I could’ve fired up my gas grill to cook a batch of hot dogs. Or lit some charcoal. That’s when I had a ‘duh’ moment. The Big Easy! It cooks everything great, so why not use it! So that’s what I did and wow, I have to say it cooks up hot dogs about as quick and as easy as you could possibly get. Just fire it up, load it up and wait. Read a book, watch some TV, play a game, because there’s no turning, no worrying, no burning. Done in no time and roasted perfectly! Say hello to the new way to cook up hot dogs!
For something totally different, try marinating your hot dogs first.
Char-Broil makes two different kabob sets for the Big Easy. One sits on the bottom of the Big Easy with the kabobs extending upwards. The other rests on top of the cooking basket with the kabobs pointing downward. Either one will work just fine for cooking up a nice big batch of hot dogs. There’s plenty of room in the Big Easy for jumbo dogs, too.
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Hot Dogs on the Char-Broil Big Easy
Note: I easily fit 8 regular-sized hot dogs onto the kabobs. I might could squeeze 8 more. If you use bun-length dogs you'll only be able to fit 8.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
- Hot dogs you can also substitute fresh, uncooked sausages but you'll have to increase the cook time
Fire up your Big Easy.
Thread the hot dogs onto the Big Easy kabobs. If using the holder that points downward be sure you use the cotter pins or the dogs might slide down and off as they cook.
Lower the kabobs into the Big Easy and cook for 12 minutes or until done as desired.
What fun these smoked spiral hot dogs were to make and devour! I’ve made spiral dogs before, but this technique is much better than my old way. The key is inserting a skewer thru the dogs to keep them together after slicing. And of course, the skewer keeps you from slicing in too far. I smoked my spiral dogs, but you could just as easily grill them.
Anita and I recently ran across The Mustard Man at an event at the Jungle Jim’s market in Fairfield, OH. After sampling each of mustard I instantly picked up a bottle of each one. They are truly fantastic. I squeezed a bit of the Simple Pepper and Simply Maple on each of our smoked spiral dogs. The mustard runs down into the spirals, filling each bite with mustardy goodness. We cannot recommend The Mustard Man’s mustard enough!
Also try my other version of yummy smoked spiral hot dogs.
Smoked Spiral Hot Dogs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Fire up your smoker for 225 F. You can also make these hot dogs on a grill
Carefully guide the skewer through the center of the hot dogs. If you get the skewer crooked at it pokes out of the side of the dog just pull it back and try again. I found that laying the hot dogs down on a flat surface and sliding the skewer in from the side, parallel to the counter top, worked best.
Lay the skewered dog down onto a cutting board or flat surface.
Holding a knife at a 45 degree angle, starting at one end of the dog, cut into the dog down to the skewer. Start rolling the hot dog, keeping the knife inserted into the hot dog, making cuts that are about 1/2" apart. Continue rolling and cutting until you reach the other end of the hot dog.
Gently pull the dog apart, separating the cuts. Be careful, you don't want to break it.
Sprinkle with your favorite seasoning.
Place dogs onto the smoker and smoke for 2 hours. If grilling grill until done as desired.