Seriously Good Smoked Hot Dogs

best smoked hot dogs recipe

Hot dogs are an American staple at any BBQ or Summer gathering and you’re missing out if you’re not preparing them in your smoker. This smoked hot dog recipe will have your guests begging for seconds before they’ve even finished their first bite.

Smoked Hot Dogs Recipe

Everybody loves hot dogs. Whether it’s the main part of an alfresco meal or a snack to keep everyone happy whilst you prepare the main course, this recipe will be a sure hit. Although smoked hot dogs can take slightly longer than other cooking methods, the incredible flavor is definitely worth the time spent.

For a smoked hot dog recipe you’ll be dying to try, read on:

  1. Preheat your smoker at 225ºF/107ºC.
  2. Place hot dogs on the smoker for approx. 1 hour.
  3. Whilst hot dogs are cooking, prepare sauce & toppings.
  4. Remove hot dogs from heat & serve!

How To Make Smoked Hot Dogs

Smoked hot dogs are delicious and can be dressed up as simply or as fancy as you’d like. Whether it’s a backyard BBQ with friends or a Summer afternoon snack for the kids, there are endless options for serving smoked hot dogs. We recommend pairing with homemade french fries, Smoked Mac and Cheese and a slice of Smoked Gouda for a delicious and filling meal.

Recipe Overview

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Wood Flavour: Apple Wood or Hickory
  • Cooking Temperature: 225ºF/107ºC
  • Servings: 6 people

Required Tools

  • Smoker
  • BBQ tongs
  • Meat thermometer
  • Sheet pan
  • Mixing bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 packet of hot dogs
  • Hot dog bread buns
  • 1/2 cup apricot jam
  • 1/4 cup sweet chili sauce
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • Other toppings optional

Making Smoked Hot Dogs

  1. Preheat your smoker at 225ºF/107ºC and select your wood chips.
  2. Place hot dogs on the smoker for approx. 1 hour, evenly spaced apart.
  3. Whilst hot dogs are cooking, prepare apricot sauce & toppings of your choice.
  4. Remove hot dogs from heat & serve alongside your favorite sides.
Smoked Hot Dogs
Smoked Hot Dogs

Making Smoked Hot Dogs

1 – Preheat Smoker

Preheat your smoker at 225ºF/107ºC and select your chosen wood chips. We recommend Apple Wood or Hickory as these options add a great smokey flavor to your sausage without being overpowering.


2 – Smoke Hot Dogs

Place your hot dogs on the smoker, evenly spaced apart. This ensures all sides of the hot dogs are cooked evenly and that the smokey flavor is distributed throughout the sausage. Leave the hot dogs on the smoker to cook for approximately 1 hour, checking regularly as you approach the 45-minute mark.


3 – Prepare Sauce & Toppings

Whilst your hot dogs are cooking, you can take this time to prepare your apricot sauce & favorite toppings. Classic hot dog toppings are ketchup, relish, mustard, and caramelized onions. However, we prefer to elevate our smoked hot dogs by adding a sweet but spicy apricot sauce on top.

In a mixing bowl, combine apricot jam, sweet chili sauce, and lemon juice and mix thoroughly. The sauce should be thick enough that it can be spooned onto the top of your hot dogs for a burst of sweet, spicy flavor.

If you’re choosing to add any other condiments or toppings instead, prepare those now and set them aside with sliced hot dog buns.


4 – Serve!

When your hot dogs have reached an internal temperature of 140°F/60°C, they’re ready to be taken out of the smoker. Place each hot dog in a bun and add your sauces and toppings as desired.

Smoked Hot Dog FAQs

How Long Does It Take To Make Smoked Hot Dogs?

If your smoker temperature is at 225ºF, it will take about an hour to smoke the hot dogs perfectly. Preparing your toppings and sauces won’t take longer than 10 minutes so you can have your hot dogs ready to go in under 1 hour 15 minutes.


Is Smoked Sausage The Same As a Smoked Hot Dog?

Smoked hot dogs and smoked sausages are very similar, though typically hot dogs are prepared with fewer spices, and are more compact and smaller in size. The term sausage is a general term for tubular meat wrapped in a form of casing.


Is It Better To Boil Or Smoke Hot Dogs?

Whilst it’s definitely possible and safe to boil hot dogs if you’re in a time crunch, the result may be flavorless and the texture soggy. Choosing to take the extra time to smoke your hot dogs will make a world of difference to the flavor and texture of the meat.


How Long Are Smoked Hot Dogs Good For In The Fridge?

Smoked hot dogs usually last between 3 and 4 days if covered well and refrigerated after cooking, or 4 months if wrapped thoroughly and frozen.

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