Recipe courtesy of Leonard's BBQ

Leonard's Barbeque Onion Ring Batter

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 4 hr 25 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Inactive: 4 hr
  • Cook: 5 min
  • Yield: 4 servings (very large side)
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2 tablespoons onion powder

2 tablespoons salt

1 tablespoon sugar

2 heaping tablespoons white self-rising corn meal

1 egg

5 cups 2 percent milk

8 cups plain all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups water

1 1/2 teaspoons yellow food color

4 jumbo yellow onions

Vegetable oil, for frying


  1. Using a large mixing bowl, mix all ingredients until no lumps remain. Use jumbo yellow onion rings and slice about 3/4-inch thick.
  2. Coat the onion rings evenly in batter and deep fry at 350 degrees F in vegetable oil just until batter sticks to the rings. Remove the rings from the vegetable oil and drain well, then refrigerate the rings for 2 to 4 hours. You can keep refrigerated for 1 to 2 days loosely covered.
  3. When ready to serve, drop the onion rings into 350 degrees F vegetable oil until golden brown.