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serving bowl full of nana's weird hot dog appetizer

Nana's Weird Hot Dog Appetizer

  • Author: Stacey
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 portions 1x


It takes only three ingredients to make Nana’s weird hot dog appetizer. And they will be the hit of the party! You simply must try this odd (and delicious) combination! This is kid-friendly too!


Units Scale
  • 1 package Nathan’s Beef Franks-Skinless (8 hot dogs)
  • 1 12-ounce jar of grape jelly (generic is fine)
  • 1 18-ounce bottle Bullseye BBQ Sauce (Original)


  1. Don’t forget to watch the video with step-by-step instructions. 
  2. Chop the hot dogs and set aside in a bowl. I did four cuts per hot dog – so 5 bite-sized pieces per hot dog is the yield. 
  3. Pour the entire bottle of Bullseye Original BBQ Sauce in a pot. Next, add the whole jar of grape jelly to the pot as well. I did turn the BBQ sauce bottle upside down to make sure I got all the sauce! 
  4. Heat the pot on low-to-medium heat for about 10 minutes and make sure to watch and stir it. We want all the jelly to melt and be well combined with the BBQ sauce. 
  5. Once the jelly and BBQ sauce are melted together add the hot dogs and stir. Heat on low-to medium for about 15-20 minutes until the hot dogs are cooked. 
  6. Transfer hot dogs to a serving bowl and serve immediately! It’s best to use tiny bowls for your guests so they can get the desired sauce level. The sauce is really delicious!


  1. I used the exact brand names that Nana used to make this appetizer. I don’t know if another BBQ sauce will work or taste good. I only know Bull’s Eye Original BBQ Sauce, any grape jelly (generic store brand is fine) and Nathan’s (specifically Nathan’s) Hot Dogs (beef franks – skinless).