Smoked Hot Dogs Recipe on the Pellet Grills (Pit Boss, Traeger, Z Grills etc)

This smoked hot dogs recipe is easy and quick, but undeniably delicious.

Cutting into the sausages with a criss-cross pattern helps to get extra smoke flavour into them. Steve Raichlen from the Barbecue Bible calls them ‘Hedgehog Hot Dogs.’

Whatever you call them, these smoked hot dogs could become a new favourite in your household.

Smoked Hot Dogs
Smoked Hot Dogs Pellet Grill Recipe

Smoked Hot Dogs

Why Smoke Hot Dogs?

  1. Improvement in Flavour: Smoking hot dogs imparts delicious smoky overtones which accentuate the taste of already tasty sausages
  2. Juiciness: The slow smoking process helps to seal moisture into the hot dogs, making the meat more tender and moist
  3. Smoking the dogs helps you get a great snap in your sausage from the skin crisping up
  4. Smoking sausages gives you a better final texture than grilling them


Serves 4

  • 4 Good Quality Sausages (Pork or Beef or a Mixture of Both)
  • Your Favourite BBQ Rub (We Like Meat Church All Purpose BBQ Rub) – if you want to make your own see recipe below
  • 4 Brioche Hot Dog Buns
  • 1 Finely Diced White Onion
  • Ketchup, Mayo & Mustard to Taste
  • Optional – Hot Sauce or chopped jalapenos to serve

Smoked Hot Dogs Homemade Rub

  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic (not the same as garlic powder)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder (more if you like heat)
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

Simple combine the ingredients in a bowl and whisk until combined.

You can keep this rub in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Smoked Hot Dogs Method

  • Add your wood of choice to the hopper of your pellet grills (we like hickory or oak but go with apple or cherry if you want a milder smoke taste)
  • Preheat your pellet grills to 225F (107C) with the lid open to burn off unwanted chemicals for 10-15 minutes or so
  • Cut into the 4 sausages in a criss-cross pattern – see the video to help
  • Smoke the sausages with the lid down for up to 1 hour at 225F (107C) until the internal temperature reads 160F (71C)
  • Rest the sausages for a few minutes while you prepare your rolls
  • Butter and light toast your hot dog rolls
  • Serve with chopped onion, chopped jalapenos (if using) ketchup, mustard, mayo or hot sauce if you like

Watch the video for smoked hot dogs process on our Instagram video below.

What to Serve With Smoker Hot Dogs

Hot Dogs can be paired with lots of great sides, or adapted to suit other meals.

  • Fries
  • Onion Rings
  • Sauerkraut
  • Hot Dog Burnt Ends
  • Cut up and added to Mac and Cheese
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet Potatoes

FAQ’s About Smoked Hot Dogs

How Long Does it Take to Smoke Hot Dogs At 225?

At 225F (107C) it will take around 45-60 minutes to smoke hot dogs, turning them over halfway through. Your target internal temperature is 160F or 71C.

Can You Smoke Hot Dogs?

You certainly can! Smoke them for 45-60 minutes at 225F (107C) until they reach an internal temperature of 160F or 71C.

Traeger Smoked Hot Dogs

Traeger have a great article on hot dogs done a few different ways, including Chicago and Seattle style. It’s well worth a look.

Pit Boss Smoked Hot Dogs

For a great Pit Boss recipe for bacon-wrapped hot dogs

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