Thursday, May 23, 2013

Baked Hot Dogs

     Forget the grill this weekend, for your Memorial Day cook out why not try these Baked Hot Dogs in your dutch oven?  I was so intrigued by this recipe when I saw it, one of my favorite ways to eat a hot dog is with a soft, steamed roll.  By baking the hot dogs with all the toppings together, everything is wonderfully heated through and piping hot at the same time.  I thought maybe the rolls would burn in spots but they were perfectly baked, warm inside and a little crispy on the outside.
      I just squeezed 7 hot dogs in my 12 inch oven, you'll need a larger dutch oven for the full recipe.  They baked with 12 coals in a ring around the bottom and 24 spaced evenly on the lid for exactly 40 minutes.  Be sure to spread the buns with a little mayo, it prevents the rolls from becoming soggy. 
     You can certainly make these with veggie dogs or even cut them in half and serve them as an appetizer.  Scale the recipe back for your 8 or 10 inch oven but whatever you do, pack the forks because these are a little too cheesy and good to eat with your fingers. 
     I hope you have a safe and enjoyable holiday and don't forget to take a moment to honor and remember our brave and dedicated veterans who have gone before us.

Baked Hot Dogs
8 hot dogs
8 hot dog buns
1 14 1/ oz can chili with beans
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1-2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
Sweet Relish

     Lightly oil or spray dutch oven.
     Spread the inside of each hot dog bun with mayonnaise, mustard and sweet relish.
     Fill with hot dogs and place side by side in prepared oven.
     Top each hot dog with chili, cheese and onion.
     Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until heated through.
     Remove carefully from oven with large spoon or spatula.

Place hot dogs side by side in well oiled dutch oven

Bake for 40-45 minutes at 350 degrees

Holy cow these are good



  1. Now that's a batch of goodness right there! Throw in some fries and a tall glass of pepto and you got some awesome campin grub. lol. Thanks Liddy.

  2. Thanks Scott, hope you and your family have a great weekend! Liddy

  3. Howdy Liddy, I tried this tonight. Jury is still out for me on this. They were delicious to eat, but I'm waiting to see how they settle. Don't have quite the cast-iron (pun intended) stomach I used to.

    Actually only made 5 dogs as there are only three of us tonight. I ate a dog and a half and was full. Used Hebrew National beef dogs. With 12 coals under and 24 on top, when I checked at the thirty-minute mark the chili was bubbling and the cheese was well melted so I called it done. (Probably could back off the number of coals by a couple and be just fine.) The buns were soft on the inside and a little crisp on the outside, but not burned. You're right about needing a fork to eat these.

    My one piece of advice to future cookers of these is line your ovens with foil or parchment! I did not and although I have pretty well seasoned ovens, I spent more than a few minutes scrubbing cheese and chili residue out of the bottom of my oven. A simple liner would have make the cleanup waaaaaay easier.

    Thanks for the thought to remember our service men and women.

    Keep 'em coming!---K.C.

    1. Thanks for your review K.C., hope you survived the chili dogs, I didn't have a problem with clean up because I sprayed my oven well before baking but I'm all for making life easier and lining with parchment is a good idea. Have a good holiday, Liddy

  4. Hi guys,

    Just found your website and this recipe looks amazing. I'll be cooking it for my son tomorrow on Memorial Day!



    1. Thanks for stopping by Gary, hope you and your son enjoy the recipe, Liddy

  5. Made these this afternoon and they were fantastic! I also sprayed the inside of my DO and didn't have any issues with sticking and I overloaded the dogs with chili and cheese. Thanks for posting.

  6. So glad you liked the recipe Staci, thanks for letting us know how it went, Liddy

  7. Every camping trip, our first nights dinner is Chili Dogs so when I saw this I knew we had to try it! They were great!! I will definitely try them again with more cheese and chili to help soften the bottom of the buns - or maybe no coals underneath. The buns had a great crisp on the bottom but it made them hard to cut on a paper plate!! Thank you for the great idea - makes cleanup so much easier when it's all in one pot!

  8. Thanks for your nice comments Cindy, so good to know you are enjoying the recipes, Liddy

  9. Made these bad boys for dinner, kids loved them and no left overs! No problems with sticking or burning. Thank you for all the great recipes!

    1. So glad you enjoyed the baked hot dogs, thanks so much for your feedback! Happy Cooking! Liddy

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