If you love steamed, ‘ballpark’ style hot dogs then cook them in your slow cooker or Instant Pot! Perfect for feeding a crowd, this 1-ingredient recipe couldn’t get any easier.
Updated 2020 with Instant Pot instructions
Yes I went there. HOT DOGS. This is a common slow cooker or electric pressure cooker ‘recipe’ or more so, method of cooking hot dogs. I didn’t come up with this brilliant idea myself. These come out tasting like steamed hot dogs which personally I love. You know, the type of hot dogs you get at a baseball stadium.
Make In Bulk
Normally I would praise this recipe as being perfect for your upcoming 4th of July BBQ or summer party. BUT…I’m updating this recipe during the time of Covid-19, where social distancing is the norm and parties are a big no-no. Needless to say whenever we can conjugate in groups again, you can easily cook a ton of hot all at once in your slow cooker or electric pressure cooker (Instant Pot).
What Type Of Hot Dogs To Use
The brand of hot dog doesn’t matter; use whatever brand you like. You can use regular length or bun size length hot dogs however bun length hot dogs cannot be cooked standing up, they will not fit. Bun length hot dogs will need to be cooked laying down. Regular size hot dogs can be cooked standing up like you see in the pics above & below.
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How Many Hot Dogs To Use
The answer will depend on these two questions: how many people are you feeding and how large is your slow cooker? I have cooked as little as 8 hot dogs and as up to 48 at once. If you stand the hot dogs up vertically, a medium-size slow cooker (3.5 to 4-quart) should hold up to 48 regular length hot dogs. A 6-quart appliance should hold up to 64 hot dogs. If you lay the hot dogs down horizontal, obviously less will fit in the appliance.
You can store the leftover cooked slow cooker or instant pot hot dogs in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. You can also freeze the leftovers for up to 2 months.
I use a 3.5 quart slow cooker or a 6-quart Instant Pot (the only size I have). If you’re using the slow cooker, do not add water. Trust me. Keep the hot dogs hot by letting them sit in the appliance on the warm setting.Print
- Hot dogs
- 1 cup water (for pressure cooker)
- Add hot dogs to the slow cooker.
- Cook HIGH 1-2 hours, LOW 2-4.
Electric Pressure Cooker
- Pour water into the pressure cooker. Add hot dogs.
- Close lid and seal valve. Set high pressure and cook for 1 minute. Quick release pressure.
I purposely didn’t include any nutritional info because it will all depend on which brand of hot dogs you use.
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