Bacon Pretzel Fury

Total Time

Prep: 40 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.

Makes

6 pretzels

Updated: Dec. 22, 2023
I tried a bacon pretzel fury the last time I was at Busch Gardens, and afterward I ferociously tried to re-create it at home. I don't live close to the amusement park, so this version curbs my hankerings when back in the Midwest. —Alvin Ciepluch, Kenosha, Wisconsin
Bacon Pretzel Fury Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 12 thick-sliced bacon strips
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1-1/2 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/4 cup butter, melted and divided
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 to 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup baking soda
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 6 wooden skewers

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until partially cooked but not crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add sugar, 2 tablespoons melted butter, salt and 2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
  3. Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 425°. In a Dutch oven, bring 8 cups water and baking soda to a boil. Punch dough down; divide into 6 portions. Roll each portion into a 32-in. rope. Fold each rope in half, creating an upside-down V shape. Place 1 bacon strip over the top of each "V"; braid dough around the bacon, layering in a second bacon strip halfway. Pinch ends to seal; tuck under. Add to boiling water, 1 at a time; cook 30 seconds. Remove with 2 slotted spoons; drain on paper towels.
  5. Place on greased baking sheets. Lightly beat egg yolk and cold water; brush over pretzels. Sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake until golden brown, 12-15 minutes. Brush with remaining 1/4 cup melted butter; sprinkle with additional coarse salt if desired. Remove from pans to wire racks. Insert skewers; serve warm.

Nutrition Facts

1 pretzel: 533 calories, 21g fat (9g saturated fat), 61mg cholesterol, 1699mg sodium, 68g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 17g protein.