How To Cook Hot Dogs In Crock Pot – 2 Different Methods

Cooking hot dogs in a crockpot is a fuss-free and convenient method to prepare this classic American comfort food. The low-and-slow cooking process ensures that the hot dogs are evenly heated and retain their juicy flavor, making them perfectly plump and delectable. Whether you’re feeding a hungry crowd or simply craving a simple meal, cooking hot dogs in a crockpot is an excellent choice. Let’s explore two easy methods to master this culinary technique:

How Many Ways Can You Cook Hot Dogs In Crock Pot?

Cook Hot Dogs In Crock Pot

Cooking hot dogs for only a few guests or for a crowd, you can always use a crockpot. Using a crockpot might take a little extra time but it will completely make the job done.

Now there are mainly 2 ways of cooking hot dogs and 2 different settings.

  1. Cooking hot dogs in a crockpot without water on high
  2. Cooking hot dogs in a crockpot without water on Low
  3. Cooking hot dogs in a crockpot with water on high
  4. Cooking hot dogs in a crockpot with water on low

In this segment, you’ll learn everything in detail. Here the most popular way is to cook hot dogs without water because no one wants extra hassle. So let’s see how to do it. But before that, let’s get the nutritional value of the hot dogs we’ll cook.

Total Calories – 51kcal
Nutrients Amount
Protein 7g
Carbohydrates 6g
Fat 0.002g
Cholesterol 11mg
Sodium 476mg
Potassium 515mg
Sugar 3g
Iron 0.4mg

1st Way to Cook Hot Dogs in Crock Pot Without Water

Crock Pot Without Water

As usual, the process is very easy. But Before that, let’s learn about the ingredients.

Cooking Time

  • 2 hours 5 minutes (On High)
  • 4 hours 5 minutes (On Low)


  • 10-50 hot dogs

Cooking Instructions (On High)

  • First, get your crockpot clean and ready for cooking. Before you start cooking, set it into a high setting.
  • Then, place the hot dogs into the crockpot. I recommend putting them vertically. Make sure you’re not adding water.
  • As you are cooking on high, cook for 1-2 hours.
  • Everything is done; it’s time to add toppings.
  • If you plan to serve the hot dogs later, change the crockpot setting to Warm and serve string from the slow cooker.

Cooking Instructions (On Low)

The cooking instruction is the same for low as high. Only there will be 2 changes which I will be discussing below.

  1. Change the setting to Low.
  2. Cook for 3-4 hours on low. (In low setting, the time requirement is always higher)

2nd Way to Cook hot dogs in a Crock Pot With Water?

How to Cook hot dogs in a Crock Pot With Water
Img Credit: Carrie

Cooking hot dogs with water isn’t always the most popular method.  However, if you like the boiling taste, then it will be great for you. Let’s see how to cook hot dogs in different settings with water in a crockpot.

Cooking Time

  • 2 hours and 5 minutes (On High)
  • 4 hours and 5 minutes (On Low)


  • 24 hot dogs (48 ounces)
  • 1 cup water

Cooking Directions (On high)

  • First, set the crockpot on high setting.
  • Next, put a cup of water into the crockpot.
  • After that, place the hot dogs
  • Now cook the hot dogs for 2 hours.
  • Finally, get the crockpot into the Warm setting and let it stay in the crockpot until you serve it.

Cooking Directions (On Low)

The process is almost similar to the high setting. But in the low setting, keep the setting low and cook for 4 hours.

Experts Tips: Here, I’ve mentioned the recipe for 24 hot dogs (48 ounces). In that case, you will have to add 1 cup of water. But if the amount is higher (2x)/96 ounces, you’ll have to add 2 cups of water. And when it’s 3x/144 ounces, then add 3 cups of water.

Post-Cooking Process for Hot Dogs

Post-Cooking Process for Hot Dogs
Cooking Process for Hot Dogs

Your hot dogs are now cooked, but to serve them in the best way, there are some additional tasks. I know all of you are waiting for this segment. So, let’s dig in.

  • First, get your crockpot on the table. Make sure to keep it on a warm setting. Also, gather tongs, buns, relish, cheese, and other condiments.
  • Next, take the bun, and if you want, add some sauce to it.
  • Now, take any brush or spoon and spread the sauce through the bun.
  • Then, place the hotdog sausage into the bun.
  • Next, add dressing such as pickles, chili, onion, or other sauces.

Your hot dogs are now done. They are ready to serve the guests.

Which Method Is Recommended – Cooking hot dogs with water Or Without Water?

Ultimately, the best method for cooking hot dogs depends on your personal preferences and desired outcomes. If you prefer a more traditional hot dog flavor and texture, cooking without water is a good choice. However, if you prefer slightly plumped-up hot dogs with a softer texture, cooking with water is a suitable option.

Consider the cooking method you’re using as well. If you’re grilling or pan-frying hot dogs, cooking without water is generally better, as the direct heat helps to sear the hot dogs and retain their juices. Conversely, if you’re steaming or boiling hot dogs, cooking with water is necessary.

Here’s a table summarizing the pros and cons of each method:

Method Pros Cons
Without Water – Natural flavor – Juicy hot dogs – No dilution
– Requires careful monitoring to prevent drying out
With Water – Plumped-up hot dogs – Softer texture – Can add flavor
– Dilutes hot dog flavor – Can make hot dogs mushy if overcooked

Besides, You may read this article; How to Reheat Turkey in a Crockpot?

What to Serve With hot dogs?

After preparing hot dogs, if you are thinking of some side dishes for serving with hot dogs, then this segment is for you. In this segment, I’ve listed some of the best side dishes for hot dogs.

  • French Fries
  • Chili
  • Pasta Salad
  • Coleslaw with a Hawaiian Twist
  • Baked Beans
  • Fruit Salad
  • Vegetable Salads.

How Many Hot Dogs Can I Put in a Crock Pot?

If you’re targeting to cook hot dogs for a party, then one of your concerns will be how many hotdogs you can place in the crockpot. Well, if you have a crock pot of 4 quarts, then you can place 48 regular-length hot dogs. And you have a crock pot of 6 quarts, then you cook 64 regular-length hot dogs using it.

Note: The amount is given only if you place the hot dogs vertically into the crock pot.

Final Verdict

I think now you are prepared to cook hog togs in your crock pot. The process is very simple. Make sure you are aware of the settings and cooking time.

Once again I suggest not putting water in the crock pot. And another tip is to cook the hot dogs by placing them vertically. It will allow you to cook more hot dogs at a time.

That’s all for now, I wish you all the best for cooking your next hot dogs.

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