Tuesday, June 27, 2017

King's Hawaiian Mini Hot Dogs by Cleo Coyle

Bring smiles to your summer cookout with these cute mini hot dogs. Pair them with sliders for a main course or serve them as whimsical appetizers. (They’re the perfect size for children’s parties, too.) 

Any dinner roll can be used for this recipe, though we especially love the sweet, soft rolls that King’s Hawaiian makes. Simply slice the top of the roll to mimic a mini hot dog bun. Cut your hot dogs into thirds and sauté in our pineapple-based glaze...

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To create the delicious pineapple-based glaze for this recipe, we adapted one of our favorite recipes from our 15th Coffeehouse Mystery Dead to the Last Drop. That version is spiked with bourbon and cuts the hot dogs into bites small enough to spear with a pretzel stick. To get that recipe, click here or on the photo below...

Whether you try our happy-hour bourbon version or this fantastic (virgin) “Hawaiian” mini dog, we certainly hope you will eat with joy. Aloha!
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King's Hawaiian
Mini Hot Dogs by
Cleo Coyle

Makes 24 mini hot dogs


24 dinner rolls (We use King’s Hawaiian, 2 packs of 12 each)
1 package of hot dogs (8 count, regular “bun size”)
1 cup ketchup (we use Simply Heinz)
1 cup pineapple juice (use 100%, no sugar added or purée your own)
1 teaspoon dry mustard (do not skip, this balances the sweetness)
1 cup dark brown sugar, packed

Note: Regular “bun size” hot dogs should be about 6-inches in length. Packages range in weight. Look for 14 to 16 ounce packages. Either weight will work with this recipe, as long as you have 8 hot dogs.


Step 1 – Cut your 6-inch hot dogs into thirds. You should end up with 24 mini dogs of roughly 2-inches each. Set these aside.

Step 2 – The ideal pan for this recipe is a 10-inch, non-stick skillet or sauté pan. Over medium heat, stir together the ketchup, pineapple juice, and dry mustard. Bring to a boil and stir in the dark brown sugar. 

Turn down the heat to a simmer and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then…

Step 3 - Add your 24 hot dog pieces. Slowly stir and turn the dogs to coat them completely in the liquid. 

Continue simmering and occasionally stirring to prevent scorching of the sugar in the glaze. After about 12 to 15 minutes, the mini dogs will plump up and the liquid will thicken into a shiny, sweet-and-tangy glaze. If the mixture is still loose after 15 minutes, simply turn up the heat and continue cooking it down and stirring until it does thicken and coat the mini dogs (as you see in my photo below). The final glaze should be the consistency of a thick barbecue sauce...

Step 4 – When ready to serve, prepare the dinner rolls. Place a slice in the top half of each roll. (Quick tip: rolls are often slightly more rectangular than square. Put the slice down the long half of the rectangle to better mimic a hot dog bun.) 

Then nestle each Hawaiian-glazed mini dog into its own little dinner roll bun and spoon on extra glaze if you like. We use the King’s Hawaiian “original” rolls for this recipe, but you can use any roll. Serve warm... 


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  1. These look delish and adorable, Cleo! Thank you.

    1. aw, thank *you* for the sweet comment, Mary Jane!


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  2. What a cute idea.
    My granddaughter's first birthday is coming and her mom is planning a Texas BBQ theme (the baby was born in Texas). These might work well with the menu.
    Hm, ,aybe two batches: kids' and adults!

    1. Sigh I guess you can figure that is supposed to say, "Hm, maybe two batches..."

    2. LOL, no worries! Understood...cheers for the comment - my reply is below...

  3. Libby - First of all, happy congratulations on your granddaughter's first birthday! Love the Texas party theme. I think you're idea of two batches (pineapple-based for the kids and bourbon-spiked for the adults) is a wonderful idea. Put a bottle of bourbon next to the plate with the spiked dogs and a whole pineapple next to the virgin versions and you've got it! Happy Birthday to your little one, and Happy Fourth to your family!


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  4. Cute recipe, Cleo. My grandkids adore Hawaiian bread! ~ Daryl

  5. Yummy, a big hit here. Who can ever resist those rolls, and the pineapple makes that a good sauce for lots of things.

  6. Thanks, Daryl, it's a fun recipe for kids (the grown-up kind, too). Have a delicious weekend!

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