Re:steamed hot dogs
However, as long as the conversation is open, let's make this one about making hot dogs at home. I tend to prefer skinned hot dogs for pretty much everything. Lately, with the price of regular hot dogs skyrocketing, I've been using the Johnsonville and Hillshire farms "sausages", which I find to be both excellent and often available at $2-$2.50 a pound (although recently their packages have gone down to 14 ounces, which makes the $2 per package go up to more like $2.30 a pound, and the $2.50 package more like $2.85 a pound. Still better than the $4-5/pound that Sabrett, Nathans, the kosher hot dogs go for (the Shop-Rite supermarket chain's higher end brand, Black Bear, also has excellent hot dogs in casing, but I have not seen the go under $3 a pound in a couple of years, and they are usually $4 a pound).
For years, I have steamed hot dogs using a bamboo steamer and a small wok; I use a dark beer (usually Guiness Stout) for cooking, so that's what I use for hot dogs. I've recently obtained a rice cooker, and find that it makes a pretty decent steamer, although I haven't had an opportunity to try it on hot dogs, yet.