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A Year of Slow Cooking

Friday, April 20, 2012

Hot Dogs for a Crowd



Guess what? You can fit 60 hot dogs in a 6-quart slow cooker. This is kind of big news if you happen to be:

  • planning an end-of-the-year swim party for the 5th grade graduating class
  • planning a block party potluck and know that kids really don't want to eat 75 different types of salad
  • manning the Little League concession booth
  • trying to beat the world's record in hot dog eating
  • interested in testing out your cholesterol medication

The Ingredients.
  • a crap load (technical term) of hot dogs (60, to be exact, although you can wimp out and do fewer, if necessary)
  • buns 
  •  fixens'
  •  6-quart slow cooker
  •  an outlet

The Directions.

Unwrap all the hot dogs and throw the wrappers in a plastic bag and then immediately take out the garbage because if the kittens knock over the garbage can and hot dog juice gets all over the kitchen floor you're going to get annoyed and then have to mop unless you just wipe it up with a baby wipe and pretend the cats didn't really lick your floor.
Stand hotdogs on end if you're trying to cram in 60. If not, you can just dump them in. There's no need to add water. This is for two reasons: 1, the hotdogs will release moisture all on their own, and 2, if you have a crockpot full of hot dog water it'll just be kind of gross to dig through the water to pick them out. and 3 (I lied, there are 3 reasons) if the hotdogs hang out in hot water for too long they'll end up splitting on you.

Cover, and cook on low for 4 hours, or on high for about 2 hours--check to make sure the ones in the middle are fully hot before serving. Serve with tongs into buns and top with desired fixens'.

Your dogs can stay on the "warm" setting for an awfully long time. If your pot has a hot spot (mine does), the dogs on the edge will get kind of crispy and blackened, which will COMPLETELY fool your 10-year-old into thinking you learned how to barbecue.

The Verdict.

If you eat too many hotdogs in a day because you don't want to waste them you'll be really really thirsty for the next three days.
Also? 6 hotdogs in two days is too much for a 2-year-old. Don't do that.

and? it's kind of fun to call your neighbors and have them over for spur-of-the moment hot dogs and it's even cooler that when you call to squeal that 60 hotdogs can totally fit in a 6-quart they know what you mean and highfive you through the phone.

Adam says these dogs remind him of the hot dogs from 7-11 or the movies where they cook on the roller bars--they aren't boiled, aren't barbecued, but hot. And hot dogs are fully cooked anyway in the package, so all you're doing is heating them through.

Happy Almost Summer!!

more cool stuff:
1 Minute Muffin (not in a crockpot)




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64 comments:

Cocktail Lady said...

Those were some good hot dogs I must say! Thank You again for them! I'm looking forward to doing this for a summer BBQ! But we'll keep the kids down to 2-3 hot dogs each, haha.

Anonymous said...

I read your blog all the time, and never comment, but something about this just tickled me. I find that eating a hot dog will keep me thristy for days after!!

Courtney said...

This was a hilarious post for so many reasons. Thanks for giving me a laugh today (and for letting me know how many hot dogs will fit in my crockpot! ;))!

Amie said...

Stephers, that was just funny right there. :)

reader said...

I've been crocking my dogs for years. I tried it when I had my (now 14 year old) daughter's first birthday party, and needed something for the little's and the picky's to eat. We do chili and dogs for our neighbors every halloween as well, and it's always crock dogs.

C. Beth said...

This is awesome. I don't even make hot dogs that often but I just know this will come in handy for a church potluck or something....

xbabbleonx said...

ok so i never comment on these things. and i probably not going to cook 60 hotdogs. but i must say reading your blog has been the best one yet in the funny department! loved it. i will read again! you write just like i talk ... well at least the way it seems to me ... probably not to others. lol.

Fatcat said...

Fun! I enjoy your writing.

Eileen said...

An outlet indeed.
Love the humor.
Thank you :))

Little Ol' Liz said...

Question: a crap ton --- is that standard, or metric?

I always get those two confused!



Loved the post.

iheartcooking said...

This post made me lol a few times! And I can totally see a scenario where I'd need to make that many hot dogs!

JenPB said...

For the first time EVER on your blog I have to say...EW! I'm all for a good sausage now and again, even a cheap dog. But stuffing 60 of 'em ANYWHERE...not. happening.

Thanks for sharing, though. As usual, your verdict was entertaining and further informative.

EKM said...

My 10 year old son would LOVE this! We live in New Zealand where hot dogs are unheard of. Closest they have are "sausages" or "bangers" that taste NOTHING like an American hotdog (probably because it has none of the "scraps" and unknowns in it!) BUT we are heading to the USA shortly so I will have to do this one day for him. Served with a side of chili for chili dogs!

Rebecca T said...

It's already 100 degrees here in California's "upper desert". Glad for this potluck idea that doesn't heat up the kitchen - more than it already is.

Jackie said...

This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing it!

Jenn the Greenmom said...

LOL! I never would have thought of this, but it's brilliant--not for everyday use, of course, but in those "OMG what will I serve all these kids" moments it's perfect.

You know, the Trader Joe's uncured basic beef hot dogs don't have all the ucky-evil preservativey chemicals in them and actually taste fairly amazing...still high fat and salt, of course, but way less bad than the regular commercial ones and they only have like 7 ingredients. :-) They make me like hot dogs again. (With homemade pickle relish. Yummm.)

Wonder if bratwurst would work like this too? More of a challenge in a way because they have to also cook in there...I'm in Chicago, that's the "go to" summer gathering food...

Love crockpot said...

I also learned at our children's school that you can also cook the hot dogs ahead of time and prepare them on the bun. Then wrap the hot dogs individually in aluminum foil and put them in the crockpot (no water), cover and turn the crockpot on warm. I know you can't have too many in there but it's useful.

Unknown said...

If ever in need of this many hot dogs, I will be trying this. The directions and commentary were hilarious... enjoyed reading.

Kris said...

btw, yes, hot dogs are technically cooked in the package BUT they can carry a nasty bacteria called Listeria which can make people really sick so it is a good idea to cook hot dogs prior to serving, not just warm them up

Linnette said...

I did this 2 yrs ago for my 6 yr old's birthday party which had a circus/fairground theme! I didn't have so many, and I kept them in the juice, but I served them out with barbecue tongs and I felt like a total professional! Wouldn't have thought of packing them vertically, that's a great idea!

KayakSerene said...

For a really large crowd you can cook the hot dogs, place in bun and wrap in foil, place a heating pad in the bottom of a cooler and turn to low. Place all wrapped hot dogs in cooler. Amazing how many hot dogs you can get in the cooler. Great money making idea at the concession stand!

Elaine in WV said...

LMAO!!! This hilarious post reminded me of the late Erma Bombeck. But I'm going to stuff my crock pot with dogs the next time husband has a crowd of guys in his Man Cave (aka big garage). I know THEY won't mind being thirsty for three days afterwards because they'll just keep drinking beer.

Nina T. said...

Such perfect timing for this! I had a huge party for my daughter's bday and did the hot dogs in the crock....OMG I can't believe it! They were awesome, and more importantly, NOT water logged! Thank you Thank you Thank you!

CeltChick said...

Hahahaha! My goodness, I love this post. I actually "tuned in" today to tell you I made your Chinese Lemon Chicken yesterday, with one "tweak": during the last hour I added chunked zukes & yellow squash -- Delish! And I didn't have to cook a separate veggie (but I did have to cook rice). This one's a keeper.

Josey Schaub said...

Brilliant - Stand them up to fit more in! Thanks for the tip! I did hot dogs for a crowd a month ago and did it the hard way: buffet pans kept warm by Schaffer burners. This is so helpful!

Lynette said...

I so do love the things you post and share! Especially since I had the same idea last year at my 5 yr old's Cowgirl Birthday party! Except, I thought I would need water - so I did use water and dump in all the hotdogs in the crock-pot. It was delightful and so super easy to have just hot hotdogs for all party members and I didn't have to worry about a hotdog getting cold! Or boiling them all in the house while the party was going on outside! Thanks for sharing that I don't need the water though! And 60! That's a lot of hot dogs!

Jennifer said...

I love this - thank you! And no, none of us would EVER let the kitties lick the floor. LOLOL

Visitor said...

"the baby" is 6 and i still wipe up spills with baby wipes. and have been pretending the cats don't like the floor for 20 years....

Oh - and i like the idea about the hot dogs too!

ALSO's Cakes, Pastries and More said...

This was an awesome post! We used to make hot dogs like this all of the time when I workd at a bank, during our customer appreciation day. Quick and easy!

NYCitified said...

I'm intrigued by this, and totally want to try it for a summer BBQ so that we don't have to stand there grilling hot dogs all day. Now we just have to find 60 friends that are willing to come to our house for hot dogs!

Kati said...

I just loved your comedy here.. just wanted you to know.

Becca Bleu said...

Love this article! Thanks so much for the laugh!

Dede said...

LOL!! to funny.
do you think it would work for brats? we are not really info hot dogs.

Brigett' said...

Hi Steph!!

I made these for my son's birthday party and was informed that I need to make them in a crockpot from now on. Thanks for the idea!

Brigett'

Mallory said...

I don't think I will ever have a reason to cook 60 hot dogs at once, but I have to say, this blog was so hilarious I read it aloud to my boyfriend and he laughed as much as I did!

Canned Ham Traveler said...

Here's a trick I learned to warm up the buns. Right before serving, place hot dogs in bun and put them into the wrapper. The heat from the hot dog steams the bun! Thanks for your website. I have your first book and I love your recipes. Happp almost summer to you too!

~Kris said...

my 2 youngest will be having their birthdays next month, and this looks like a fabolus idea to have for food on handy at the party!

B E C K Y said...

Trying this Right Now. Thank you Pinterest! this is a test run before the big blow out pool party next weekend. Thank you ma'am!

BG

Anonymous said...

Surfing the web to find out how to cook hotdogs for a crowd because I am "planning an end-of-the-year swim party for the 5th grade graduating class" AND that is the first line of the post!! I looked over my shoulder to see if someone was watching me! Thanks so much - will be making them Friday.

Salena said...

I am so using this for my 7 year-olds camping themed birthday party tomorrow! Loved the post! I now have you in my book mark list.

mamajuliana said...

Tonight is our Luau with about 50 hungry square dancers, (yep, square dancers have luaus,) and I plan to pack my crockpot with dogs!!!! Thank you so much for delightful (and funny) idea! Our problem will be with a hunfry beagle who will be searching for the hot dog wrapping!

Winnie said...

Thisis a great idea! I never cooked dogs in a crockpot..I am thinking for the annual school fair it would be a great idea, as well as out blockparty when kids from all over the block show up at all different times to eat. Thank you!

Joan said...

Great idea and just in time!!! Thanks.

Marie Spanner said...

Thanks for this gem of an idea, and for the humor that you used in sharing it with us! I'll be sure to make crock-dogs next time my daughter (13) asks!

Check out my blog! (Pretty please! No one ever visits me.) :(
http://mariespanner.blogspot.ca/

Mike & Lila Family said...

you are hilarious. thank you for that.

Indiana Parents said...

Thanks for your post. We as parents here in Indiana cook for our little middle school and high school football players on certain days of the week (I got a boy in each one). Well Thursday the team mom said she is making chili so Im trying to get hotdogs done for chili dogs. Problem I work 8:30 to 5pm and have to have the food there by no later than 5:30 yup will be using the crock pot! thanks!

Anonymous said...

I love your sense of humor! And thanks for the tips :) I certainly won't give my 2 year 6 hot dogs in 2 days now! HAHAHA

Tyree said...

Can you add beer into the crockpot with the hot dogs?

Stephanie O'Dea said...

Hi Tyree, sure! ;-)

FishMama said...

You. are. hilarious. Hubby and I were laughing through the whole post.

JDM1062 said...

Excellent and so funny!! God Bless!!

Heather said...

Hilarious - who knew looking up a crockpot recipe for hot dogs could provide some laughs?!? :)

LindseyApril said...

I will be using this idea for my 7 year old's birthday party next month. Tyree mentioned beer in the crock, and that made me smile because that's what we do to keep our burgers hot. One can/bottle of beer of choice, one whole onion (chopped), some minced garlic, and a splash of honey (optional). When the burgers are ready off the grill, throw them in the crock of beer and it keeps them hot, and infuses awesome flavor! Even my kids like the flavor (ages 7 and 4) **Obviously the alcohol is cooked out of it!** (I know someone, somewhere, will comment back in regards to serving alcohol to young children lol!)

LORENA M said...

Love the idea... Thank you for sharing. Only I have a question, I'm using the only crock pot I own for nacho cheese would this concept work on a rice cooker, you think?

Suzy said...

Got 15 teens coming tomorrow for an impromptu pool party. We WILL be serving "Crock Pot Dawgs" for sure!! What a great tip - THANKS!!

Christy Kollmann said...

This is great.....I've never laughed so hard just reading a recipe. Thanks for the realness...lol.

Sarah Ritchie said...

Thank you so much! I was getting panicky as to how I was going to cook American Hotdogs for 100 colleagues. Awesome!

DIY Sisters said...

Ever since I found this tip on Pinterest this is the only way we make hot dogs or sausages! Great for a crowd, or the family. I've linked to you on my weekly menu plan at diysisters.com. Thanks!

Karen Goodman said...

I don't really like hot dogs all that much, but since other people do, I love this idea. Perfect for a BBQ so the grill can be saved for burgers!

Sarah Easter said...

Hello. I have a 18 lb turkey roaster. Can I use this as you would a crock pot? If so, what temp settings (no high/low) and for how long? I am cooking about 150 hot dogs for our teachers tomorrow!! THANKS!!!

bitsybet said...

I've been racking my brain for something to bring to our annual block party. I wanted to make hot dogs, and was going to boil them and keep them warm in the Crock Pot. Found your idea, so I'm going to do them totally in the Crock Pot. I'm sure the kids there will be thankful--those covered dish casseroles usually don't appeal to them.

Rick Stauffer said...

I guess I crammed in too many hot dogs. When we went to get them, they were all swollen and could not come out without me digging about 5-10 out in pieces. Be aware, hot dogs swell a bit when they cook.

Julie Bennett said...

Renting our local water park for my boys birthday. You gave me another Great way to use my crockpot. Feeding 70 3rd graders. I love you Stepanie! I wish you lived in my neighborhood!

lqmomof3 said...

This is great and then you put them in buns, wrap in foil and put in a roaster. They really do taste like the hotdogs you get at the ball park!

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