Sept 2, 2014
Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings and
Tri-tip on the Pit Barrel Cooker
I've often wondered what else can be cooked on the Pit Barrel Cooker. I've already done most typical BBQ foods such as ribs and turkey, but what about bacon wrapped onion rings and steak!? Tri-tips are hard to come by on the East Coast but I managed to find one at the local Black Angus beef farm. Today's PBC cook includes the best appetizer around as well as tri-tip steak, all hung from hooks on the Pit Barrel Cooker.
I've documented at length how to smoke bacon wrapped onion rings, so I won't go there today. Today's question is can bacon wrapped onion rings hang on the Pit Barrel Cooker? And while I was at it I chose to hang a steak.
The onion rings were supposed to be an appetizer so the rings and the steak went on the PBC at the same time. The steak was rubbed with salt and pepper. The onion rings were brushed with sriracha hot sauce, wrapped in bacon, and sprinkled with black pepper. I used a wooden skewer to help keep the shape of the onion ring and hung it on the provided hooks. Then the steak was hung with two hooks and the cooker was left to do its magic.
After about an hour or so the onion rings were perfect. I took them off and dunked each bite in my sriracha mayo dipping sauce (recipe here). About an hour later the tri-tip registered about 130 degrees F. I removed it and wrapped it with foil to let it rest for a few minutes.
Oh man look at that tri-tip! It sliced up really well. Smokey, beefy and amazing. It was everything I was looking for. So to answer my question, yes, bacon wrapped onion rings can be hung on a Pit Barrel Cooker and of course a tri-tip works as well. The tri-tip took about 2 hours and the bacon wrapped onion rings took about an hour.