S'truth, they come in several degrees of "doneness" I prefer mine toward the crunchy side... ...but not quite brittle.
They rip open because the home-made weiners have an exceptionally tough AND sealed casing that splits when the internal pressure of the steaming weeny gives way explosively.
Most hot dogs are intentionally designed NOT to do that. depending on the brand, they may have a soft outer skin, be cut apart, leaving the ends slightly open, or slit down the side to prevent them posing a hazard to the cook.
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