Pretzel Wrapped Lit'l Smokies
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If you don't have time to make your own pretzel dough, buy a ball of pizza dough at your local grocery store and start on step 6. The prep time for this will vary depending on if you make your own dough or not. Wrapping the smokies and cooking them will take you about 45 minutes to an hour. ...unless you have a helper rolling the dough into snakes for you.
Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 56 pieces
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 5-6 cups flour
  • 2 tsp canola oil
  • 2 packages Lit'l Smokies (I like the all Beef)
  • Course Sea Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Baking Soda
  • 1 egg
  • Water
  1. In your stand mixer with a dough hook attatched combine warm water and sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved and then sprinkle yeast on top of water. Let stand 10 minutes
  2. Add salt and 1 cup flour to yeast mixture. Stir well, add 4 more cups of flour and turn mixer on medium low for 1½ minutes.
  3. Turn mixer to low and continue mixing for one more minute. Add a little more flour at a time, up to 1 cup, if dough is sticking to the edges.
  4. Turn dough out on to a lightly floured surface and hand knead for 3-4 minutes.
  5. Use the 2 tsp of canola oil, or generously spray a large bowl and place dough in the oiled bowl, cover it and let rise until dough is doubled, about 1 hour. (I do this step in a warm oven and it only takes 20-30 minutes) To get your oven warm turn it to 200 degrees while you are making the dough, when you place it in the oven to rise turn the oven off. If you do the oven method use a greased glass bowl not a metal one.
  6. When dough has risen, preheat oven to 450 degrees and fill a large pot (I use my larges and deepest frying pan) with 2 inches of water and 2 tbsp of baking soda.Turn it on to bring it to a boil
  7. Spray two cookie sheets with cooking spray and begin wrapping the lit'l smokies with the dough. Set wrapped smokies on cookie sheet,
  8. When you have finished wrapping half of them place approx 12-14 in the boiling water for 1 minute, fish them out with a slotted spoon and put them back on the cookie sheet. Repeat until all the pretzel dogs on the sheet have been boiled.
  9. Brush them with egg wash(beat the egg with 1 tbsp water) and then sprinkle lightly with course salt.
  10. Cook them for 12-15 minutes in the 450 degree oven.
  11. While those are cooking prep the other half of the smokies so they will be ready to go in the oven when those come out.
  12. Serve with honey mustard, ketchup or your favorite dipping sauces.
Recipe by Real Life Dinner at