These Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs are the ultimate hot dog experience! Crispy bacon wrapped around a juicy hot dog and brushed with a sweet and spicy glaze. These hot dogs are perfect for BBQ’s and parties, but we love serving them all year long for game days or just a fun dinner night!
Need some drink ideas for serving these bacon wrapped hot dogs? We like something light and crisp to cut through the rich flavor of these hot dogs like this Aperol Spritz or a Champagne Moscow Mule. Champagne not your thing? Try a Michelada for a beer cocktail with a little spice!
Why You’ll Love These Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs
Plain hot dogs are fine, yes indeed. But wrap them in bacon, crisp them up in a skillet and coat them with a sweet and spicy glaze? In comes the most epic Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs that you’ll ever taste!
Not only do we love making this hot dog recipe for summer parties and cook outs, we make them all year long for fun dinner nights or big game days. Just watch your family and friends light up when you hand them this hot dog…there’s really nothing quite like it.
- Unique Recipe: Not everyone has had a bacon wrapped hot dog before. You’re family and friends are sure to love this crowd pleasing recipe.
- Fun Party Food: When you need to amp up a recipe for a party, wrapping something in bacon is usually a good place to start.
- Make Ahead: These hot dogs can be made ahead of time for parties or game day and warmed up before serving.
How Do You Make A Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog?
One thing we learned when trying out this recipe is that you do need to secure the bacon with toothpicks.
Sometimes bacon will hold on to whatever you’ve wrapped it on as it cooks, but we found that using toothpicks helped it stay on better.
- Once you get the hot dogs wrapped like we’ve done here, secure each end with a toothpick before adding them to the skillet. This will ensure that the bacon stays tightly wrapped around the hot dogs as it cooks down and crisps up.
- Cook the hot dogs for 7-8 minutes, turning often, until the bacon is cooked to your liking. That’s a whole thing, we do understand, so make it as crispy as you want.
- While the hot dogs are cooking, make a glaze by adding BBQ sauce, Worcestershire sauce, honey and a pinch of cayenne pepper to a bowl and stir to combine.
- Brush the glaze on the hot dogs after the bacon has crisped up to your liking. Serve on buns in a bed of lettuce.
Tips For Success
- Use Thicker, Beef Hot Dogs: We like grabbing larger size hot dogs for this recipe so the hot dogs don’t overcook while the bacon is getting crispy.
- Thick Sliced Bacon: Again, want everything to be done at the same time here, so a thicker slice of bacon will crisp up in about the same amount of time as it takes for the hot dog to be cooked.
- Use Quality Ingredients: As with most recipes, you’ll want to use the best quality ingredients that you can find. Especially when you’re making a recipe with basically 2 ingredients like this one, you want each ingredient to stand out.
Lettuce On Hot Dogs?
OK, so you might be wondering…what the heck is the lettuce here for? Lettuce definitely isn’t something that you normally see on a hot dog, we get it. There’s a lot of big, rich flavors going on here with the beef hot dogs, the salty bacon and our sweet and spicy glaze.
Adding a piece of cool and crunchy lettuce cuts through all those flavors making the perfect hot dog bite! So yes, of course, you can skip the lettuce but we urge you to try it this way first. We definitely think that you’re going to love it.
Topping Ideas For These Hot Dogs
Of course these hot dogs are simply delicious as is, but you can go as crazy with the toppings as you like! Setting out a topping bar for a party is a really fun idea for summer or when you’re stuck inside!
- Hot Dog Chili
- Pico de Gallo
- Homemade Guacamole
- Creamy Coleslaw
- Fresh Tomato Slices (A BLT Hot Dog!)
- Chopped Onion
- Mayonnaise, Ketchup, Mustard
Can This Hot Dog Recipe Be Made Ahead Of Time?
Yes you can! If you need to get dinner prepped ahead of time, or you’re making a whole lot of these hot dogs for a party, you can definitely get them ready in advance.
Cook the hot dogs up until the point where you add the glaze. Let the hot dogs cool and then cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days before you need them. Place the hot dogs in a baking dish or on a sheet pan and warm them up in a 375 degree oven for 10 minutes.
After the 10 minutes, remove the hot dogs from the oven and brush them with the glaze, then return to the oven for another 5-7 minutes until the glaze has set and the hot dogs are warmed through.
Alternately, you can warm the hot dogs up in a skillet until the bacon crisps back up, then brush with the glaze.
What Sides Go Well With Hot Dogs?
We’ve got all the side dishes that you could ever want or need! Head over to our Side Dish Menu for a complete list, but we’ll give you a few ideas here, too!
- Buddha’s Baked Beans
- Corn on the Cob on the Grill or Oven Roasted Corn
- Tuna Pasta Salad
- Classic Potato Salad
- Mexican Street Corn Salad
These Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs are our favorite way to make hot dogs for parties! Super crispy, bacon wrapped hot dogs with a sweet and spicy glaze!
- 8 beef hot dogs (larger, thicker hot dogs preferred)
- 8 hot dogs buns
- 8 slices bacon (thick sliced preferred)
- Lettuce for serving
For The Honey BBQ Glaze:
- 1/2 cup BBQ regular flavored sauce
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Make the glaze by adding all the ingredients to a small bowl. Adjust the heat to your liking by adding more or less cayenne pepper.
- Spiral wrap the hot dogs with bacon and secure at each end with toothpicks. (See photos in post for reference) Place the hot dogs in a large skillet over medium heat and cook while turning until the bacon is crisp. This should take approximately 7-8 minutes.
- Once the bacon is crisp, brush the hot dogs with the glaze and let cook for another 2 minutes, then turn the hot dogs over and glaze the other side, letting cook for another 2 minutes. Remove the hot dogs from the pan and then let the hot dogs cool just enough so that you can remove the toothpicks.
- Place a piece of lettuce on each bun, add the hot dogs and serve immediately.
To Prep in Advance: Make the hot dogs up until the point where you add the glaze. Let the hot dogs cool and then cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days before you need them. Place the hot dogs in a baking dish or on a sheet pan and warm them up in a 375 degree oven for 10 minutes. After the 10 minutes, remove the hot dogs from the oven and brush them with the glaze, then return to the oven for another 5 minutes until the glaze has set and the hot dogs are warmed through. If you only need to keep the hot dogs ready for a short amount of time, place them on a sheet pan or in a baking dish in a warm, 300 degree oven for up to 30 minutes before serving.
Leftover hot dogs will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Stove Top
- Cuisine: American
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