Hot Dog Burnt Ends
Surprisingly delicious Hot Dog Burnt Ends are sweet, smoky and full of flavor! If you are on a budget and entertaining these are the perfect appetizer recipe. They will be loved by young and old alike.
If you’ve never tried burnt ends, you are missing out! These hot dog burnt ends are far different than classic burnt ends made from brisket, or these pork butt burnt ends, but my goodness they’re tasty. Hot dogs are way more affordable too, so you can make a huge load of burnt ends all at once for a really great price.
Smoked hot dog burnt ends would be a great addition to any summer cookout. Try them out for a game day appetizer, Easter brunch, Mother’s Day lunch, or your first pool party of the summer. They’ll be a crowd hit and everyone will be raving about them!
Why You’ll Love Hot Dog Burnt Ends
- This recipe is an affordable way to make tasty burnt ends! Classic burnt ends are made with more expensive cuts of meat, but these are just as tasty.
- It only takes 10 minutes to prep this recipe! Then throw ’em in the smoker and let it do the work for you.
- You only need 6 ingredients to make these smokey and delicious burnt ends.
Ingredients for Hot Dog Burnt Ends
- All-beef hot dogs – We recommend getting the ball park style franks that are a little more thin and long. But most importantly, make sure that they are 100% beef hot dogs.
- Sweet and smoky rub – Our sweet and smoky rub is perfect for these burnt end hot dogs. But you could use a sweet and smoky rub in your spice cabinet! You can also make your own sweet and smoky rub.
- BBQ sauce – Use your favorite BBQ sauce for these burnt ends! We recommend something with a little sweetness, smoky flavor, and a bit of kick.
- Yellow mustard – This may sound strange, but the tart flavor of mustard really melds well with all of the other flavors in this recipe.
- Brown sugar – Brown sugar essentially caramelized on these burnt ends and gives them a deliciously sweet coating.
- Butter – You can use salted or unsalted butter, either will work.
How to Make Burnt End Hot Dogs
Preheat your smoker 250 degrees Fahrenheit and then prepare the hot dogs.
Cover each hot dog in yellow mustard and then sprinkle them with sweet and smokey spice rub.
Place each hot dog directly onto the smoker and close the lid. Smoked them for an hour.
Remove the hot dogs and slice them into 1 ½ inch pieces. Place the hot dogs into a disposable aluminum pan and top them with butter, brown sugar, and BBQ sauce.
Then, put the pan back into the smoker and increase it to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook for 30 more minutes, stirring regularly, until the sugar has started to caramelize.
Once the burnt ends are complete, serve them immediately!
How to Serve Hot Dog Burnt Ends
Serve burnt ends while they’re still hot! You can also put a little cup of toothpicks or small skewers next to the pan of burnt ends for people to eat the little slices of hot dogs with. Any way you serve ’em up will be great!
These would be a great appetizer for a meal of pineapple pork chops, grilled corn salad, and grilled peaches. Oh, and don’t forget that tasty whiskey lemonade either. That’s the perfect summer menu right there!
How to Store Leftover Burnt End Hot Dogs
I don’t recommend freezing any leftovers, but you can store them in the refrigerator! Store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
To reheat, pop them in the oven or air fryer until they’re heated all the way through.
Why are they called burnt ends?
Traditionally, burnt ends are made with brisket. When brisket is cooked, the ends tend to quick way more quickly than the middle because they’re thinner. So the ends would end up burnt, but packed full of flavor.
So, people took this and created a technique to take small chunks of meat and make them mimic the flavor and crispiness that burnt ends have! There are now tons of recipes for burnt ends like these smoked hot dog burnt ends and poor man’s burnt ends.
Pro Tips for the Best Hot Dog Burnt Ends
- This recipe is already delicious, but pack in some more flavor by pouring a little bourbon over the hot dogs when you add the BBQ sauce, brown sugar, and butter.
- Feel free to change things up a bit and use different flavors of BBQ sauce on your burnt ends.
- Make sure you let the brown sugar cook long enough on the hot dogs so that it caramelizes and makes a sticky sauce.
This twist on burnt ends is so easy and so tasty! Can’t wait for you to try them out.
More Recipes For the Smoker
- Smoked Pork Butt is absolutely delicious and really easy to make.
- If you need a tasty dessert, then check out these Smoked Apples.
- Smoked Steak Kabobs are perfect for an easy weeknight meal or whenever you’re hosting a party.
- Want a yummy snack to munch on? This Smoked Snack Mix is amazing!
Did you make this? If you snap a photo, please be sure tag me on Instagram at @gimmesomegrilling or #gimmesomegrilling so I can see your grilling masterpieces!
Hot Dog Burnt Ends
- 16 all-beef hot dogs
- 2 Tablespoons yellow mustard
- 2 Tablespoons Sweet & Smoky Rub
- 4 Tablespoons butter
- ¼ cup brown sugar packed
- ½ cup BBQ sauce
- Preheat the smoker to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Cover the hot dogs in the yellow mustard and then sprinkle them with Sweet & Smoky Rub making sure to evenly distribute.
- Place the hot dogs directly onto the smoker grates of the preheated smoker, close the lid and smoke for 1 hour.
- Remove the hot dogs from the smoker and slice them into 1 ½ inch pieces. Place the sliced hot dogs into a disposable pan. Then top them with butter, brown sugar and BBQ sauce.
- Increase the heat on your smoker to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the pan of hot dogs on the grill and cook for an additional 30 minutes, stirring regularly, until the butter is melted and sugars have started to caramelize on the hot dogs.
- Serve immediately.
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