Kansas City BBQ Pulled Pork Hot Dogs

Kansas City BBQ Pulled Pork Hot Dogs

Savor the blend of smoky BBQ pulled pork atop juicy hot dogs, a fusion of flavors in a bun, perfect for BBQs or a unique twist on classic hot dogs!

Living in 7 cities across the U.S. and experiencing regional cuisine has allowed me to appreciate and become inspired to create new recipes I can take with me and share with you.

As a born and raised Chicagoan, I have to say I love a Chicago hot dog and I’ve also discovered how amazing the Sonoran Hot dog is as well since moving to Arizona. While these are wonderful, sometimes I get inspired to switch things up.

Chances are if you are looking at this recipe you also love BBQ and more than likely have found yourself with extra pulled pork from smoking a pork shoulder or pork butt (or this pulled pork made on a gas grill).

You may have also wondered how pulled pork on hot dog buns would be and let me tell you, it works!

But let’s take it a step further and create a well-rounded craft KC-style hot dog that does this barbecue city proud!

Why This Recipe Works:

  1. Flavor Fusion: This recipe combines the classic, beloved taste of hot dogs with the rich, smoky, and sweet flavors of Kansas City-style BBQ pulled pork. The combination of the savory hot dog with the tangy and slightly spicy barbecue sauce creates a complex and satisfying flavor profile that appeals to both barbecue enthusiasts and hot dog lovers.
  2. Texture Contrast: The tender, shredded texture of the pulled pork contrasts beautifully with the snap of a grilled or boiled hot dog. This contrast in textures adds an enjoyable and unique mouthfeel to each bite, elevating the traditional hot dog experience.
  3. Customizable Toppings: Kansas City BBQ Pulled Pork Hot Dogs offer great versatility in terms of toppings. Traditional coleslaw, pickles, or additional barbecue sauce can be added for extra flavor and crunch. This adaptability allows for personalization to suit individual tastes and makes the dish appealing to a wide audience.
Kansas City BBQ Pulled Pork Hot Dogs

Supplies Needed

  • Large Pot with Lid
  • Steamer Basket
  • Tongs

KC Hot Dog Ingredients:

  • Hot Dog Buns
  • All Beef Hot Dogs (choose your favorite)
  • Leftover Smoked Pulled Pork
  • BBQ Sauce (use your favorite)
  • Coleslaw
  • Pickles
KC BBQ Hot Dog Ingredients

How Do I Reheat Pulled Pork?

Making a hot dog is pretty uncomplicated, but to build this pulled pork hot dog combo you will want to reheat your leftover smoked and pulled pork without drying it out.

Avoid the oven and the microwave! These methods dry out the pork and can make this hot dog less appealing.

Instead, you want to slowly steam your pulled pork leftovers. This works nicely because you can also simultaneously steam your hot dogs and the buns all together for a quick and easy one-pot meal.

Steaming introduces moisture back into the meat without adding actual liquid. You can easily toss the steamed pulled pork with your favorite barbecue sauce as well before adding it to your hot dog bun.

Reheating the pulled pork

Cooking & Assembly:

  1. Steaming is the best and easiest method to reheat your pork and heat your dogs and buns up too! Get a steamer pot set up with some water and bring it to a boil.
  2. Add about 1.5-2 cups of pulled pork to one side of the basket and add the hot dogs to the other side. Place the lid on and steam until everything is heated through and the dogs are plump. Roughly 8 minutes or so.
  3. When the food is almost heated through, place the buns right on top of the pork and let it all steam for another 1-2 minutes. Remove everything from the pot.
  4. Mix the pulled pork and BBQ sauce together. Place the pork mixture onto your hot dog bun then add the hot dog in the middle.
  5. On one side add a few tablespoons of coleslaw and then a few slices of your favorite pickles.
  6. Finish it all off with a drizzle of BBQ sauce (this Carolina Gold sauce would be amazing on them too). Serve and enjoy!
how to assemble a KC BBQ hot dog

What Sides Go With A KC BBQ Hot Dog?

Here are some of my favorite BBQ sides to serve with your meal-

Kansas City BBQ Pulled Pork Hot Dogs
Kansas City BBQ Pulled Pork Hot Dogs

Kansas City BBQ Pulled Pork Hot Dogs

Savor the blend of smoky BBQ pulled pork atop juicy hot dogs, a fusion of flavors in a bun, perfect for BBQs or a unique twist on classic hot dogs!
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Course: Grilling
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Kansas City BBQ Pulled Pork Hot Dogs
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 People
Calories: 476kcal
Author: Bon Appeteach


  • 4 All Beef Hot Dogs
  • 4 Hot Dog Buns
  • 2 cups Pulled Pork
  • 1/4 cup BBQ Sauce plus extra for garnish
  • 12 Pickle Slices
  • 1/2 Coleslaw



  • Add water to the bottom of a large pot and then cover with a steaming basket. Place on medium high heat and bring the water to a simmer.
  • Place the pulled pork onto one side of the basket and the hot dogs on the other side. Cover with a lid and steam about 6-8 minutes.


  • Once the pork and hot dogs are heated through, place the hot dog buns on top of the meat. Cover with the lid again and steam an additional 1-2 minutes. Remove everything from the pot.
  • In a bowl, mix the BBQ sauce into the pulled pork.
  • Place the BBQ pulled pork onto the open hot dog bun, then add a hot dog.
  • To one side add 2 tablespoons of coleslaw and 4 pickle slices to the opposite side.
  • Garnish with an additional drizzle of BBQ sauce over the top and enjoy.


Serving: 1Hot Dog | Calories: 476kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 1672mg | Potassium: 149mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 216IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 143mg | Iron: 4mg

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