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Barbecued Hot Dogs

I grew up in a family of eight kids, and we never complained if Mom made these terrific hot dogs often for birthday parties and other family gatherings. You'll find that kids and grown-ups devour these...good thing they're easy to make. -Joyce Koehler, Watertown, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 50 min. Bake: 40 min.
  • Makes
    20 servings


  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped celery
  • 1-1/2 cups ketchup
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 2 packages (1 pound each) hot dogs
  • 20 hot dog buns, split


  • In a saucepan over medium heat, saute onion in butter until tender. Add celery, ketchup, water, lemon juice, sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and mustard; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Cut three 1/4-in. deep slit on each side of the hot dogs; place in a 2-1/2-qt. baking dish. Pour the sauce over the hot dogs. Cover and bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until heated through. Serve on buns.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 244 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 730mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • sd20
    Jan 25, 2020

    Not fans.

  • PrplMonky5
    Aug 7, 2017

    My husband and I liked this but we agree with other reviewers that it was a tad too sweet. I will cut back on the brown sugar next time. I also thought the sauce tasted close to a homemade sloppy joe sauce. Not really a bad thing, but it wasn't what I was expecting. I'd still make this again, maybe play around with the ingredients a bit.

  • ChrisD1717
    Jul 10, 2017

    These were delicious and so easy to make. Just ate on buns as is. Did not need any dressings. Flavor was great on it's own. They were easy to heat up also. Would definitely make again.

  • gail_pail
    Aug 26, 2015

    I've made these for years..was my grandmother's recipe. I do not put them in buns. I cut each dog down the center about 3/4 of the way. Mix all the ingredients and put the sauce in the center of each dog and what is left over I spread over the top and bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes. I make it a little different too...I only use 2 Tbsps of brown sugar and only chopped onions (omit celery) and I use apple cider vinegar and omit the water and omit the lemon juice..I do add a couple splashes of Nabisco sauce..the rest is the same ingredients. I do not cook the ingredients. I only soften the margarine in microwave for a few minutes). Kids love them (usually without onions so I make half with and half without -- I add onions at the end). ENJOY!!!!!

  • Grandsx6
    Jun 3, 2013

    This is so easy to make, and it's a true crowd-pleaser. I was serving 20 people, so I doubled everything. Everyone loved them, young and old!

  • s_pants
    May 10, 2013

    No comment left

  • jax4787
    Feb 5, 2012

    Made it just the way the recipe said and it tasted great! Easy and very flavorful! Definitely will make again.

  • califhsmom
    Aug 19, 2011

    Back around 1996 my mother-in-law gave me the issue of TOH magazine in which this recipe first appeared. This recipe has been a family favorite every since. This recipe is frequently requested for birthdays and other family get-togethers.

  • countryhearts
    Jul 22, 2011

    I've been making this recipe since my children were little. Even my daughter that doesn't like hotdogs loves this. Now I make it for my grandchildren. I've shared this recipe often. It's always a hit and so easy.

  • chris and jenn
    May 16, 2011

    Good idea but was too sweet.