Braised Onions

Braised Onions

It’s easy to braise onions on a pellet grill. The process starts by caramelizing them in a cast iron skillet to develop their rich, sweet flavor. Once the onions are browned, the cooking liquid goes in, and they’re smoke-braised. The result is soft, flavorful onions that can be served as a side dish or used as a base for other recipes.
Servings 8
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • Z Grills 1000D3E Wood Pellet Grill
  • Z Grills Apple Wood Pellets
  • Cast Iron Skillet (with high sides)
  • Metal tongs


  • 8 small onions, peeled and halved
  • 3 tablespoons bacon drippings or unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1-2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • ½ cup vegetable broth, low-sodium


  • Preheat your Z-Grills (preferably with branded apple wood pellets) or other wood pellet grill to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Transfer the skillet to the pellet grill, close the lid, and heat for 7-8 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, brush the onion halves with the melted bacon fat or butter, then sprinkle the cut sides with salt and black pepper.
  • Transfer the onion halves to the hot cast iron cut-side down, close the grill lid, and smoke for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the skillet from the grates and reduce the grill temperature to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. In the meantime, add the garlic and thyme to the skillet, along with the broth.
  • Return the skillet to the grill grates, close the lid, and braise for 40 minutes.
  • Remove from the grill, plate, and serve.


Change up the flavor of this recipe by swapping vegetable broth for another broth/stock of choice. Chicken and beef work well.
Calories: 70kcal
Cost: 10
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Vegetable

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