How To Cook Hot Dogs in the Crockpot
Did you know that you can cook hot dogs in the crockpot? It is the best way to prepare hot dogs for a large crowd! If you are prepping hot dogs for a party or large crowd simply place the hot dogs into the slow cooker. Do not add any water. They will release moisture as they cook. You can either cook them on low for 4 hours or on high for 2 hours. I actually left mine on high for 3 hours and they were perfect! This method actually steams the hot dogs and keeps them warm during the party too!
I used a 4 quart crockpot and it held 48 hot dogs. Do not use bun length hot dogs as they will be too tall for the slow cooker. If you use a 6 quart crockpot you can easily use 64 hot dogs. I found that standing them up straight worked perfectly. It was also great for serving too!
This year for my sons last day of school party they asked for a volunteer to bring in pre-cooked hot dogs. Since we didn’t have a grill handy at school I thought why not try cooking the hot dogs in the crockpot. It turned out perfect! In fact the kids and adults loved them and I got tons of compliments on how good they were. Many kids don’t like hot dogs cooked on the grill so this is the perfect solution! If you are hosting a birthday party or a family reunion this would be a great solution to grilling hot dogs.
This method of cooking hot dogs in the slow cooker is also perfect if you are tailgating or hosting a game day party! Trust me once you give this method a try you will NEVER boil a hot dog again. I am going to give this a try for my sons birthday party. It would also work nicely if you are on vacation! All you need are your buns and condiments and you are ready for serving a crowd. This method was great because it was self serve and the kids could help themselves. All you need are a pair of tongs for serving.
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Melissa is a football and soccer mom who has been married to her best friend for 24 years. She loves sharing recipes, travel reviews and tips that focus on helping busy families make memories.
I was so excited to find out you could cook hotdogs in a crock pot,need to have 12,the weather was terrible for cooking on a grill,so i put 12 in my cockpot and put it high for 2 hrs,the hotdogs on the bottom was burnt and they all split,was a mess,What did i do wrong?
What size crockpot did you use for only 12 hot dogs?
How many hot dogs will fit in a large crock pot
I used a 4 quart crockpot and it held 48 hot dogs. Do not use bun length hot dogs as they will be too tall for the slow cooker. If you use a 6 quart crockpot you can easily use 64 hot dogs.
I am going to do 50. How long on high? I have a large pot.
I have a 6qt and have cooked 90.
Did you rotate them halfway thru? It helps them cook more evenly. 🙂
No, I didn’t
Does the brand of hotdogs matter. Is National Hebrew ok?
Oh yes! Any brand!
Not any brand… there’s a lot of awful hotdogs out there. Costco dogs are the only way to go!
What a great successful dinner party!
If you unplug the crockpot will it keep the hotdogs warm
For a little while but not for a long time. You can leave on warm though.
We are need 100 hotdogs cooked/ left warm for an 3hr event, will my hotdogs dry out or split?
I had them for 2+ hours and didn’t have them dry out or split.
Can you add water to the crock pot?
You can but there is no need to do so 🙂
Maybe a silly question but what do i do with my buns if i want them soft like at a chip stand ?
Microwave them just a bit OR if I am outdoors I keep them in the bag (tied up) and the heat from outside gives them a nice soft texture.
Can the Hotdogs be frozen or do they need to be thawed out before putting them in
I think they could totally be frozen!
How long for a 24 count of hot dog having a work part and though that would be cool to do
I used bun length.