Saucy BBQ Hot Dogs

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These Saucy BBQ Hot Dogs are simmered in BBQ sauce before they are grilled. It gives the hot dogs an incredible sweet and savory flavor.

Saucy BBQ Hot Dogs

The other day a thought came to me — we should simmer hot dogs in BBQ sauce BEFORE grilling them rather than putting BBQ sauce on afterwards. We simmer lil’ smokies in BBQ sauce and they are pretty much just little hot dogs, so why not?! We thought we would give it a try to see how they would turn out… the verdict… DELICIOUS! Why didn’t I think of this before?

Start with the Best Dogs

There are a lot of opinions out there when it comes to which hot dogs to try. In some circles, hot dogs get a bad rap. But if you buy high quality hot dogs, and stick with the kinds of meat you really like, you’ll be happy with the outcome.

For anyone feeling nervous about the contents of their hot dog, stick with brands that tout “All Beef”. We like Nathan’s or Hebrew National. What kinds have worked best for you?

Round Out Your BBQ Meal

Want to round out the meal that puts these BBQ Hot Dogs on center stage? Try some of these great sides.

How To Make Saucy BBQ Hot Dogs

Saucy BBQ Hot Dogs

5 from 3 votes
These Saucy BBQ Hot Dogs are simmered in BBQ sauce before they are grilled. It gives the hot dogs an incredible sweet and savory flavor.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs 10 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 20 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • Crock Pot Slow Cooker


  • 8 beef hot dogs we like Nathan’s or Hebrew National
  • 8 hot dog buns
  • your favorite hot dog toppings

For the sauce:


  • Combine sauce ingredients in a medium-sized sauce pot. When sauce is combined and sugar is dissolved (don’t quite bring to a boil) remove from heat and set aside.
  • Add hot dogs to slow cooker and pour sauce over. Stir to evenly distribute the sauce. Cook on high heat for about 2 hours (don’t discard the sauce– you may want to pour extra over your hot dogs before eating).
  • Remove hot dogs from slow cooker and grill on medium-high heat for about 2 minutes or so on each side or until desired doneness (I like mine just to have light grill marks).
  • Add hot dogs to hot dog buns and top with desired toppings and extra sauce.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 356kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 10gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 1102mgPotassium: 230mgFiber: 1gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 147IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 95mgIron: 2mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. 5 stars
    Such a hearty snack! We haven’t made hot dogs for ages, need to try out your recipe this week!

  2. 5 stars
    Cooking these hot dogs in the sauce first gave them such an amazing flavor!! This would be the perfect recipe for a summertime picnic!

  3. Hot dogs are nearly as receptive to sauces and recipes as chicken wings, most any sauce tastes fine on hot dog, and they’re an immense vessel for condiments like ketchup and enjoy.