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Italian Sausage Pretzel Dogs

Grilled Italian Sausage + Provolone + Pretzel buns = Gourmet Tailgating fare.

Grilled Italian Sausage + Provolone + Pretzel buns = Gourmet Tailgating fare.

Pretzel bread is all the rage these days- so much so I was able to find pretzel buns at my local Publix bakery! Beer and Pretzels are a match made in heaven (I learned this first hand as a German exchange student oh so many moons ago) so I thought, what would be better for some tailgating fare?

There’s really not much to making these- which is why these Italian Sausage dogs are perfect for a tailgate- they add a gourmet touch without being too fussy. I grilled some Italian Sausage I got from the “Pig of the Month” club I discovered on Opensky (OpenSky is like a social network for discovering cool artisanal stores- great for a foodie like myself!) I grilled the sausages, and while they were grilling I warmed the pretzel buns on the top rack of the grill.

My dog Haley, really wants a sausage dog for herself.

My dog Haley, really wants a sausage dog for herself.

I sliced the buns lengthwise and placed a slice of provolone cheese onto the bun as it was warming on the rack. When the sausage was done (you can check via an internal read thermometer- you want a minimum of 145 degrees) I placed them into the buns. I served with some spicy dijon mustard.


  • Italian Sausage (or your sausage of choice)
  • Pretzel Buns – I found these at my local grocery store bakery
  • Sliced Provolone Cheese
  • Spicy Mustard

Do you have a fun spin on hotdogs? I’d love to hear your ideas!

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5 Responses to Italian Sausage Pretzel Dogs

  1. Brian Meagher October 1, 2013 at 8:45 am #

    What a great idea. I like the use of Italian sausage here.

    You could add some coarse salt to make that roll even more pretzel-y.

    We keep one of those little pretzel salt packets on hand (from a box of frozen pretzels) – gently wet the buns and sprinkle with the salt before warming.

  2. Robyn October 1, 2013 at 9:18 am #

    I love pretzels -everything about them!! Great idea about the salt! Will definitely give that a try!

  3. Greg October 1, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    What a great idea. A bratwurst could work well here too and keep with an all German theme.

  4. Chris October 2, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

    We made homemade pretzel buns for brats, it was a lot of work so I’d buy them the next time. I’ll have to keep an eye out.

  5. Jenn October 8, 2013 at 7:42 pm #

    Ooohhh.. that looks sooo good!! If I was Haley I would not have been able to stop myself from stealing that off the table while you snapped the picture!! lol

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