Spicy Beef & Cheese Stuffed Pretzels with Honey Mustard Sauce


The fair has been all over NC this past month, and it has me inspired to make homemade Spicy Beef & Cheese Stuffed Pretzels with Honey Mustard Sauce in memory of all those nostalgic childhood memories!

When to serve stuffed pretzels?

These delicious pretzels are perfect for:

  • Tailgates / Sports Gatherings
  • Holliday Appetizers
  • Weekend Dinners
  • Prep Aheads for Weekday Lunches
  • Kids' Playdates

How to make homemade stuffed pretzels:

  1. Make the pretzel dough (instant yeast, flour, olive oil, salt).

  1. Knead for 8-10 minutes, until dough is smooth and pliable.

  1. Let the dough rise at room temperature for 1-2 hours, or until doubled in size. (During the winter months, I usually place my dough in the oven with the light on to a quicker rise.)

  1. In the meantime, making the filling (lean ground beef, gouda, pepper sauce, fresh thyme).

  1. Simply cook the ground beef and thyme leaves until fully cooked through, then stir in the cheesy and pepper sauce, adjusting to taste.

  1. Divide the dough into 8 equally-sized pieces, then roll out each to be a 16-18" rope. Roll out each rope to stuff with the ground beef mixture. Wet the edges and pinch together to seal.

  1. Shape the pretzel together by creating a U-shape, then twist and cross to pinch at the bottom of the pretzel.

  1. Bring a large pot of water and baking soda to a boil, then add the pretzels in small batches to cook for 1 minute.

  1. Transfer to a prepared baking pan, brush with an olive oil or egg wash, then sprinkle with coarse salt.
  2. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.

What is Melinda's Foods?

I don't say this delicately when I say that Melinda's Foods has the most flavorful hot sauces and condiment sauces I've yet to taste. There sauces are made with whole, fresh ingredients and the best peppers on this planet to strike that perfect balance between heat and flavor.

What is special about Melinda's Hot Sauces?

As you all know, I only like to share about brands that I truly think are amazing. And Melinda's Foods is one of them. My family has been buying Melinda's hot sauces for YEARS. Funny enough, I think my brother might go through a bottle every 1-2 weeks 😂 Yes, he inherited the appetite for spice!

But what I love most is that their hot sauces are not loaded with sodium, they are made with fresh ingredients that you can recognize, and they have a variety of sauces from mild to hot heat that will add the best flavor to just about any dish!

Which of Melinda's Pepper Sauces do you recommend?

All of their sauces and condiments are; however, for this recipe, I recommend their Fire Roasted Garlic & Habanero Pepper Sauce for the filling and their Habanero Honey Mustard Sauce for a creamy dipping.

And the recipe can be altered to either be super spicy (my family's preference) or just enough kick to keep you coming back for more!

Where to buy Melinda's Hot Sauces & Condiment Sauces?

I typically shop at my local Whole Foods Market, but you can click here to find a location nearest to you! You can also shop online at www.melindas.com :)

Oh! I do know they are in a wide variety of retail locations nationwide like Walmart, Harris Teeter, Whole Foods Market, & Publix.

Now, it’s time to grab our aprons and begin baking deliciousness! ’till next time! xxL

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Spicy Beef & Cheese Stuffed Pretzels with Honey Mustard Sauce



Pretzel Dough:

  • 4 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 2 1/4 tsp. Instant Yeast
  • 1 tbsp. Brown Sugar
  • 5 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 2/3 cup Baking Soda, for boiling
  • + Coarse Salt

Spicy Beef & Cheese Filling:

  • 1 lb. Lean Ground Beef or Ground Bison
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Gouda or White Cheddar
  • 1-2 tbsp. Melinda's Fire Roasted Garlic & Habanero Pepper Sauce
  • 2 sprigs of Fresh Thyme
  • 2 tsp. Olive Oil
  • + Melinda's Habanero Honey Mustard Pepper Sauce, for serving


Pretzel Dough:

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the instant yeast and brown sugar with 1 1/2 cups warm water. Set aside at room temperature for 5-10 minutes to let the yeast activate.
  2. In the meantime, mix the flour and salt together in the bowl of a stand mixer.
  3. Using the knead attachment, pour the activated yeast mixture into the flour mix. Add the olive oil, then knead for 8-10 minutes, or until smooth and pliable.
  4. Transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl, cover with a damp tea towel or Saran Wrap, then set aside in a warm environment to rise until doubled, about 1-2 hours.

Spicy Beef & Cheese Filling:

  1. In the meantime, make the filling by heating up the olive oil in a pan over medium high heat. Add the beef and thyme leaves to cook fully through, then stir in the shredded cheese and pepper sauce. Add more or less pepper sauce to taste. Let cool.

To Assemble:

  1. Preheat oven to 425F. Line a large baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Bring a large pot of water with 2/3 cup baking soda to a boil.
  3. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface. Divide into 8 equally-sized portions. Roll out each portion into a 16-18" rope, then roll out thin-enough to place 1/8th beef mixture (about 1/3 cup) into the very center. Lightly wet the edges to press and seal together.
  4. Create a U-shape with the stuffed pretzel dough, then twist and cross ends to pinch at the bottom of the pretzel.
  5. Carefully boil each pretzel for 1 minute (if you can, try to flip halfway through). Place on the prepared baking pan.
  6. Brush with an olive oil or egg wash. Garnish with coarse salt.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.
  8. Let cool for 10 minutes.
  9. Serve warm with the honey mustard pepper sauce!

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