- 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle room temperature beer
- 1 tablespoon white sugar
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
- 4 1/2 cups bread flour
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1 tablespoon water
- 10 cups water
- 2/3 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup kosher salt, divided – or to taste 18 hot dogs
- Heat the beer in a saucepan over low heat until it reaches 110 degrees F (45 degrees C).
- Combine the warm beer, sugar, and 2 teaspoons kosher salt in a bowl. Sprinkle the yeast on top, and let stand for 5 minutes until the yeast softens and begins to form a creamy foam.
- Place the bread flour and butter in a bread machine. Add the yeast mixture, then select the dough cycle.
- Preheat an oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
- Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or grease with vegetable oil.
- Beat the egg yolk in a small bowl with 1 tablespoon water; set aside.
- Stir baking soda into 10 cups water in a large pot until dissolved, and bring to a boil.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly-oiled surface, and roll into a 10×20-inch rectangle.
- Cut the dough into 18 1-inch wide strips, then wrap each strip tightly around a hot dog in a spiral, pinching the edges to seal, and leaving the ends open. About half an inch of hot dog should peek out of each end of the dough wrapper.
- Drop 2 or 3 dough-wrapped hot dogs into the boiling water for 30 seconds.
- Arrange the boiled hot dogs on the prepared baking sheets. Brush each pretzel dog with the egg yolk mixture, and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup salt.
- Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes.