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Hotdog Cooker

I am looking for an electric hotdog cooker. Does anyone have any information on a reliable one for a family of 4 approx. Need information as to where I may buy it and price. Thank you.

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  1. I bought one at WM about 3 years ago, it's a roller type and works really good and is easy to clean, it's red in color and has a bun warmer attachment on top. I'll look up details and get back , I think it was $20 or $25.

      1. re: mrbigshotno.1

        This looks so funny. It is fairly cheap. Does it really work?

        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

          It works great, you can adjust the heat and it will put a nice even browning on the dogs, the roller mechanism comes out and there is a removable drip tray, both clean real easy. I was amazed how well it works, skinny dogs to big fat polish and smoked brats. It puts out the same quality as a pro roller costing $500 & up.

        2. re: mrbigshotno.1

          For the same money as that hotdog cooker (less than $40), one could buy a Tramontina 12" full-clad, stainless steel skillet. I have cooked hotdogs by adding just a bit of water and getting the hotdogs hot all the way through, let the water evaporate and then they get a little blistering from the heat of the pan.

          1. re: John E.

            True, true, but there is something cool about having your own hotdog cooker. More importantly, this one looks to have a good convenient factor. Kinda like a rice cooker. Can you cook rice on stovetop using a saucepan? Sure. But an electrical rice cooker is convenient and free you up to do other things.

            I think it dpends how often and how many hot dogs are to be made.

            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

              You have to actually cook rice, and many people have a hard time with it. Hot dogs simply need to be warmed through.

              I've never had much of a problem making hot dogs for 4 or more people, and don't spend too much time on it. In fact throwing them in warm water pretty much does the trick, and as other posters have said, for less money, and without having to have a cheap looking gadget.

        3. I use these as my hotdog cookers:

          Microwave;
          Pan of boiling water;
          Propane Grill;
          Bonfire flames;
          George Foreman grill.

          As Alton Brown might ask: Why the need for the single-use clutter gadget?

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          1. re: ToothTooth

            +1. Especially for the "Why the need for the single-use clutter gadget?" Maybe less so for the George Foreman grill. ;)

            I'd also add charcoal grill to the list.

            1. re: Indirect Heat

              And beer. Cooking in beer stinks up the kitchen, but makes you feel authentic.

          2. You need to find an old Presto Hot Dogger -- check on eBay or yard sales. Cooks a half dozen wieners in under a minute by, get this, electrocution. "Give my creation...LIFE!"

            http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?...

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            1. re: MikeB3542

              Wow. My parents had one of those when I was a kid. I thought it was so cool. However, the ends get fried before the middles get hot.

            2. There's always this gem (from thereifixedit.com)

               
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              1. re: nofunlatte

                Goods ideas all of you. I have now wondered if I need to buy one especially after what Alton Brown said. I never thought of using one such as the last. Be neat for a big barbecue outside, ha. I am still reading for all ideas. Thanks so much.

              2. hot dog cooker = my grill....If it's really cold out, my nonstick saute pan

                1. Toaster oven, boiling water, microwave, grill.

                  Or just eat them cold straight from the fridge.

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                  1. re: JayL

                    Looks as if the hot dog cookers are not necessary. I will just think about the little dog one I saw that barks when they are ready but I looked and no place really to keep it so probably microwave, grill and toaster oven wins out

                    1. re: Tinker

                      Is this what you are referring to?
                      http://www.amazon.com/Maverick-HC-01-...

                      That is the cutest little unitasker ever!!!! If you order it with the Henrietta Hen Egg Cooker, it will only set you back $45 smackers. Makes me smile just to think about cooking with them.

                      Personally, since I am all about life simplification right now, I use my micrwave or grill for sausages.

                  2. http://www.amazon.com/Waring-HDG100-2...

                    I bought one of these for a hot dog lover and it does a nice job.

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                    1. re: SanityRemoved

                      Wow, that's a neat one too! compact! They're fun, regardless of all the above naysayers!