Pigs in a Pretzel Blanket

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, German
Keyword: Pigs in a blanket, Pretzels
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Sarah
These Pigs in a Pretzel Blanket (pretzel wrapped little Smokies) are a fun and tasty snack or appetizer perfect for game day parties or whenever the mood strikes you. As you will find out below, these little bites of deliciousness are easy to make and versatile enough to be served at many different kinds of events.


Spicy Honey Mustard

  • ¼ Cup Prepared Mustard
  • 2 ½ Teaspoons of Creamy Horseradish
  • 4 Teaspoons Honey
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste

Lye Solution

  • 2 Tablespoon Food Grade Lye
  • 6 cups of Water


  1. Prepare the basic pretzel recipe.
  2. Make the delicious dipping sauce. You are gonna want to put this on everything. Take the mustard, honey, and creamy horseradish and mix in a small bowl, add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside to allow the flavors to marry.
  3. Cut the dough into 8 equal pieces. Take one piece and roll it out into a rectangle about ¼ inch thick. Cut the rolled out dough into strips about 3 ½ inches long and ½ inch wide.
  4. Take one strip and one smokie. Angle the smokie at the bottom of the strip of dough and roll all the way up around the smokie. Pinch the bottom to seal the dough. Repeat until all smokies have been wrapped and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Lye or Baking Soda Solution

  1. Gather safety goggles, disposable rubber gloves, stainless steel pot, long stainless steel stirring spoon. Put on safety goggles and rubber gloves.
  2. Take the stainless steel pot and fill it with 6 cups of water. Add the lye to the pot and heat on high until you see steam. Then turn the heat off and set aside for about 5 minutes until you no longer see the steam. Make sure that the area you work in is well ventilated. Do not inhale the steam.
  3. If you opt to use baking soda instead of lye, follow these instructions:

    When using the baking soda bath you will need to bake ¼ cup of baking soda at 250 degrees for 1 hour. Then you will need a stainless pot with 8 cups of water. Add the baked baking soda to the pot of water and cook on high until you it simmers. Use a stainless steel spoon to mix the solution to make sure the baking soda dissolves. Then turn the heat to medium to maintain a simmer. You are ready to dip your pretzels for 30 seconds then cook.

  4. Dip the wrapped smokies in the lye or baking soda solution for 30 seconds then place them back on the baking sheet (if you use lye, do not touch at this stage). After you dip all of dough wrapped smokies, score them with a sharp knife and top with pretzel salt.

  5. After all of the dough has been dipped in the lye or baking soda solution be sure to clean the pot, any utensils and work area. You can pour either solution down the drain. Clean the pot, utensils and work area with soap and warm water.


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Bake for 5-8 minutes at 425 degrees . The cooking time can vary based on how close you have your oven rack to the heating element. Start looking at them after 5 minutes. No one wants burnt pigs in a blanket. LOL

  3. Let them cool for about 5 minutes and enjoy!

Recipe Notes