T squared cut up 4 large onions from his crop this year into 1/4 inch slices and threw them onto a spare rack when he was doing some butts. Smoked them for an hour, using Special Blend and pulled them out when they looked golden brown. Let them cool and stuck them in the fridge, until he had time to make some smoked onion soup.
“OMG! Big hit with my partner (she’s a soup fiend) and they tasted unbelievable to me too. I think you could do a rack or two full, while you are doing something else and then chuck them in the freezer.”
You’ll need 4 large onions cut into 1/4″ slices, 3 tbsp. butter, 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 cloves garlic finely minced, 1 tsp. kosher salt, 2 tsp. sugar and black pepper to taste. Next, 1 cup red wine, 1/4 cup all purpose flour, 6 cups beef or veggie broth and 1 cup of heavy cream (milk is optional).
- Place sliced onions on a rack and smoke for an hour using Special Blend. They are done when they are golden brown.
- Let the onions cool. They can be refrigerated until you’re ready to make soup.
- Melt butter, add olive oil.
- Heat and add onions to caramelize over med-high heat for up to half an hour.
- Add the garlic, turn down heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
- Join salt, pepper, sugar.
- Now, use the red wine and reduce it to a jam-like consistency.
- Add flour, stir well and complete with broth, a cup at a time.
- Simmer for 30 minutes, add cream and heat to almost boiling.
(Barbecue Secrets by Ron Shewchuck.)