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Hi. I have a friend that's looking for advice on something. She's pondering putting hot dogs in a crockpot for an upcoming potluck that we're having next week. Something similar to a hot dog cart. Has anybody tried this method?


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Jun. 21st, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
I have not tried it, but it sounds pretty easy.


Looks like you just dump 'em in the pot, no water needed, and let 'em go on low for 3 hours. . .

I also found this:

Crock Pot Slow Cooker

Using a crock-pot slow cooker is a great way to cook and hold hot dogs for serving at a later time. No water is required, the hot dogs cook in their own juices. When cooked in the slow cooker, the hot dogs have a crispy skin but stay moist and juicy. The size of the crock-pot and the number of hot dogs in the crock-pot effect the cooking time required to bring the hot dogs up to the proper temperature.

To cook 8 to 16 hot dogs in a crock-pot:

* Place the hot dogs into a slow cooker and arrange the hot dogs so that there is space between the hot dogs. Where the hot dogs make contact with the crock-pot surface the hot dogs will be brown and crispy.
* Cover and cook the hot dogs on the crock-pots HIGH setting. Do not take off crock-pot lid during cooking, heat will escape and will increase time necessary to cook the hot dogs.
* Cook hot dogs for about 1 to 2 hours or until hot & slightly browned.
* When hot dogs are done cooking, reduce the cooking temperature to LOW or the HOLD setting for holding till it is time to serve the hot dogs.
* A few minutes before serving place hot dog buns in crock-pot with the hot dogs to warm up and soften the buns.
* Remove hot dogs with a pair of food tongs, place hot dogs into buns, add desired condiments and eat.
Jun. 21st, 2010 07:17 pm (UTC)
Personally, that sounds absolutely disgusting. BUT, I don't like dogs that aren't grilled.
Jun. 21st, 2010 07:56 pm (UTC)
I've never had any luck with the non-water method. They just got really dry and shriveled up when I tried it.
Jun. 21st, 2010 08:06 pm (UTC)
I'd say heat the dogs on low and then switch to warm, or you really risk drying them out. Start with hot dogs that are already cooked and there's very little food safety concern.

You could also include some liquid, but then you're putting dripping-wet hot dogs on rolls, and that's just mean. (Many street vendors take a dog out of a cooking bath and pop it on a grill for a moment to crisp it.)
Jun. 21st, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC)
Mmmmmm....dirty water dogs...

Jun. 21st, 2010 09:15 pm (UTC)
*nod* It's not until mid September or so, when the dogs have been brining since early April, that a ballpark hot dog tastes right. ;-)
Jun. 21st, 2010 09:29 pm (UTC)
Heh. There really is nothing quite like a dirty water dog. NYC is chock full of the carts and you can smell 'em from a few blocks away :-D Good stuff!

Jun. 22nd, 2010 12:38 am (UTC)
Hotdogs aren't raw when you buy them.
Jun. 21st, 2010 10:17 pm (UTC)
We do this at my office every year for a July 4th office party and it works just fine. We cover them in water and give it plenty of time to get them all hot.
Jun. 21st, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC)
i don't see why it wouldn't work.

when we were kids my mom used to boil water and put it in an insulated half gallon drink container, then add hot dogs. when we got to our picnic? VOILA! cooked dogs!
Jun. 23rd, 2010 01:09 pm (UTC)
We've always done this. We put sauerkraut in the crock too and the juices give them something to cook in.
Jun. 23rd, 2010 04:28 pm (UTC)
This sounds really good!
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