Barbecued Hot Dogs Recipe
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Barbecued Hot Dogs Recipe

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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
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

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 244 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 730mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein


  1. 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.
  2. 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. Yield: 20 servings.
Originally published as Barbecued Hot Dogs in Taste of Home April/May 1996, p29

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Reviewed 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!!!!!"

Reviewed 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!"

Reviewed Feb. 5, 2012

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

Reviewed 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."

Reviewed 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."

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