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Crank up your grill for summer with these BBQ Hot Dogs! A few simple ingredients will make you queen (or king!) of the grill.

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BBQ hot dogs with buns and toppings on a black platter.

Grab your favorite barbecue sauce and all the toppings you can carry, then head outside to barbecue hot dogs for your next family night or summer get-together.

Dinner couldn’t be easier or more enjoyable than cooking these grilled hot dogs outdoors. Be ready with side dishes like Cajun Corn on the Cob and Air Fryer Potato Chips because these barbecued hot dogs are ready to eat in under 10 minutes.

Ingredients needed to prepare bbq hot dogs.

How to Make BBQ Hot Dogs

A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.

Using a knife to cut slices in hot dogs before grilling.

STEP ONE: Preheat your grill to medium heat and oil the grates so your bbq hot dogs don’t stick.

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STEP TWO: Slice shallow cuts on one side of your bbq weenies and place them on the grill cut side up.

Brushing bbq sauce on hot dogs before grilling.

STEP THREE: Brush BBQ sauce on hot dogs and grill for 5-7 minutes.

Grilled BBQ Hot Dogs on a white plate next to a plate of buns and a small bowl of bbq sauce.

STEP FOUR: Serve right away in your favorite hot dog bun with more BBQ sauce and pile high with toppings.

Grilled BBQ Hot Dogs in buns on a black plate.

What to Serve With Barbecued Hot Dogs

Variations for Grilled Hot Dogs

  • Change up your favorite barbecue sauce for something special. Try it spicy, try it sweet, or turn up the grill flavor with a smoky-flavored sauce — or our homemade 2 ingredient BBQ sauce!
  • Toss your sliced onions and peppers on the grill for a flavorful topping!
  • Serve BBQ wieners slathered with deli-style mustard and sauerkraut, or pile on your favorite coleslaw recipe instead.
  • Try these grilled hot dogs “Memphis Style!” Wrap them in bacon before you grill them. Cook them slow (about 45 minutes) then brush them with barbecue sauce a few minutes before you pull them off the grill. Top them with onions, peppers, and cheese. 
  • Love brats? Try them on the grill with bbq sauce too. Make sure to cook them to the correct internal temperature.
  • Love the appetizer with mini hot dogs and lots of sauce? You can still get that great barbecue hot dog flavor by pouring your mini hot dogs in a cast iron skillet with barbecue sauce and cooking them together on the grill.
Overhead view of eight grilled bbq hot dogs on a plate with buns and toppings.

What is the Best Way to Barbecue Hot Dogs

Slice your hot dogs in a shallow cross-hatched pattern before you put them on the grill. This will keep them from splitting open as they get hot and let off steam. Also make sure to lightly oil your grill grates to prevent sticking. And don’t forget to add the BBQ sauce and the toppings! The best barbecue hot dogs are really all about your favorite combination of flavors and how high you can pile the goodies!

How Long Do You BBQ Hot Dogs For?

Like any outdoor cooking, your cook time is going to vary based on your grill temperature, the weather, and what kind of hot dogs you buy. Generally, you can expect your dogs to take 5-7 minutes on the grill. Jumbo-sized hot dogs will take a few minutes longer.

Close up view of two grilled bbq hot dogs in buns.

Is Barbecue Good on Hot Dogs?

BBQ sauce on hot dogs is so good, you’re going to be a rock star at the next family cookout. Everyone cooks hot dogs on the grill over the summer. Few people take the time to make it really special. And you don’t have to tell anyone how easy it is to have your weenies up their game.

What Should I Soak Hot Dogs in Before Grilling?

You can pour barbecue sauce on hot dogs and let them marinate for about 20 minutes before grilling. Make sure you cut slices in your hot dogs before you add your barbecue sauce. Do you have to marinate your hot dogs before grilling? Absolutely not. Do they taste delicious marinated? Absolutely YES!

BBQ hot dogs with buns and toppings on a black platter.

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Yield: 4 Servings

BBQ Hot Dogs

BBQ hot dogs with buns and toppings on a black platter.

Grill BBQ Hot Dogs for your next cookout. Made with pantry staples, these grilled hot dogs will make you feel like summer is here to stay.

Prep Time 13 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 bun-length hot dogs
  • ½ cup BBQ sauce
  • 4 hot dogs buns, for serving
  • Your favorite hot dog toppings

Instructions

  1. Preheat a grill to 375-400 degrees, oiling the grates to prevent sticking.
  2. Using a sharp, short-blade knife, cut several shallow crosshatch-style cuts on opposite sides of each hot dog.
  3. Place the hot dogs, cut side up, on the grill. Carefully brush them with BBQ sauce, ensuring to get some inside the crosshatch cuts. 
  4. Grill for 5-7 minutes, flipping once, until hot dogs are grilled to perfection. Serve immediately on hot dog buns with more BBQ sauce and your favorite toppings.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 383Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 1007mgCarbohydrates: 59gFiber: 2gSugar: 18gProtein: 12g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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