How to Cook & Keep Hot Dogs Warm for a Fundraiser

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A slow cooker offers the ideal means to cook hot dogs and keep them warm for your fundraising event. The hot dogs stay moist and develop a browned crust while cooking in the slow cooker. Once the hot dogs are cooked to the proper temperature for serving, switching the slow cooker to a lower setting keeps the hot dogs warm until you are ready to offer them to your event attendees.

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Step 1

Form one layer of hot dogs on the bottom of the crock of the slow cooker. Stack a second layer on top of the bottom layer and continue making layers until all the hot dogs are in the slow cooker.


Step 2

Place the lid on the slow cooker. Do not remove the lid while the hot dogs cook as this releases moisture and heat, causing the hot dogs to dry out and take longer to cook.

Step 3

Turn the slow cooker's temperature setting to high.

Step 4

Cook the hot dogs on high for about 1 to 2 hours or until the hot dogs feel hot throughout and are browned. Take one hot dog out of the slow cooker and cut it in half to check if the middle inside is hot.

Step 5

Reduce the temperature on the slow cooker to low to keep the hot dogs warm for the fundraiser.

Step 6

Remove each hot dog from the slow cooker with a pair of tongs when you are ready to serve it.

Things You'll Need

  • Slow cooker

  • Tongs


Place the hot dog buns inside of the slow cooker on top of the hot dogs a few minutes before you serve them to warm up the buns.

Serve the hot dogs with an assortment of condiments including ketchup, mustard, onions, relish and sauerkraut.

As an extra precaution, insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of one of the hot dogs after it finishes cooking. The cooked hot dog should register 160 degrees Fahrenheit on the meat thermometer. Monitor the temperature of the hot dogs throughout the event to ensure they stay at the proper temperature.