Frozen hot dogs are a convenient way to stock up on summer grilling favorites. Not all frozen dogs are created equal, though. Some brands are better than others, depending on what kind of hot dog experience you’re looking for. And if you plan to grill them soon after purchase, there’s some preparation required before you start cooking on the grill.
So can you grill frozen hot dogs? If you’re a hot dog lover and love to grill, then you’ve probably asked yourself this question.
In this article, we’ll talk about what makes a good frozen dog and how to prepare it before grilling so that it comes out tasting great!
Can You Grill Frozen Hot Dogs?
You’ve been there. It’s a beautiful day, and you want to cook up some hot dogs on the grill. But then you remember: you forgot to defrost them first. What can you do?
The answer is simple: You can grill frozen hot dogs!
However, there are some things you should be aware of before doing so. Below, we’ll go over some pros and cons of grilling frozen hot dogs as well as tips for grilling frozen hot dogs.
- Pros: Grilling frozen hot dogs will allow them to cook faster than if they were thawed out beforehand. You also don’t have to worry about them drying out during cooking because of the water content in the hot dog. This means less time spent babysitting your grill!
- Cons: If your grill isn’t hot enough when you put the frozen hot dogs on it, they could stick and break apart—which would make for a very messy situation! Also, grilling frozen hot dogs means that they won’t absorb any smoke flavor from whatever wood chips or pellets you use in your smoker box or grill box (if applicable).
How To Grill Frozen Hot Dogs
Hot dogs are a summertime staple, but they can be tricky to grill. They can fall off the skewer, and they don’t always cook evenly. If you’re wondering how to grill frozen hot dogs, we’ve got some tips for you!
- Preheat the grill: Make sure your grill is nice and hot before placing your hot dogs on it. The hotter it is, the better your hot dogs will cook.
- Place your frozen hot dogs on the grill: If you want to keep them from falling off the skewer, use a fork or tongs to place them on the grill rack.
- Cook your frozen hot dogs on low heat: You’ll want to turn them frequently until they’re cooked through so that they don’t burn or overcook in any one area of your grill pan.
- Flip frequently during cooking time: This will help prevent burning and ensure even cooking throughout all parts of each frankfurter!
Things to keep in mind:
- First, use tongs or a spatula to turn hot dogs while they’re still on the grill. If you use your hands, they could get burned by the steam that comes off of freshly cooked hot dogs as they cool down.
- Second, use a thermometer to check for doneness. It’s easy to tell when a hot dog is done by its appearance—the skin turns brown and crispy around the edges—but if you don’t have a meat thermometer handy, it’s hard to know exactly how far along it is without checking in with an instrument like one.
- Finally, use a lower heat setting than usual when grilling frozen hot dogs. You want them to cook through without burning them or causing them to dry out too much so that when they’re done cooking through, they still taste fresh and juicy enough for eating on their own (or in sandwiches).
How To Thaw Frozen Hot Dogs
Frozen hot dogs are perfect for when you don’t want to cook, but still want to eat. But if you’re not careful, they can turn into a soggy mess before you even get them in the pan. There are three ways to safely thaw frozen hot dogs: stovetop, microwave, and overnight refrigerator method.
1. Stovetop Method
The stovetop method is the simplest way to thaw frozen hot dogs. Simply place the frozen hot dog in a pot of simmering water, and set a timer for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, check to see if the hot dog is thawed; if it isn’t, continue to cook for 5-minute intervals until it has thawed.
2. Microwave Method
The microwave method can also be used to thaw frozen hot dogs. Place the frozen hot dog on a microwavable plate and heat for 1 minute per pound of meat—you’ll need about 4 minutes total if your hot dog weighs 1 pound (the average size).
You can also use this method with an entire package of hot dogs at once; just make sure they’re evenly spaced so they cook evenly in the microwave.
If you don’t have a microwave-safe plate, cover your plate with a damp paper towel before heating it in the microwave—this will help prevent splatters!
3. Overnight Refrigerator Method
The overnight refrigerator method is the easiest way to thaw frozen hot dogs. Simply place your frozen hot dogs in a bowl and place it in your fridge. That’s it!
This method works well for people who don’t have a lot of time to thaw their hot dogs.
It also works well if you don’t want to use the microwave or stovetop method, which can sometimes dry out your hot dogs.
The downside of this method is that it takes a long time—24 hours or more—for the hot dogs to thaw. Because of this, we don’t recommend using this method if you’re looking to cook dinner right away.
In conclusion, I have found that frozen hot dogs can be grilled. In fact, they can be grilled in a variety of ways. Whether you want to grill them on the stove or in an oven, there are many options for cooking frozen hot dogs. While it may take some trial and error, the results are well worth it once you find a method that works for you!