Guess what? You can fit 60 hot dogs in a 6-quart slow cooker. This is kind of big news if you happen to be:
- planning an end-of-the-year swim party for the 5th grade graduating class
- planning a block party potluck and know that kids really don't want to eat 75 different types of salad
- manning the Little League concession booth
- trying to beat the world's record in hot dog eating
- interested in testing out your cholesterol medication
- a crap load (technical term) of hot dogs (60, to be exact, although you can wimp out and do fewer, if necessary)
- 6-quart slow cooker
- an outlet
Unwrap all the hot dogs and throw the wrappers in a plastic bag and then immediately take out the garbage because if the kittens knock over the garbage can and hot dog juice gets all over the kitchen floor you're going to get annoyed and then have to mop unless you just wipe it up with a baby wipe and pretend the cats didn't really lick your floor.
Stand hotdogs on end if you're trying to cram in 60. If not, you can just dump them in. There's no need to add water. This is for two reasons: 1, the hotdogs will release moisture all on their own, and 2, if you have a crockpot full of hot dog water it'll just be kind of gross to dig through the water to pick them out. and 3 (I lied, there are 3 reasons) if the hotdogs hang out in hot water for too long they'll end up splitting on you.
Cover, and cook on low for 4 hours, or on high for about 2 hours--check to make sure the ones in the middle are fully hot before serving. Serve with tongs into buns and top with desired fixens'.
Your dogs can stay on the "warm" setting for an awfully long time. If your pot has a hot spot (mine does), the dogs on the edge will get kind of crispy and blackened, which will COMPLETELY fool your 10-year-old into thinking you learned how to barbecue.
If you eat too many hotdogs in a day because you don't want to waste them you'll be really really thirsty for the next three days.
Also? 6 hotdogs in two days is too much for a 2-year-old. Don't do that.
and? it's kind of fun to call your neighbors and have them over for spur-of-the moment hot dogs and it's even cooler that when you call to squeal that 60 hotdogs can totally fit in a 6-quart they know what you mean and highfive you through the phone.
Adam says these dogs remind him of the hot dogs from 7-11 or the movies where they cook on the roller bars--they aren't boiled, aren't barbecued, but hot. And hot dogs are fully cooked anyway in the package, so all you're doing is heating them through.
Happy Almost Summer!!
more cool stuff:
1 Minute Muffin (not in a crockpot)