Crockpot Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs

bacon wrapped hot dogs
Diana Rattray
  • 6 hrs 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 6 hrs
  • Yield: 60 mini dogs (20 servings)
Ratings (14)

Like complementary colors from opposite sides of the spectrum, salty and sweet flavors together make a dish greater than the sum of its parts. A complex chemical reaction inside your mouth can explain the phenomenon, but you don't need a science degree to take advantage of it.

You use this observation when you add salt to a cake batter or sprinkle it on a not-quite-ripe melon. Similarly, the seemingly incongruous mating of hot dogs, bacon, and brown sugar in your slow cooker produces a candied crunch that's neither fully sweet nor fully salty but an entirely delicious fusion of flavors.

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What You'll Need

  • 20 hot dogs (cut in thirds)
  • 20 slices bacon (uncooked and cut in thirds)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar (or less, to taste)

How to Make It

  1. Wrap a piece of bacon around each piece of hot dog and secure it with a toothpick.
  2. Put one layer of bacon-wrapped hot dogs in the bottom of your slow cooker insert and add a generous sprinkling of brown sugar. Repeat with the remaining hot dogs and brown sugar.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours or high for 3 to 4 hours.


  • Whisk 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder with the brown sugar before you add it to the slow-cooker crock for a spicy-sweet flavor. Adjust the heat level with more or less garlic and cayenne.
  • Dissolve the brown sugar in a 1/2 cup of bourbon and pour it over the hot dogs.
  • Reduce the brown sugar to 1/2 cup and add 1/4 maple syrup and 2 tablespoons Sriracha or other hot chili sauce to the slow cooker.
  • Substitute kielbasa, cocktail weiners or another favorite smoked sausage for the hot dogs.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 40
Total Fat 1 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Unsaturated Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 1 mg
Sodium 47 mg
Carbohydrates 8 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Protein 0 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)