I promise this isn’t turning into a hamburger and hot dog blog.

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Err, at least I think.

In the last seven days all I’ve given you is trashed up cheeseburgers, popsicles and now hot dogs, but I swear it’s not my plan to hold my own white trash cookout. If I do though (obviously the best kind) you are all invited. Bring your solo cups.

But while we’re on the subject of that I’m also kinda ready to head over to an Auntie Ann’s kiosk and get one of their buttery pretzel dogs dunked in mustard. Ah so good. You can come there with me too.

Jalapeño Pretzel Dogs with Cheddar Beer Sauce I howsweeteats.com

Doesssss this make you uncomfortable? You can say yes.

Last week I was torn on what to share with you before memorial day and the burgers won out. But I didn’t want to wait one more minute to tell you about these little dough-hugged beauties that are a touch spicy and perfect for dipping.

So. I added some crushed dried jalapeño to the pretzel dough which made it seriously outrageous. The perfect amount of heat. You can add some freshly grated cheese too but I, of course, went the beer cheese dipping route. Life is nothing without dip.

Jalapeño Pretzel Dogs with Cheddar Beer Sauce I howsweeteats.com

I mean, it’s essentially beer cheese fondue. I can’t decide so I must have a trio of dipping sauces at all times including mustard, ketchup and cheese sauce, however if I really want to get into it I will do two or three different kinds of mustard too.


It’s like my adoration for pickles and balsamic vinegar. What is it with the briney things? I know you get it. I know there are fellow pickle/mustard/vinegar freaks out there.

p.s. have you had the bone suckin mustard because it is LIFE itself. So good.

Oh wait. Let’s talk about the hot dogs. Fork in the Road sent me some of their honest dogs which apparently can be found on the west coat in whole foods, but no where near me yet – boohoo. I was slightly giddy because I think you know I’m all about that hot dog life and more often than not find myself looking for the best version around to grill the daylights out of.

Um, hello best version. These dogs are insane. I don’t know if I can eat another kind of hot dog ever again.

Jalapeño Pretzel Dogs with Cheddar Beer Sauce I howsweeteats.com

I’ve eaten my fair share of pretzel dogs, but after making them at home I think it’s safe to say that I’m totally screwed. It may be impossible for me to eat a hot dog on a bun – even a GRILLED bun – from now on. And if so, I may feel completely cheated.

I think the answer is just make pretzel dogs every week until summer’s over.

Problem solved.

Jalapeño Pretzel Dogs with Cheddar Beer Sauce I howsweeteats.com



Jalapeño Pretzel Dogs with Cheddar Beer Sauce

Yield: makes 10 hot dogs

Total Time: 2 hours


1 1/2 cups warm water
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons crushed dried jalapeño pepper
1 teaspoon salt
10 hot dogs
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup baking soda
1 large egg, lightly beaten
coarse salt for sprinkling

cheddar beer sauce
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon flour
8 ounces light beer
12 ounces white cheddar cheese, freshly grated
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
salt & pepper to taste


In a large bowl, combine water, yeast, honey and olive oil. Mix with a spoon, then let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes. Add the mixture to the bowl of your electric mixer and add in the flour, jalapeño, salt and melted butter. Knead on low speed for 4 to 5 minutes, until the dough comes together and is pulling away from the bowl. It will still be slightly sticky. Place the dough in a well-oiled bowl and cover. Set in a warm place to rise for about an hour or until it's doubled in size.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Punch down the dough and turn it over on a floured surface, kneading a few times with your hands. Cut/break apart the dough into 10 equal parts and roll them into strips that are about 12 to 16 inches in length. Wrap each strip of dough around the hot dog, starting a the bottom. Pinch together the tops and bottoms so the dough stays together.

Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil and add baking soda. Drop in each hot dog (1 or 2 at a time) and boil for 30 to 45 seconds. Place the dough covered dogs on a nonstick baking sheet or a sheet covered with parchment paper. Brush the tops of each with the beaten egg and sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the dough is deep golden in color. Serve with the beer dip and whatever condiments you like!

cheddar beer sauce
Heat a small saucepan over medium heat and add butter. Once it's sizzling, whisk in the flour and cook for a minute or two until it's golden and fragrant. Slowly pour in the beer while whisking constantly so the mixture slightly thickens. Cook for 5 minutes while stirring. Reduce the heat to low and slowly stir in the cheese and dijon until melted. Taste and season with salt and pepper as desired. Serve immediately.

[pretzel wraps slightly adapted from these rolls]

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spicy little love nuggets.

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61 Responses to “Jalapeño Pretzel Dogs with Cheddar Beer Sauce.”

  1. #
    Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onions — May 30, 2014 @ 6:52 am

    I am a huge fan of hot dogs, they are right up there with taco’s I have never put them in dough. I would totally come to your trashy BBQ.


  2. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — May 30, 2014 @ 7:20 am

    I’ve said it before, but you are definitely one of the most creative people I know when it comes to recipes! PS. balsamic vinegar freak over here too! That stuff goes on everything!


  3. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — May 30, 2014 @ 7:55 am

    I had this perfectly healthy little stir dry planned for dinner…and then my face saw this. And I decided that I didn’t want veggies…I want ALL THE CARBS! These are insane creative! Pinned!


  4. #
    Molly @ Yes to Yolks — May 30, 2014 @ 8:07 am

    OMG I am DYING over this recipe! Whoever decided pregnant women cannot consume hot dogs was evil. This is gonna be a long summer (no margaritas either!). That said, I am totally making these this fall when I’m allowed to have hot dogs again. Oh and this: “I know there are fellow pickle/mustard/vinegar freaks out there.” Um, yes. Me to a T.


  5. #
    Heather — May 30, 2014 @ 8:23 am

    OH MY GAAAWD. This. Forever.


  6. #
    Jana H. — May 30, 2014 @ 8:44 am

    Oh YUM. I haven’t tried making pretzels yet but this might be just the ticket to get me to DO IT. :-D

    P.S. Love how they look like little mummies pre-baked. haha


  7. #
    Kelly Jo — May 30, 2014 @ 8:45 am

    Holy pretzel dogs these look AMAZING! Hot dog buns are always dissapointing me with their perfect looking exteriors only to open one and it breaks in half and crumbles all over my plate and then i’m left with a bunless dog. So these are the perfect solution. And i’m with ya on the mustard, LOVE mustard.


  8. #
    samantha — May 30, 2014 @ 9:03 am

    As much as I love to go shopping, I can not leave the mall without having a pretzel dog from Aunt Annie’s. I’ve tried other pretzel place and they’re honestly just not up to par. I’m not very good at making dough. So I wish I could buy several pretzel dogs from A.A. and freeze them in between trips to the mall. If nothing else, I’ll go to the mall just for one of these bad boys!


  9. #
    Sues — May 30, 2014 @ 9:32 am

    Whoa whoa whoa.


  10. #
    Liz @ Floating Kitchen — May 30, 2014 @ 9:57 am

    I’m so ready for white trash cook-out. Cut off jeans and all.


  11. #
    Ashley — May 30, 2014 @ 10:05 am

    THE PRETZEL ROLL. OMG. I am seriously impressed by these!


  12. #
    Tara — May 30, 2014 @ 10:09 am

    You’re a goddess.


  13. #
    Adam @ CorrChilled — May 30, 2014 @ 10:35 am

    They look absolutely delicious


  14. #
    lacy — May 30, 2014 @ 10:47 am

    make me these, now. please.


  15. #
    Alison — May 30, 2014 @ 10:57 am

    Where did you get the crushed dried jalapeno? Penzey’s?


    • Jessica — May 30th, 2014 @ 10:59 am



  16. #
    ami@naivecookcooks — May 30, 2014 @ 11:13 am

    Jessica! You did it again! These look absolutely delicious and I don’t mind you posting this kind of trashy food!! Loving it!


  17. #
    Angel Reyes — May 30, 2014 @ 11:20 am

    They look beautiful! I’m pinning it because this is a must try. I’m done with all these other buns! Good job.


  18. #
    Rhea — May 30, 2014 @ 12:06 pm

    i freaking LOVE hot dogs. I mean HELLO, my blog it named after them! And this is the most ingenious idea ever!! I can’t wait to make them….and maybe I’ll share? Maybe. haha You rock!



  19. #
    Lisa @ Simple Pairings — May 30, 2014 @ 12:53 pm

    Gah. So many things I love here all wrapped up in one recipe! Jalapeños, pretzels, hot dogs, beer cheese dip… I already ate lunch and now I’m hungry again!


  20. #
    Joshua Hampton — May 30, 2014 @ 1:38 pm

    These dogs are insane. I can easily chow down two or five of these… yeah.


  21. #
    Sammi @Sammi Sunshine — May 30, 2014 @ 2:11 pm

    This looks INCREDIBLE! I have 4 brothers and a meat- eatin’ husband and this is something they would all go crazy for. Looks like there is a cookout in my future. Yum.


  22. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — May 30, 2014 @ 3:19 pm

    What a super fun idea and this would be perfect for summer bbq’s and parties! Pinned


  23. #
    Megan Panda — May 30, 2014 @ 5:04 pm

    Oh my god I ADORE pretzel dogs. And pretzel buns in general. How can I make this without a stand mixer????


  24. #
    Matt Robinson — May 30, 2014 @ 6:25 pm

    Such a fun and tasty hot dog, my sons would go crazy for these!


  25. #
    Madi — May 30, 2014 @ 10:41 pm

    mustard/vinegar/pickles are all time favorites and staples in my world. anyone who disagrees about their godliness is wrong


  26. #
    Renee @ Awesome on $20 — May 30, 2014 @ 11:10 pm

    I’m trying to think of a good reason why you wouldn’t want every day of your life to be a trashy cookout. You can bring these to my bbq any time.


  27. #
    ATasteOfMadness — May 30, 2014 @ 11:52 pm

    I don’t really like hot dogs, but as soon as you say the word pretzel? I am so there. This sounds amazing!


  28. #
    stephanie — May 31, 2014 @ 2:50 am

    um. if you’re making pretzel dogs EVERY WEEK until the end of summer, can i live with you? :D


  29. #
    Hope — May 31, 2014 @ 6:53 am

    These looook incredible. Speaking of briny and slightly trashy things, are you as obsessed with Lay’s Dill Pickle chips as I am?! So addicting.


  30. #
    Marie @ Little Kitchie — May 31, 2014 @ 8:22 am

    can’t. deal.


  31. #
    Heather — May 31, 2014 @ 9:05 am

    So, I’m just sayin – I wouldn’t be angry if this were a hamburger and hot dog blog. ;)


  32. #
    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — June 1, 2014 @ 12:35 pm

    Yes! And I wouldn’t be sad if this became a burger/hot dog/popsicle blog from here out. Nothin’ wrong with that!


  33. #
    Samina | The Cupcake Confession — June 1, 2014 @ 1:32 pm

    Goodness!!!!! Sausages wrapped in these lovely pretzels and served with a cheese sauce containing beer goodness??? I’ll have 10 please!


  34. #
    ali — June 1, 2014 @ 1:37 pm

    i’m allllll about pickles/vinegar/mustard. have you tried filipino adobo? you can use any meat; it’s basically a vinegar-soy sauce marinade for falling-off-the-bone heaven. my lola (grandma) always made chicken adobo when i was growing up, but i love pork adobo too.


  35. #
    Natalie @ Whole Plate Wellness — June 1, 2014 @ 5:08 pm

    “Spicy little love nuggets” literally made me laugh out loud… jalapeño + cheese + hot dogs = all of my favorite things in life in one recipe!! Cannot WAIT to try these!


  36. #
    Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life — June 1, 2014 @ 6:19 pm

    I can just imagine the boy’s face as I pull these out of the oven – it’s not PG-13 safe I don’t think. We have a winter long weekend coming up next weekend here in Australia, and I think these will be the perfect project and eatings to keep him very happy. Thanks Jessica.


  37. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — June 1, 2014 @ 7:50 pm

    I am not too big into hot dogs but let me know tell you…I would be hard pressed not to grab one of these.


  38. #
    Lauren @ Living the Savory Life — June 2, 2014 @ 3:27 am

    These are really lovely! I think I’ll put these on the list for the next BBQ party we have. Our friends will really love them!


  39. #
    Egle — June 2, 2014 @ 5:21 am

    It looks so amazing and tasty!


  40. #
    Prudy | butter, basil, and breadcrumbs — June 2, 2014 @ 11:01 am

    Ok, so here’s the deal. I would totally come to the white trash picnic. I’d bring the solo cup and dress the part just to have one of these hot dogs or two.

    I am so making these… I can only imagine my son’s reaction when he see’s them… I’ll be the cool mom for at least 10 minutes!

    Awesome. Awesome. Awesome. :-)


  41. #
    Ceilidh — June 2, 2014 @ 5:32 pm

    Hi Jessica :) These look spectacular! Do you think the wrapped dogs could be left in the fridge overnight and cooked the following day?


  42. #
    Larry — June 3, 2014 @ 4:45 pm



  43. #
    Mona — June 3, 2014 @ 7:25 pm

    I freaking love mustard too! Need to locate this mustard you are speaking of (bone suckin mustard). These dog look relish! Cannot wait to try them with the family. Add that cheese and well…..SOLD! Thanks!!!


  44. #
    Linda — June 4, 2014 @ 5:58 am

    My husband made these last night and they were so awesome! He’s quite a bread baker, so he had the dough rolled out in no time, it’s great to watch him in action! We didn’t have dried jalapeno, so chopped some pickled jalapeno and patted it dry. Will try dried minced onion next time…. there WILL be a next time!


  45. #
    Arbine Villanueva-Hoapili — June 4, 2014 @ 9:24 pm

    Oh. Mah. Glob. These look soooo good! Totally making them tomorrow.
    I too am a pickle/mustard/vinegar freak. :)


  46. #
    Alana — June 6, 2014 @ 1:22 pm

    This looks awesome. And you are hilarious.


  47. #
    Lyndsay — June 9, 2014 @ 11:31 am

    Do the jalapeños have to be dried? Will fresh or canned work? I wasn’t sure if the moisture would negatively affect the dough….?


  48. #
    Apple — June 11, 2014 @ 11:28 am

    Your pretzel dog made Buzzfeed! Look at number 5!

    Yaaaay Jessica!


  49. #
    Hillary — June 15, 2014 @ 1:21 pm

    Made these for Father’s Day lunch today and they were awesome! The recipe was so easy to follow and everything turned out perfectly! Thanks for a great new recipe! I will definitely be making these again!


  50. #
    Shannon — June 25, 2014 @ 4:55 pm

    These look delicious and perfect for 4th of July next week! Where do you find crushed dried jalopeno pepper?



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