Carrot Hotdogs

carrots in a bunch on a wooden table
Carrots are so versatile in that they can take on so many different flavors and be incorporated into many dishes. Raw, they can add an earthy bite; and cooked, they can be so sweet – but not many people think of them as smoky and served in a hotdog bun!
These carrot dogs have a lot of strong flavors that they’re marinated in, that simply come together so wonderfully. You’ll just have to try it yourself.
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Prep Time 6 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 45 minutes
Estimated Cost$10
Course Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 8 People
Calories 60 kcal

Helpful Equipment


  • 8 large carrots (organic preferred and as consistent in width as you can find) 
  • 1 ¼ cup vegetable broth
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cloves  garlic (minced)
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce (you can sub with tamari if desired)
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. mustard powder
  • 1 tsp. pickled jalapeno juice
  • ½ tsp. ground coriander
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • ½ tsp. liquid smoke
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper



  • Peel carrots
  • Trim the carrots to about 6 inches long so they’ll fit nicely in a bun. Try to trim them in a way to keep the thickness of the carrot as even as possible. 


  • Cover your peeled and trimmed carrots with water in a saucepan. 
  • Bring the carrots to a boil over medium to high heat and then reduce to low. 
  • Continue cooking on low heat for 9 minutes. You want the carrots to be tender but not mushy. You should be able to easily push a fork through the carrot without squishing it.


  • Drain the water and put carrots in a baking dish to start marinating.
  • Combine all remaining ingredients and pour over the carrots.
  • Cover the dish and chill in the fridge for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight. Rotate the carrots or shake around the marinade occasionally throughout the chilling period.
  • Drain the marinade when you’re ready to grill.


  • On an outdoor grill or grill-grate frying pan, cook the carrots over medium-high heat and rotate until grill marks appear. This usually takes about 5 or 6 minutes.


  • Serve the carrot hotdogs in a bun or eat them as-is, with all of your favorite toppings and condiments.


Serving: 1carrot dogCalories: 60kcalCarbohydrates: 12.2gProtein: 1.8gFat: 0.9gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.4gSodium: 252.8mgPotassium: 279.6mgFiber: 2.9gSugar: 6.8gVitamin A: 11101.9IUVitamin C: 3.9mgCalcium: 38.9mgIron: 0.9mg

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