Bacon Pretzel Fury

Total Time

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


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


  • 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


  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.