Level up your classic grilled hot dog with these delicious Smoked Hot Dogs! Slowly cooked over smoke and rubbed with our favorite Sweet and Smoky Rub. So much flavor you won’t even need condiments. Make these for your next backyard party.
After we discovered the delicious creation that is hot dog burnt ends, we knew we needed to learn how to smoke hot dogs. Once we mastered this creation, there was no going back to a regular ol’ boiled hot dog. This super easy recipe makes the most flavorful, smoky, and juicy beef hot dogs you’ll ever taste!
Smoking hot dogs is not just something reserved for parties and cookouts. No, this recipe is so simple that you can even just make it for dinner one evening. Keep the kitchen clean and make a meal that is absolutely full of flavor. That’s a win in our book!
Smoke some potato skins while you’re at it, and you’ve got the perfect complete meal. Even if you’re a beginner with the smoker, you can make this super simple recipe. It’s easy to follow and turns out amazing every time!
Why You’ll Love Smoked Hot Dogs
- You can make the best hot dogs in under and hour. So great for a busy evening or an easy meal on the weekend.
- Smoking hot dogs is a great way to prepare food for a crowd. Make a ton of delicious dogs all at once!
- Smoked BBQ hot dogs are full of smoky flavor. If you’re tired of bland hot dogs, this is the recipe for you!
Ingredients for Smoked Hot Dogs
- All beef hot dogs – Grab your favorite all beef hot dogs to throw on the smoker. Trust us, all beef makes all the difference! Don’t skimp and make sure you grab some good hot dogs.
- Hot dog buns – The same idea applies here. Get some good hot dog buns and make sure they’re super fresh. You could even grill or toast the buns before serving for extra good flavor.
- Sweet and smoky rub – Adding seasoning to the hot dogs is a game changer. Our Gimme Some Grillin’ sweet and smoky rub is so delicious, but you can also make your own rub. If you don’t want either of these options, you can just use your favorite seasoning that is in your spice cabinet or grab one from the grocery store.
How to Smoke Hot Dogs
- Preheat the smoker to 225 degrees Fahrenheit and remove the hot dogs from their packaging.
- Using sharp knife, lightly slice the top of the hot dogs and create a crosshatch pattern in the skin.
- Then while the hot dogs are wet, sprinkle them with sweet and smoky rub. Make sure you completely cover all the sides of the hot dog!
- Place hot dogs into the preheated smoker and then let them smoke for about 45 minutes. Rotate the hot dogs at the 20 minute mark.
- Once the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit, they are ready to go!
- Remove the hot dogs from the smoker and serve immediately on a bun, with your favorite toppings!
What to Serve with Smoked Hot Dogs
Smoked baked beans are a great classic dish to serve with these tasty smoked dogs. If you want a side dish that is more of something to just munch on, make smoked salsa and serve with fresh tortilla chips.
Toppings for Hot Dogs
The best way to serve a hot dog is, of course, with all of your favorite toppings. There are so many to choose from, so how do you know what’s best? Here’s a list of all of our favorite toppings:
- Relish (sweet or dill!)
- BBQ sauce
- Cheese dip
- Shredded cheese
- Pepperoncini peppers
How to Store Leftover Smoked Hot Dogs
FRIDGE: Place leftovers into an airtight container or wrap tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
FREEZER: Store in an airtight container or freezer safe bag for up to 3 months.
How to Reheat Hot Dogs
To reheat, pop into the microwave, the oven, or even the air fryer and heat until warmed through.
- Keep the lid to the smoker closed, and only open it to rotate the hot dogs. This will keep the temperature higher and lock more flavor into each hot dog.
- Don’t skip scoring the top of the hot dog. It is essential to getting the smoky flavor into the meat of each hot dog.
- Make sure you only score the top skin of the hot dogs. If you’re having trouble with that, set two wooden spoons on the side of the dogs and use them as a guide of what depth to stop at.
Once you learn how to smoke hot dogs, you’ll make them like this all the time. They’re just packed full of so much flavor and too hard to resist!
More Smoked Recipes You’ll Love
- More of a bratwurst fan than hot dogs? Then try these Smoked Brats! The smoky flavor is just irresistible.
- Smoked Pork Butt is a great overnight recipe for the smoker. Make a batch of this smoked meat for any cook-out or gathering.
- Need a simple dessert recipe for the smoker? Smoked Apples are just delightful!
- Make the perfect steak with this Smoked Steak recipe Who needs the fancy steakhouse?
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- 12 all beef hot dogs
- 2 Tablespoons Sweet and Smoky Rub
- 12 hot dog buns
- Preheat the smoker to 225 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Remove the hot dogs from their packaging. Use a knife to lightly crosshatch the skin of the hot dogs.
- While they are still wet, sprinkle them with the Sweet and Smoky rub. Make sure to cover all sides.
- Put the hot dogs on the smoker and let them smoke for about 45 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Rotate them after 20 minutes.
- Remove and serve warm.