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Save Big With TikTok’s Budget-Friendly Hot Dog Burnt Ends — No Smoker Needed!

Learn how to get that smoker-inspired flavor and the best spice to use

I love a good BBQ, but who knew hot dogs could be transformed into something so amazing? The viral smoked hot dog burnt ends from TikTok are a budget-friendly twist on classic burnt ends that are simply delicious. You don’t even need to check the internal temp or own a smoker—your oven does all the work. Plus, I’ll share tips on recreating that smoky caramelization and which spices to use. Get ready to get creative this BBQ season at home—here’s how to make hot dog burnt ends.

What are the viral smoked hot dog burnt ends?

If you love hot dogs and burnt ends on their own, you’ll love this smoky, salty fusion. This TikTok recipe transforms simple hot dogs into smoky, caramelized bites of goodness. Traditional burnt ends come from the fatty, flavorful “points” of smoked brisket, but hot dog burnt ends capture the essence with a fraction of the effort and cost. The hot dogs are sliced into chunks, seasoned generously and smoked until crispy. Watch the original video below:


HOT DOG BURNT ENDS • The best bite of BBQ on a budget, and you don’t even need to track the internal temp. Big thanks to @Susie Bulloch for the inspiration on this recipe! 🔥 • Full recipe below ⬇️ • INGREDIENTS: 16ct hot dogs (I used @Ball Park Brand beef) @Kinder’s Seasonings and Sauces AP Seasoning + Gold sauce 4T butter 1/4 C dark brown sugar Mustard (to bind seasoning) • INSTRUCTIONS: -Set smoker to 225°F -Score hot dogs to maximize smoke coverage -Slather on mustard and season liberally -Place dogs onto a warming rack and allow to smoke for 1hr -Cut dogs into thirds and place into a cast iron skillet -Throw in butter, brown sugar, and bbq sauce, then back into the smoker for 15-20 mins. -Mix around once and place back onto the smoker for another 30-45 mins, or until you’re happy with the tacking (tip: if you want them to tack up quicker, increase the temperature to 300-350°F) -Remove and let sit for about 10 minutes. Enjoy! • Save this recipe for your next cookout! I guarantee you you’ll get some compliments on the creativity. • Tools used: @HALO Products Group PRIME550 pellet grill & foil fork 10” cast iron skillet • #bbq #hotdogs #burntends #bbqlovers #foodie #bbqtime #outdoorcooking #delicious bbq #cookingoutside #smokedmeat #smoker

♬ original sound – Tom | The Backyard Palate

Love the original? Make our 5-ingredient recipe for Burnt Ends.

How to cook your hot dog burnt ends perfectly in the oven

No smoker? No problem! You can still achieve delicious, smoky results using your oven. Here are some key tips:

1. Preheat and prepare

Preheat your oven on a lower temperature so the hot dogs don’t overcook. For easy clean up, line your baking sheet with aluminum foil.

2. Season well

Just like with the smoker method, coat your hot dog pieces generously with a BBQ rub or your favorite seasoning mix. I recommend using smoked paprika for that instant smokey flavor. 

3. Bake low and slow

Bake the hot dog burnt ends for about an hour and half to two hours. This low and slow cooking method will help mimic the smoking process. 

4. Finish with BBQ sauce

Remove the hot dog pieces from the oven, toss them in your favorite BBQ sauce (I also love using brown sugar and butter), and return them to a higher temperature. This will help caramelize the sauce.

Want to use your grill? Learn How to Grill Hot Dogs.

Easy hot dog burnt ends recipe

I followed the original smoker recipe by TikTok user @thebkydpalate using my oven and they were a hit as a party appetizer with toothpicks. As the caption says, it’s the “the best bite of BBQ on a budget.”


  • 16-ct hot dogs, 100% beef
  • BBQ seasoning of choice
  • 4 Tbs. butter
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • Mustard (to bind seasoning)


  • Total Time: 110 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings
  1. Preheat the oven to 250°F. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil and set aside. Optionally, place a wire rack on top for even cooking.
  2. Score the hot dogs to maximize smoke coverage, then slather on mustard and season liberally. Place them on the baking sheet/rack and cook for 1.5-2 hours.
  3. Cut the hot dogs into thirds and place into a cast iron skillet. Throw in butter, brown sugar and BBQ sauce, mix, then put the skillet back in and bake at 350°F for 20-30 minutes more, until caramelized.
  4. Remove and let sit for about 10 minutes before enjoying.

Storing instructions

Leftover hot dog burnt ends can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three to four days.

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