Super easy soft pretzel-wrapped hot dogs! SO much more tasty and fun than traditional buns!
1 1/2 cups warm water
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon yeast
3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup baking soda
4 tablespoons butter, melted
8 hot dogs, cut in half
salt (coarse sea salt if possible)
In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together warm water, sugar, and yeast.
Fit your mixer with a dough hook attachment. Add flour and salt to the bowl. Mix on medium-low speed until smooth. Allow to rest for 10 minutes.
Divide the dough into 16 equal sized pieces. Roll each piece into a long log (about 8 inches long). Wrap a rolled piece of dough around one hot dog half and pinch the ends together to keep it from unraveling. Repeat with remaining dough and hot dogs. Allow to rest while you prepare the next steps.
Preheat oven to 400. Grease a large baking sheet with cooking spray. Bring a large pot of water to boil. (about 6-8 cups) Add baking soda to water (careful it will bubble up!)
Use a slotted spoon to place dough-wrapped hot dogs in the boiling water (do 4 at a time). Allow to boil for 30 seconds. Remove with slotted spoon and place on a paper towel.
Once all hot dogs have boiled, place them all on the prepared baking sheet. Brush melted butter over the hot dogs. Sprinkle with sea salt to taste. Bake about 15 minutes or until dough is golden brown. Serve warm with your favorite sauces (I used ketchup and spicy brown mustard!)