Mini Pretzel Brats

February 1, 2013

In honor of the upcoming Super Bowl or Puppy Bowl if you prefer, I have made for you something that is not coated in buffalo sauce!!! Woo hoo! Are you shocked? I know, sometimes you have to run wild against the grain and hold your own.

Isn’t it Carrie Bradshaw who said something like, “Maybe some women aren’t meant to be tamed. Maybe they are supposed to run wild until they find somebody – just as wild – to run with.”

Not that I have that show memorized or own every single season and movie on DVD. Also, I am kind of proud of myself for turning a Super Bowl post into a Sex and the City quote sesh. Girl power! Sorry for that.

I mean, not that Carrie was talking about going against the buffalo sauce inundated “holiday” that is the Super Bowl, but you get my drift.

I am a sucker for a lot of things, most are carb or cheese based. I love anything pretzel; pretzel bun, soft pretzel with spicy mustard, cheese stuffed pretzel bites. All are faves of mine. I knew that I had to make these pretzel wrapped beauties for dinner and weekend lunches for Mike and I. These lasted us a week. We seriously ate one to two a day.

They were such a hit that I am making them for the Super Bowl.

Yes they are a bit of work, with the wrapping, boiling, and then baking. But if you have a free morning or afternoon, make these. I also think that these would be a huge hit with kids. I will let you know when I try to get my nieces and nephews to eat these.

So go against the grain, run wild and do not make anything buffalo. Make these instead!

Mini Pretzel Brats

Course Appetizer
Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Author Sarcastic Cooking


  • 1 ½ Cups Warm Water between 110 and 115 degrees F
  • 1 Tablespoon Granulated Sugar
  • 2 ¼ Teaspoons 1 package Active Dry Yeast
  • 4 ½ Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Teaspoons Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter melted and cooled
  • About 14 Cups of Water
  • 1 Cup Baking Soda
  • 6 Fully Cooked Brats cut in half
  • 1 Large Egg beaten, with a splash of water
  • Salt and Pepper for Topping


  1. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with a hook attachment, combine warm water and sugar. Sprinkle yeast on top of the water and let sit for five minutes, until foamy.
  2. Add flour, salt, and melted butter to the yeast. Mix on low until well combined. Switch to medium speed and knead for four minutes.
  3. Remove the sticky dough ball from the mixer bowl and add to a greased bowl, sprinkle with flour, and cover loosely with a dish towel. Place in a warm area to rise for at least an hour, until doubled in size.
  4. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  5. Combine water and baking soda in a large stock pot. Bring to a boil.
  6. Meanwhile, turn the dough out on to a slightly oiled surface. Press the dough into a 1 ½ inch thick circle. Cut into 12 even pieces, 6 if you are wrapping whole brats.
  7. Roll the dough wedge out from the center using your fingers to form a foot long snake-like shape. Wrap the dough around the brat, making sure to seal the ends tightly. Continue until all brats are wrapped.
  8. When the water is boiling, add a few pretzel brats into the water at a time. Boil each batch for thirty seconds and then remove with a large slotted spoon or folded spatula. Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet drizzled with a bit of oil to ensure the boiled pretzel brats don’t stick.
  9. Once all pretzel brats are boiled, brush with egg wash and then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  10. Bake pretzels for 15 minutes until deeply golden.
  11. Pretzel brats last four days in the refrigerator wrapped in foil. Reheat in the oven wrapped in foil at 350 degrees F for 10 – 12 minutes.

Recipe adapted from Joy the Baker

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  • Jean Becker
    May 30, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Can these mini pretzel brats be reheated in the microwave?

    • Stefanie
      May 30, 2017 at 1:22 pm

      Yes! Absolutely. I just wrap them in a damp paper towel so the pretzel part doesn’t dry out!

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  • Amber @ Slim Pickin's Kitchen
    February 6, 2013 at 9:31 am

    I know I’m way behind on posts, but I’m here now! These look so amazing! I also adore SATC, and I watch it every chance I get. A movie theater in my hometown used to have SATC nights every Sunday when the showed aired. They would play old episodes on one of the big screens and serve super fun martinis to all the ladies. Then they would show the new episode once everyone was good and boozed up! I used to go every week, and it is one of my all time favorite memories. I so don’t think these look too difficult or time consuming at all! I totally want to make them ASAP.

    • Stefanie
      February 6, 2013 at 11:13 am

      SATC night in a movie theater! That sounds sooo fun!

  • Chris
    February 3, 2013 at 10:15 am

    That looks kinda cool! I guess I also have to find out more about Puppy Bowl …

  • megan @ whatmegansmaking
    February 2, 2013 at 8:14 am

    I just posted something similar to these last week and I agree – they are good!! I am making them for the superbowl as well 🙂

  • Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
    February 1, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    I have a confession to make. I hate everything buffalo. Like, detest. I don’t understand what all the hype is about, no matter what time of year it is. Anyways, these on the other hand, look absolutely delicious. I was going to make pretzel bites for a Superbowl party that I’m going to (for the food, not the football), but I might have to change my plan!

  • Patrick
    February 1, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    great addition to any Super Bowl spread! These look great. Being from WI, I love anything with brats.

    • Stefanie
      February 1, 2013 at 12:14 pm

      I need to move to Wisconsin! Brats, cheese, beer… I am in!

  • Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out
    February 1, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    People. I got to try one of these and they were AWESOME. And I don’t even usually care much for brats, but I’d eat a million of these suckers. MAKE THEM!

    • Stefanie
      February 1, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      Thanks for the soaring endorsement! PS Your sourdough bread recipe is rising in my kitchen right now!

  • TheFoodGospelAccordingtoRuth
    February 1, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Holy cow those look amazing!!!!!

  • Julia
    February 1, 2013 at 10:38 am

    My husband (also Mike) is from Wisconsin—we do a lot of cheese (curd!), pretzel & brat eating at my house. These look awesome and I am pretty sure my husband would be happy to eat that plate of pretzel brats! I think those would be awesome dipped in a really spicy mustard!

    • Stefanie
      February 1, 2013 at 12:12 pm

      Oooo you are a couple after my own heart! You are so right, spicy mustard all the way!

  • Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine)
    February 1, 2013 at 10:38 am

    My mouth is watering. Pretzel dough is the absolute best, and these blow the Auntie Annies kind out of the water! Brats! Yummm

  • crustybakerswife
    February 1, 2013 at 9:10 am

    WANT MANY YUM WITH MUSTARD you can make a girls day!!!