Homemade Pretzel Dogs! A MANtastic recipe for all your sports watching needs! A from-scratch dough is wrapped around high-quality hot dogs making these a much better choice than store bought varieties! Plus they're out of this world delicious and freezer friendly!

Sometimes we eat hot dogs.

{Gasp}

We eat them because my husband loves them. And I love my husband.

These Homemade Pretzel Dogs combine two of Ritch’s favorite foods, my Homemade Pretzel Bread and hot dogs. I figured with the Super Bowl coming up, it is only appropriate to post a MANtastic recipe. Let’s show our husbands that we still care about their 4-year-old boy taste preferences after all these years….and make the big game super memorable for them by serving an extra special dish!

Homemade Pretzel Dogs! A MANtastic recipe for all your sports watching needs! A from-scratch dough is wrapped around high-quality hot dogs making these a much better choice than store bought varieties! Plus they're out of this world delicious and freezer friendly!

It’s true. My husband most definitely does NOT have a refined pallet. The good: I can make him anything {except Brussels sprouts and beans} and he will rave about it. The bad: since he likes everything he’s not a very critical or helpful taste tester! However, to Ritch, these Homemade Pretzel Dogs are a step above the rest. When he comes home and these babies have just come out of the oven he is always excited. Served with some tater tots {yep, we eat those sometimes too} and I have a seriously happy man on my hands!

Parenthetically, I love serving my husband. With all the craziness in today’s society I want to tell you that it is wonderful to feel fulfilled by taking care of your family. I mean, Ritch makes it easy. He is the best husband and daddy a woman could ever hope for and I know that he would joyfully sacrifice himself for any one of us without a moment’s hesitation. Because of him I am a better woman, and I love him more every single day!  I feel overwhelmingly blessed to be his partner in life, even if it means making hot dogs for dinner sometimes…. 😉

Homemade Pretzel Dogs! A MANtastic recipe for all your sports watching needs! A from-scratch dough is wrapped around high-quality hot dogs making these a much better choice than store bought varieties! Plus they're out of this world delicious and freezer friendly!

Any who…back to the the recipe!

Helpful tips when making these Homemade Pretzel Dogs:

Buy high-quality hot dogs: Really that might sound strange but not all hot dogs are created equal. Choose a brand and variety with a short ingredient list and one that is made with all beef!

Weigh your dough: The best way to ensure that your Homemade Pretzel Dogs bake evenly is to wrap each one with exactly the same amount of dough. I don’t know about you, but I am terrible at eyeballing things. So, I pull out my trusty food scale to get rid of the guesswork. Weigh all the dough together and divide by 8. Then, to form your balls, add dough onto your scale until it reaches the correct amount. I find that the total weight of the dough ends up being around 800 g, and so each ball should weigh around 100g!

Grease your pan really well: These Homemade Pretzel Dogs have a tendency to stick to the pan. Greasing it thoroughly helps with this issue! I don’t recommend using parchment paper because it can stick to the bottom of your dogs! 😉

Work quickly: Try to have everything set to go before you start wrapping and boiling your Homemade Pretzel Dogs. I grease my pans, and have the salt ready and baking soda bath boiling before I start wrapping. After the hot dog is wrapped, immediately drop it into the bath and boil for 60 seconds on each side.  Transfer it to the greased baking dish and get ready to bake. I usually bake these on two different baking pans so I can put the first four in the oven while I’m wrapping/boiling the last four. This ensures that they don’t rise too much during the waiting time.

Homemade Pretzel Dogs! A MANtastic recipe for all your sports watching needs! A from-scratch dough is wrapped around high-quality hot dogs making these a much better choice than store bought varieties! Plus they're out of this world delicious and freezer friendly!

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Homemade Pretzel Dogs

Ingredients

Pretzel Dogs:

  • 2 ¼ tsp yeast
  • 1 cup water 105-110 degrees F
  • 2 TBS whole milk*
  • 3 TBS brown sugar
  • 4 TBS butter melted
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 8 bun-length hot dogs
  • 1-2 TBS Coarse Sea Salt
  • 2 TBS butter melted

Baking soda Bath:

Instructions

  1. Combine yeast, water, and brown sugar in the bowl of your standing mixer fitted with the dough hook. Let stand for 5 minutes (until foamy).
  2. While yeast is proofing…melt butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Mix in milk and set aside.
  3. Once yeast is proofed, add milk/butter to yeast mixture and mix on low speed with dough hook until just combined.
  4. Add salt and flour and mix with dough hook until flour is fully incorporated.
  5. Knead in your mixer on high speed until the dough forms a slightly tacky, but firm ball, you may need to add a little more flour 1 TBS at a time, but be careful, you want your dough a little tacky but not too sticky to handle.
  6. Oil a large bowl, place the dough ball in the bowl, and cover with a damp towel in a warm place to let rise for one hour or until doubled in size.
  7. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and bring the 4 quarts of water to a boil. When the water is boiling, slowly add the baking soda (Be careful or you will have a baking soda/water explosion)!
  8. Remove the dough from the bowl and gently press out the air bubbles.
  9. Make 8 balls of dough the same size (NOTE: The total weight of the dough comes out to be about 800 g, so each ball should weigh about 100 g).
  10. Take one dough ball and roll it into a thin rope, 8-10” long. Wrap it around one hot dog making sure the ends are secure. Repeat this with all 8 hot dogs.
  11. Gently place two dough-wrapped hot dogs into the boiling baking soda water. Boil for 60-90 seconds on each side, turning it once to guarantee both sides covered. Drain the excess water and place them on an oiled baking sheet.
  12. Immediately sprinkle coarse sea salt over the dough to your specific tastes. Repeat with the other 6 hot dogs. (Do not let it rise at all here! Straight from boiling into the oven).
  13. Cook the Pretzel Dogs for 22-25 minutes, rotating the baking sheet once. Pretzel dogs are done when they are deep brown!
  14. Once removed from the oven, immediately brush the melted butter over the Pretzel Dogs to guarantee a soft crust.
  15. Serve with your favorite condiments and enjoy!

Homemade Pretzel Dogs! A MANtastic recipe for all your sports watching needs! A from-scratch dough is wrapped around high-quality hot dogs making these a much better choice than store bought varieties! Plus they're out of this world delicious and freezer friendly!

I’m glad I get to share this Homemade Pretzel Dogs recipe with you because sometimes you just need to make food FUN! I won’t buy highly processed, pre-made, frozen dough-wrapped dogs, because they have so many things in them that I don’t want to feed my family. So, making them at home is a great compromise. I buy the best hot dogs I can find, wrap them in a dough where every ingredient is known to me, and serve them to my family joyfully knowing I made them happy! <3

Question: What’s your favorite food to eat while watching Football? How do you feel about hot dogs? 

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Homemade Pretzel Dogs! A MANtastic recipe for all your sports watching needs! A from-scratch dough is wrapped around high-quality hot dogs making these a much better choice than store bought varieties! Plus they're out of this world delicious and freezer friendly!