This recipe appears in the article "Sidekicks: Three Fun Barbecue Side Dishes from Mike
Stines" on the Burn! Blog. Read the story here.
This also works well as a topping for your favorite burgers.
2 large red onions
1 1/2 cups white vinegar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
3 cloves garlic, sliced
2 Bay leaves
2 tablespoons pickling spice
1 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
1 small chile (such a serrano), minced
Peel the onions, cut them in half lengthwise and finely slice. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the vinegar, sugar, garlic, bay leaves, pickling spice and pepper. Stir this until the sugar dissolves. Add the onions and blanch for one minute. Drain the onions, reserving the liquid. When the liquid is cool, pour it over the onions and add the chile. Refrigerate the onions at least four hours to allow the flavors to combine.