Preliminary results for the above. I also made up two others with packaged beef hot dogs and sausages.
Pork/chicken dogs in above brine
Pork/chicken dogs in same brine with pickling spice added
All beef packaged hot dogs 10/1 ?
Hillshire packaged smoked sausages 6/1
Five days in. Final check is 2 weeks when the pickling should be about settled.
The chicken/pork dogs barely have taken in any taste. The pickling spice addition is ok in taste, but rather unremarkable for dogs.
The beef dogs have taken in quite a bit of flavor, but are quite dense and rubbery
The Hillshire sausages seem to have the best texture, taste, and pickle absorbtion thus far.
There has to be a better dog with probably a higher fat content which is what's taking in the taste. The sausages are winners here.