These Hot Dog Burnt Ends exist because sometimes you wanna BBQ, but you still need to watch your budget. Sweet, smoky, and full of flavor, these morsels will be a huge hit at your next party!
What are Hot Dog Burnt Ends?
Here’s the deal. I am VERY aware that burnt ends are made from the point end of a slow smoked brisket. I have a full recipe and video tutorial showing you exactly how I make classic Kansas City Style Burnt Ends. They are these little morsels of smoky, saucy meat candy that just melt in your mouth. I also have a recipe for Poor Man’s Burnt Ends using a smoked chuck roast. I really really love burnt ends and mean no disrespect to the original.
My Hot Dog Burnt Ends are intended to be playful and fun. A low budget way to have a good time with your smoker and make some pretty dang tasty hot dogs. These blow cocktail weenies out of the water! I think they are fantastic for a party, served with toothpicks as an appetizer or piled on a potato roll with a pickle and some onions for a tasty little slider.
Slathered in mustard and seasoned with my homemade Sweet Rub before being slow smoked, hot dog burnt ends give you all those flavors of classic BBQ. The hot dogs really do take on quite a bit of smoke flavor, I used a blend of cherry and oak wood to get a good balance of color and smokiness. The secret is that last step of higher heat grilling with butter, brown sugar, and BBQ sauce (I used my homemade Kansas City style sauce). The edges of the hot dog burnt ends get nice and caramelized and crispy. You’re gonna love these!
Hot Dog Burnt Ends Recipe
- 2 8-count packages hot dogs
- 2 Tablespoons yellow mustard
- 2 Tablespoons Homemade Sweet Rub or your favorite BBQ rub
- 4 Tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup BBQ Sauce
Prepare your smoker for indirect cooking at 225 degrees F.
Slather the hot dogs with the yellow mustard and season all over with the Sweet Rub.
Place the hot dogs directly on the grill grates, close the lid, and smoke for 1 hour.
Remove the hot dogs and slice into 1.5 inch pieces. Place the hot dog pieces into a disposable baking pan. Top with the butter, brown sugar, and BBQ sauce.
Increase the heat on your grill to 375-400 degrees F. Place the pan of hot dog burnt ends on the grill and cook for an additional 15-30 minutes, stirring regularly, until the butter is melted and the sugars have started to caramelize on the hot dogs.
Serve and enjoy!