Bring 3 cups of water to boiling in a large saucepan. Add hot dogs and bring
back to boiling. Remove from heat; cover 20 minutes. Pour enough oil to a
2-inch depth in a skillet and heat to 350 degrees. Combine flour, cornmeal,
baking powder, salt, and sugar in a medium-size bowl and blend with fork.
Add shortening and cut in with fork until the size of small peas. Combine
milk and egg in a 1 cup measure. Stir into flour- cornmeal mixture. Pour
mixture into a tall glass. Remove hot dogs from water and dry with paper
towels. Insert skewer into the hot dog, and be sure to leave about 1 inch
for handle. Dip hot dog into batter; let excess batter drip into glass. Drop
into hot fat fry 2 minutes, or until golden brown.