How to Make Smoked Hot Dogs

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Making smoked hot dogs at home is not only a fun and delicious way to cook this iconic food but also an opportunity to impress your guests with an easy yet delicious recipe.

If you are new to smoking food, then don't worry. I have been smoking meat for several years now and I'm here to guide you through each step from preparing the ingredients to creating the perfect smoky flavor everyone will love. With a little patience and practice, you'll be a hot dog-smoking expert in no time.

Things to Have in Mind

Before we dive into the process, it's important to note that a good recipe always starts with a good-quality hot dog.

It's worth browsing your local grocery store or butcher shop to find high-quality, juicy hot dogs that will hold up well during the smoking process.

As you'll see in the following paragraphs, the preparation and smoking steps may vary depending on the type of hot dog you choose, but rest assured that the end result will be an undeniably scrumptious treat that will have everyone begging for more.

Key Takeaways

  • Always select high-quality hot dogs for the best results
  • Follow the step-by-step guide, from marinating to cooking process to smoke your hot dogs to perfection
  • Read more on common mistakes to avoid them for a delectable smoky flavor

Preparation Process

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Making a Flavorful Marinade

Marinating Hot Dogs

I found that creating a flavorful marinade is key when making smoked hot dogs, as it can greatly enhance their taste.

To do this, I start by combining some essential ingredients like olive oil, apple cider vinegar, mustard, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce in a mixing bowl. I also add some smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper to give it a smoky and savory touch. Next, I whisk the ingredients together until they are well-blended.

Feel free to experiment with different herbs and spices, as they can bring unique flavors to your smoked hot dogs. A good marinade recipe I found includes using your favorite BBQ sauce to maintain simplicity while achieving delicious results.

Marinating the Hot Dogs

Now that the mixture is ready, it's time to marinate the hot dogs.

I first place the hot dogs in a large, resealable plastic bag or a shallow dish. Then, I pour the marinade over the hot dogs, ensuring that they are nicely coated. After sealing the bag or covering the dish, I place it in the refrigerator, and let the hot dogs marinate for at least 2 hours or even overnight. This allows the flavors from the marinade to penetrate and tenderize the hot dogs, creating a more satisfying smoky experience.

Remember to gently mix the hot dogs in the marinade from time to time to ensure that they are evenly coated.

Also, when it's time to smoke the hot dogs, make sure to remove them from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before cooking to allow them to come to room temperature. This helps in achieving even cooking and better smoke absorption.

Smoking Process

Setting Up the Smoker

First, I make sure to preheat my smoker to 225°F. This temperature is crucial for smoking the hot dogs evenly. In the meantime, I get my hot dogs ready by placing them in a sheet pan or bowl for easy transportation to the smoker. I also like to add sliced onions or cloves of garlic for a boost of aroma during the smoking process, but this is optional.

Smoking the Hot Dogs

Smoking Hot Dogs

Once my smoker has reached 225°F and is ready, I place the hot dogs evenly on the grill grate, with at least one inch of space between them to ensure even smoking. I use a combination of hardwoods for added flavor, such as hickory and apple chunks.

I smoke the hot dogs at 225°F for one hour, making sure to add more wood when necessary to maintain the right temperature and smoke levels throughout the process.

Checking for Doneness

To ensure that my hot dogs are cooked thoroughly, I use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature. The ideal temperature internal temperature for smoked hot dogs is 160°F. For larger franks, I may need to increase the smoking time to up to two hours.

Resting and Serving


After reaching the desired internal temperature, I remove the hot dogs from the smoker and let them rest for a few minutes to allow the juices to redistribute. This ensures a juicy and flavorful hot dog.

I prefer to serve my smoked hot dogs with a variety of toppings, like mustard, ketchup, onions, and relish for a delicious and satisfying meal.

About Kendrick

Kendrick is an outdoor cooking enthusiast, living in Kansas. He loves to share his passion about outdoor cooking with everyone on various Social Media platforms (Read More)

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