Grilled Bacon-Onion Appetizers Recipe
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Grilled Bacon-Onion Appetizers Recipe

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”I’m the father of three girls who loves cooking for the family in my spare time,” says Dayton Hulst from Moorhead, Minnesota. ”All of us really love this savory treat.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + marinating Grill: 10 min.
MAKES:12 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + marinating Grill: 10 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 2 large sweet onions
  • 12 hickory-smoked bacon strips
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce


  1. Cut each onion into 12 wedges. Cut bacon strips in half widthwise; wrap a piece of bacon around each onion wedge and secure with toothpicks. Place in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. dish.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, vinegar, molasses and barbecue sauce; pour 1/2 cup over onions. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour, turning once. Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade for basting.
  3. Drain and discard marinade. Grill onions, covered, over medium heat for 10-15 minutes, turning and basting frequently with reserved marinade. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Grilled Bacon-Onion Appetizers in Taste of Home August/September 2006, p47

Blush Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a blush wine such as White Zinfandel or a Rosé.

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Reviewed Jul. 22, 2013

"This was a really tasty recipe. Make sure you secure the bacon to the onion so it doesn't fall apart!"

Reviewed Oct. 28, 2012

"Love these!!"

Reviewed Sep. 30, 2012

"I totally messed up the recipe, and yet it still worked perfectly. I BBQ'd on my Dad's grill, and it was too hot. So the bacon burned a bit, and the onions weren't as tender as I'd have liked. But, oh man, that sauce, the taste and texture combo is off the charts, and has me ready to make them again. They definitely go into the "Yummy" file. :)"

Reviewed Sep. 27, 2011

"The "grilling" can be done under the broiler too. You don't get the smoke flavor of the bbq, but they are still tasty. I've made these for church picnics and come home with an empty tray. I recently made them for my parents 50th anniversary reception. Of several appetizers available, this one was the first to disappear. I personally think they are addictive - you can't eat just one!"

Reviewed Feb. 1, 2010

"You've gotta try this recipe!!! Easy and rave reviews. I serve all summer long and everyone requests the recipe. Flavor is fantastic and you along with your family/guests will enjoy"

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