I found a contender. Shopping at the Whole Foods near the BArnes' new lot in Fairmount, I spotted what turned out to be Coleman meat, on what was described as a 'garlic knockwurst', with no preservatives, no food coloring also I think. I don't think the brand was Coleman though.
Natural pork casings; this was a seriously good hot dog, with yummy tasts, crunchy skin--real heft to it that requires chewing carefully. Even my husband, who is no fan of hot dogs asked for a second.
The package was only twelve ounces, and the dogs within were smallish, not the fat fellows I think of when I hear the word knockwurst. But, the taste was right, and at either $3.99 or $4.99 per package, it brought back the pleasures of childhood. Another bonus: salt content, at 550 mg of sodium per dog was less than one usually finds in hot dogs.
Our guilty pleasure--I really did not think of health issues as I was eating it. Can anyone locate, and verify my find here, or tell of other unusually good dogs? Darn it all, my Mother was a gourmet cook, and the only thing I never got enough of were really good hot dogs. Or any hot dogs for that matter, growing up.