hot dogs in a crock pot

Slow Cooker (Crockpot) Hot Dogs

Yes, you read that right.

Hot dogs in the slow cooker. Sigh. Do we really need it?

Do we really want it?

Well actually, I found a couple of reasons this might be a good idea.

Why You Should Slow Cook Your Hot Dogs

  1. It is your kid’s Birthday Party and you have 10+ mouths to feed. You are pretty sure Shirley over there is having more than one hot dog, so best to make extra.
  2. It is summer and its 35C outside. You don’t want to turn on the oven. You don’t even want to turn on the stove.
  3. If you ever thought “I should surprise myself and see how lazy I can get” then slowcooker hot dogs are for you.

Slow Cooker (Crockpot) Hot Dogs

As if this couldn't get any easier!
Prep Time5 minutes
Active Time2 hours
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crockpot, slowcooker
Yield: 12 hot dogs
Cost: $5


  • 1 slow cooker or Instant Pot
  • 1 pack raw hot dogs


  • Plug in your slowcooker and pour in a bag of hot dogs.
  • Set your slowcooker to LOW for 2-3 hours. Stir every hour to check on it.
    slowcooker settings
  • That's basically it. Keep warm until you're ready.


The hot dogs have a different texture compared to boiled. The outer layer is slightly thickened, giving just enough texture to be more interesting than a boring boiled hot dog. 
Mine cooked in 2 hours, so I just switched it to “keep warm” until I was ready to serve the rest of the meal. 
If you are cooking a ton of hot dogs (read: kid’s birthday party) then this is a great, no fuss timesaver for those hectic days. 

A Note About Instant Pot Slow Cooker Settings

There are three settings for temperature: Less, Normal, More.

Less = warm
Normal = low
More = high

Just a head’s up on that bit. 😉

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