I’ve partnered with Heinz and Collective Bias to create these Pretzel Hot Dog Buns.
Shake up your summer grillin’ routine with these tasty buns!
Are you a beach person or a mountain person? For me, I’ve always been a mountain guy. I suspect it has something to do with the fact that I grew up in Charleston, SC, and we went to the beach almost every weekend. But the mountains? The mountains were something different. I went to summer camp in the North Carolina mountains for several years back in middle school, and then later we took family vacations up to the North Carolina mountains, too.
I specifically remember one vacation to Highlands, NC when I was in either 8th or 9th grade. My sister and I were allowed to share our own hotel room. In hindsight, I’m sure that’s because my parents wanted to actually enjoy their vacation, too. But that’s ok. It meant that Courtney and I had a bit of freedom to roam around the town. My sister is 4 years younger than me, and I remember going out with her one afternoon to walk down the main street of town. Of course, our first stop was to the candy store. (Does that surprise anyone?)
I don’t remember the story exactly, but somehow it turned out that the owner of the candy store had received an incorrect shipment of jelly beans. And wouldn’t you know it, but two kids happened to be wandering around his store at the same time. Sure enough, those same two kids ended up walking out of the store with a free 10-pound box of root beer jellybeans. (Don’t worry…they were still sealed!) So much for my parents thinking they would have a nice, relaxing vacation. Their two kids had just acquired enough jellybeans for a small army.
Oddly enough, my favorite memory from that trip was actually not the jellybeans. Aside from the beautiful scenery (which I think I would appreciate more now that I am an adult), one of my favorite memories was going to get soft pretzels with my Dad. We walked into a little cafe, grabbed some soft pretzels and mustard, and then we sat outside on a bench with our snack. Good times!
Now that spring is here, we’ve been looking for every opportunity to pull out our grill. The other night, I decided to grill up some hot dogs for dinner. I’m not sure if it’s the weather or what, but I’ve been craving soft pretzels lately. I decided to make it a 2-for-1 and bake up some pretzel buns for those hot dogs. And oh man, I almost ate those buns straight off the pan when they came out of the oven. It took all of the self-control I could muster to wait until the hot dogs were done, too. (But I did have to cut a little wedge out of each bun to make room for the hot dog…and guess how long those little wedges lasted? Over/under was set at 2 minutes, and I think I came in under.)
I’ve always been a big fan of mustard. In fact, I think it’s probably my favorite condiment. For me, hot dogs typically only require mustard and a few diced red onions. But I’ve always hated how that first squirt of mustard is always watered down. You know what I’m talking about, right? That watery mustard just soaks into the bread and makes it soggy. Talk about a picnic fail!
On a recent trip to Walmart, I grabbed some of the new Heinz® Yellow Mustard. Not surprisingly, it was right there next to the big shelf of Heinz Ketchup! I’ve long been a fan of Heinz ketchup, so it made sense to grab Heinz Yellow Mustard as well. Heinz uses 100% natural ingredients, include stone-ground mustard seeds. Plus, the new top-down squeeze bottles have solved the problem of watery mustard. Score one for the perfect picnic!
Pretzel Hot Dog Buns
And we all know that pretzels taste better with mustard, right? They do. It’s a proven scientific fact. By that, I mean that my wife said so, and she’s a scientist. That makes it a proven scientific fact.
Seriously, though, these Pretzel Hot Dog Buns were awesome. We were talking about having some friends over this weekend, and I may very well make up another batch of these buns. I’m already looking forward to round 2 of these hot dogs…that is if we can keep from eating the buns straight out of the oven!
Oh, and I should point out that these buns are really not that difficult to make. Yes, they do require yeast. But they don’t require a long resting period like most homemade breads. If you think making Pretzel Hot Dog Buns sounds like a lot of work, then think again!
Did you make a batch of these Pretzel Hot Dog Buns at home? Leave a comment. Or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog)!
Pretzel Hot Dog Buns
For the Dough
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1¼ tsp salt
- 2/3 Tbsp brown sugar
- 2¾ tsp active dry yeast Note: this is slightly more than a standard ¼-oz. package
- 1 cup warm water
For the Soaker
- 1 cup boiling water
- 2 Tbsp baking soda
For the Pretzels
- Coarse salt
- 2 Tbsp butter melted
- Using a countertop mixer with the dough hook attached, combine all of the dough ingredients (flour, salt, brown sugar, yeast, and warm water). Mix on medium speed for 6 minutes.
- Transfer dough to an oiled bowl. Cover and place in a warm (85°F) location for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, prepare the soaker by combining the boiling water with the baking soda. Mix until baking soda is fully dissolved, and set aside to cool.
- Once dough has risen, divide into 10 equally-sized pieces. (If you have a kitchen scale, each piece should be about 2½ oz.) Allow dough to rest uncovered for 5 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 450°F.
- Shape each piece of dough into a 7”x4” rectangle. Working with a longer side, roll the dough up tightly. Pinch the edges closed as you roll and then pinch the longer seam tightly to seal.
- Place each bun in the Soaker mixture for 2 minutes (spoon water over the top of bun if it is not fully covered by the water).
- Grease a large baking sheet or spray with baking spray. Place buns on the baking sheet and sprinkle lightly with coarse salt. Using a sharp knife, cut 3 shallow, diagonal slits into the top of each bun. Allow buns to rest for 10 minutes uncovered.
- Bake at 450°F for 8-10 minutes, or until pretzels are golden brown in color. Remove pretzels from oven and brush with melted butter.
- Once cool, slice a small wedge out of the top of each bun. Add grilled hotdogs and favorite hotdog toppings.
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