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Bessinger's BBQ Onion Rings Copycat

By: John Kilgallon, St. Louis, MO

This Bessinger’s BBQ Onion Rings Copycat appetizer was my first copycat recipe attempt. The family was ecstatic as I commenced the preparations. The rings tasted good with a crunchy, sweet taste and a hint of corn meeting that tender sweet onion flavor. Read my post on the RecipeLion blog for all the details!

Cooking Time5 min


  • 1 cup cornmeal flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 4 medium size Vidalia onions sliced at about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick
  • Peanut oil heated to about 360F


  1. Mix the corn meal flour, sugar, salt and buttermilk and then refrigerate 1/2 hour.
  2. While the oil comes to temperature, slice the onions at about 1/2 inch thick.
  3. Dip the rings in the batter mixture and fried them up, flipping them in the oil as the down side browned. Should take about 4-5 minutes per batch.

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I just want to say as an employee at Bessingers, the recipe is wrong and not even close.

Bev, you are right, that's exactly where the Barbecue aspect comes from. Thanks for the comments everyone!

The BBQ comes in because the restaurant is called Bessinger's BBQ.

Where does the BarB-Q come into this recipe?

Hi, just wanted to point out that this was my first attempt to copycat the rings, but didn't quite make the grade. The rings taste good, but are not as doughy or sweet as the real thing. I am trying to perfect/tweak the recipe to get closer in future attempts. Will update as I progress. Thanks, John K.


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