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Hot Dog Burnt Ends

Today we’re going to learn how to make Hot Dog Burnt Ends, a creative take on traditional BBQ burnt ends. Using hot dogs, BBQ sauce, and your favorite rub, this dish is straightforward to prepare and requires minimal prep or fuss. It serves as an excellent snack for game days, casual gatherings, or when you’re looking for a quick and delicious dish to satisfy your cravings. Follow simple steps to achieve a smoky, flavorful result that pairs well with various sides. Don’t miss out on this unique way to enjoy hot dogs and Little Smokies!

Hot Dog Burnt Ends

Hot Dog Burnt Ends

This recipe guide shows you how to make Hot Dog Burnt Ends using Little Smokies. A twist on the classic BBQ burnt ends, this dish is easy to prepare, and it’s perfect for those who want a quick yet delicious snack.

Why make Hot Dog Burnt Ends? They’re an ideal choice for whatever party or holiday that’s coming up. Whether it’s a game day, a casual get-together, a holiday, or a spontaneous craving, these burnt ends have you covered. It’s a fun way to enjoy Little Smokies and appeals to both kids and adults.

No need for lengthy preparations or special cooking skills when it comes to Hot Dog Burnt Ends. The cooking time is almost all hands-off, and the end result is so worth it!

In addition to their simplicity, Hot Dog Burnt Ends deliver big time in the flavor department. The combination of rubbed, smoked mini sausages and tangy BBQ sauce creates a unique taste. Pair them with coleslaw, baked beans, or potato salad, and you have a complete, satisfying meal.

Why you’ll love this dish…

  • SO MUCH more flavor than regular BBQ Smokies!
  • Customizable! Use your favorite BBQ sauce or make your own! Same with the rub!
  • Simple to prepare. Comes together in a couple hours of mostly hands-off work.

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Hot Dog Burnt Ends

Traeger Hot Dog Burnt Ends shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Little Smokies
  • Yellow mustard
  • Honey Hog BBQ Rub
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Dark brown sugar
  • Salted butter

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Hot Dog Burnt Ends

How to make Smoked Hot Dog Burnt Ends

This is just the overview so you can see what you’re actually getting into here. When you are cooking, you’ll want to use the full recipe at the bottom of the page.



Get the smoker preheated to 200°F.



Toss the Little Smokies in mustard and then coat with the BBQ rub.



Place the prepped Smokies on parchment paper on the grill. Smoke them for an hour.



Take the smoked sausages off the grill and place into a grill-safe container. Sprinkle with brown sugar, pour over the BBQ sauce, and top with pats of butter.



Put the pan into the grill and turn the grill up to 350°F. Let the hot dogs simmer in the sauce for about 30-45 minutes, or until the sauce has reduced slightly and tightened up. Give the pan a good shake every 10 minutes or so.



Let cool for 10 minutes and then serve hot! Perfect appetizers for a holiday or party!

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Hot Dog Burnt Ends

Hot Dog Burnt Ends FAQ

Can this dish be prepared in advance?

Yes! This is a great dish to make ahead of time and reheat right before serving. It is perfect to bring to a party or potluck, and a total crowd-pleaser. Just toss in a slow cooker to reheat or you can even toss it in the microwave.

Are there any suggested additions or substitutions?

Sure! Want to spice it up? Slice in some jalapenos and put them in with the BBQ sauce during the final cook. Like it less sweet? Use a keto-friendly BBQ sauce and skip the brown sugar coating. Or use a brown sugar substitute like Splenda. You can really make this recipe your own!

What’s the best way to store and reheat leftovers?

These keep really well in the fridge. If you have hungry teenagers around, they can grab some out and pop them in the microwave for a quick protein-heavy bite after school or before sports. They can also be reheated back on the stovetop or in a slow cooker as well.

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Hot Dog Burnt Ends
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Hot Dog Burnt Ends
Yield: 10 servings

Hot Dog Burnt Ends

Hot Dog Burnt Ends

Forget your typical holiday BBQ Little Smokies, you'll never make them the old way again after you try whipping them into Hot Dog Burnt Ends!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes


  • 28 ounce package Little Smokies
  • 3 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup Honey Hog BBQ Rub
  • 2 cups BBQ Sauce
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup salted butter


  1. Preheat your smoker to 200°F.
  2. Drain the Little Smokies and pat dry.
  3. Toss with mustard to coat all of the hot dogs and then sprinkle with the BBQ Rub.
  4. Lay out some parchment paper on the grill grates, and then lay the Smokies in a single layer onto the parchment paper.
  5. Let smoke for 1 hour.
  6. After an hour, remove from the smoker carefully and place into a grill-safe dish. Sprinkle with brown sugar, pour the BBQ sauce over the top, and then put pats of butter all over the top of the whole pile.
  7. Turn the grill up to 350°F. Place the pan inside the grill and let cook for around 30 minutes, or until everything is melty and the sauce has reduced a bit. Every 10 minutes or so, give the pan a shake. Remove from the grill, let cool for 10 minutes or so, and then enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 482Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 1424mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 1gSugar: 30gProtein: 11g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate.

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Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.


Monday 6th of November 2023

Dear lord, stop it with calling everything "burnt ends".

Nicole Johnson

Monday 6th of November 2023

No. ;)


Monday 6th of November 2023

I don't have a smoker but I do like the ideas you have with flavors. However unless I didn't look in the right place I don't see the oven method? Temp and assuming and hr? Thanks

Nicole Johnson

Monday 6th of November 2023

Hey Jess! Just use the same times and temps as you would in the smoker, but in the oven. It should work just as well. The pellet grill is basically just a big outdoor wood-fired oven. ;)

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