Originally Posted by gerria
Aunt Bea, I don't know if we will have access to grills and transporting them will take way too much room. How many dog will fit in the Nesco? Do they go in standing up like I've seen some do with slow cookers? Is there a problem with the ones in the middle steaming to temperature. Food safety is of course top priority.
The good news is that hot dogs are fully cooked so you should not have a problem unless you hold them at an improper temperature for an extended period of time. It might be a good idea to take an instant read thermometer with you so you can check a couple of hot dogs just to be safe.
The NESCO has a temperature dial so you can set the desired temperature. The link I provided says that an 18 quart NESCO will hold 10 packages of hot dogs. You could lay them in the roaster or stand them up. My concern about cooking a large number is that they may begin to split if they get overcooked, it won't hurt them they just don't look as nice.
If you don't have a NESCO you could use a large roaster, clam steamer of waterbath canner on top of the stove. Add a rack to the bottom of the pan, a couple cups of water and steam away.
Another possibility, if you have enough electrical outlets is to use electric pancake griddles to "fry" the hot dogs. You could also use two cast iron pancake griddles on top of a four burner stove and keep them warm in the oven or in crockpots.