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How to Make Hot Dog Burnt Ends


You may think that burnt ends can only be made with brisket or pork belly.

These are both excellent choices and typically the options I prefer.

But if you’re looking for a quick snack to throw together for your neighborhood party and don’t want to spend a lot of money, look no further than Hot Dog Burnt Ends.

They’ll be done in 2.5 hours or less and be gone in far less than that.

Check it out!

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What are Hot Dog Burnt Ends? 

Hot dog burnt ends are essentially smoked hot dogs that have been slow cooked on a smoker and slathered in flavor! We used a combination of brown sugar, mustard, BBQ and a seasoning blend to add flavor.

Do you just use the end of a hot dog? 

Hot Dog burnt ends use the whole hot dog, cut up into smaller pieces. Traditional burnt ends are just the end parts of beef brisket or pork belly, but hot dogs are a bit different!

Do Burnt Hot Dog Ends taste burned? 

Despite the name, these hot dogs taste anything but burned! They have a fantastic smoky flavor that is completely irresistible.

Hot Dog Burnt End Ingredients 

Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe:
— your favorite hot dogs : We prefer Ball Park brand, but you’re welcome to use what you love or what you have on hand!
— seasoning blend: We used Traeger’s Pork and Poultry blend but you can also use 
— mustard
—brown sugar
—your favorite BBQ sauce

What type of wood chips do I use?

For these hot dogs, I recommend you use Cherry  or Pecan wood chips. You can find them at several places like ACE Hardware or Traegergrills.com 

How to make Hot Dog Burnt Ends 

Here’s how to make them:

Season the Hot Dogs 


First, preheat your smoker to 225 degrees F.

Combine the mustard and the poultry seasoning blend. Stir and set aside. I used Traeger’s Pork and Poultry seasoning for these.

Smoke Hot Dogs on Low Heat 

Cover Hot Dogs in mustard and Traeger pork and poultry seasoning  then place whole Hot Dogs on smoker and smoke for 1 hour to 90 minutes.

Increase Temp and Add Flavor 

Increase smoker temperature to 350 degrees F.

Remove hot dogs from smoker and cut into 1.5-2 inch lengths. (Don’t forget this step or you’ll have to cut them hot like I did.) Place in a 9×13 foil pan.

Stir together Brown Sugar, Butter and BBQ sauce. Pour on top of cut hot dogs and stir thoroughly. 

Final Smoke 

Place back in the smoker and cook for another 30-45 minutes stirring occasionally. You can cover with foil if you would like, but they don’t have to be.

Remove from smoker and place toothpicks in as many burnt ends as you can for easy dishing.


Burnt Ends cooked on a Traeger Grills Pro575 

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  1. 5 stars
    This guy knows what he’s talking about when he’s slow poke cooking. I’ve tried these burnt ends and they are to die for. I love them they’re very good!
    Good job slow poke cooking

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