right now for not making a double batch of these! This is one of those recipes where I cannot wait to people over to make these!  These will be the hit of your summer parties guaranteed!  HA!  Wait who am I kidding?  I don’t need company to make these!  Monday night baby – we have a date!  I’m so craving these right now!

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I see this recipe going viral overnight an rightly so!  This is a game changer when it comes to creating recipes!  GAME ON folks!  It’s BACON TIME!

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Baked Sriracha Glazed Man Candy Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings


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  • 2 large Vidalia onions, peeled and cut into 1/2” rings (do not separate rings)
  • 3 Tbl Sriracha
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 16 slices of bacon
  • Wooden skewers (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 400F, rack in the middle.
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil and place a cooling rack on top.
  3. Lightly spray the cooling rack.
  4. Place the brown sugar in a pie tin.
  5. Place the Sriracha in a bowl.
  6. Gently separate the onion rings leaving 2 rings together (you want to double up on the onions when you wrap them). For this dish you want the larger rings. The smaller, inner rings you can set aside and use in another dish.
  7. Take 2 strips of bacon and coat each side with brown sugar (doesn’t have to be caked on but coated evenly).
  8. If your hands are sensitive, put on plastic gloves and using a pastry brush or rubber tipped brush, baste the Sriracha on all sides of the onion rings (leaving the 2 together).
  9. Starting at one end of the bacon, snuggly but gently wrap the bacon around the onion ring slightly overlapping itself. You should be able to get half way around (again, depends on how big your rings are).
  10. Take the second piece of bacon and place one end over top of the previous piece of bacon (where you left off) and continue wrapping until you have completely wrapped the onion ring in bacon.
  11. If you wish at this point you can skewer the bacon in place (I didn’t).
  12. Place end side down on the rack and continue wrapping the rest of the rings. For the smaller rings I used 1 1/2 slices of bacon. You really don’t want to overload this with bacon as you want the bacon to cook evenly.
  13. Once all the rings are wrapped, place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  14. Using tongs GENTLY flip over.
  15. Cook for another 15-20 minutes. The last 3 minutes I broiled them as I wanted that charred appearance.
  16. Remove from the oven and immediately plate. They will be soft so be careful but the bacon will crisp up and they will become crispy crunchy.
Side note: To help with cleanup, have a sink of hot soapy water ready that you can immediately put your cooling rack in. Don’t let this stuff dry on the rack as it’s a pain to get off. Soaking it for 15 minutes will take it off really easily.


23 Responses to “Baked Sriracha Glazed Man Candy Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings”

  • Bacon wrapped onion rings sound like heaven but I’m very low carb and the brown sugar bothers me…….do you think Truvia could substitute ok?

  • John says:

    Jeez – not even a link to my blog for my recipe?

    • TKWAdmin says:

      Hi John,

      Yours isn’t the site I originally saw this recipe from though. I have been searching for a few years to find the original source but I cannot for the life of me remember it. Yours was posted only 2-3 weeks prior to this one. Per my first line above “When I first saw the recipe for grilled bacon wrapped onion rings a few years ago I was intrigued.” Sadly I cannot find that source. I wish I could as they created something revolutionary. 🙁

      Best Kitchen Wishes!

  • Gabe Steiger says:

    Okay, so the last recipe I used from your website was the amazing pan-seared New York Strip steak. I said in that comment that I would try these next, and I finally got around to doing it. As the other commenters say, these are amazing! They were a lot easier to make than I had expected. A little tedious, but well worth it!

    TKW, this is the second time you have indirectly made my smoke alarm go off! LoL. It was an easy fix, though, as I just took the drippings pan out and added some water. I drained the water towards the end as most of the dripping process had completed, so they could crisp up. That took care of the smoke! I also just placed mine directly on the oven rack with a cake pan underneath. It was an easy clean up.
    Thanks for a great recipe!

    • TKWAdmin says:

      Gabe you so put a smile on my face and I’m sorry to say, made me giggle a little. You have one high powered smoke alarm there babe! Yeah they are tedious as you have to loop and weave if you will but the outcome… seriously I ate an entire batch one day myself!

      If you use the baking pan line with foil and cooling rack method then the only clean up you have is the cooling rack. At that point, at least for me, I toss it in the dishwasher and it comes clean in the next cycle.

      And thank you once again for your feedback (and smile!). I really appreciate it!

      Best Kitchen Wishes!


  • Gabriel Steiger says:

    I just came across this website while I was looking for a good method to cook steak indoors earlier this afternoon. The steak came out GREAT thanks to your tips. It tasted like it came off the grill (the fire alarm DID, however, go off. LoL.)

    This recipe will be my next project. I’ll be making it tomorrow more than likely, so I’ll be sure to post a follow up review.

    I love your website, I could spend a lot of time on here. Actually, I already have!

    Thanks TKW,

    • TKWAdmin says:

      Hi Gabriel!

      HAHAHA sorry about the firealarm but hey, at least you know it works, right? LOL But yeah we love those steaks too!

      Thank you so very much for your kind words and feedback. That really means a lot to me! I can’t wait to hear what you think of it!

      Best Kitchen Wishes!

    • Debra Baker says:

      My friend puts them on the smoker

  • Rack Cleaning says:

    The clean the rack after use place the rack/screen screen side down in the baking sheet. Fill baking sheet with hot soapy water. Wait 15 mins and scrub off easy with green pad. If it dries on do the same but wait an hour.

  • cathy says:

    Wow! made these babies on the bbq for father’s day feast….OMG! absolutely amazing delicious! to quote Mr. Gordon Ramsey….a party in my mouth! Awesome recipe! Thank you for sharing with us!

  • Joanne says:

    OMG, just amazing.. sweet, heat, salty, onion delicious-ness! And they are baked, not deep fried, so you know they are really good for you too!

    • TKWAdmin says:


      Thank you SO much!!! That really means a lot to me! These are a definite keeper for all of the summer bbqs, cookouts and parties!

      Best Kitchen Wishes!

  • Matt says:

    Oh dear GOD yes! YES YES YES YES YES!

    Marry me!

    You are an evil genius and I LOVE you! This is definitely one for the boys Friday night!

    • TKWAdmin says:

      HAHA I LOVE it Matt! Thank you! Hey this may be called “Man Candy” but this is one the ladies will devour as well. Trust me, I speak from experience!

      And me evil and a genius? Hmmm… well one of those is true *wink*

      Best Kitchen Wishes!

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