Bacon Wrapped Pretzels

I first made this recipe four years ago for a party.   To date, it is hands down, the most requested recipe in my repertoire. My sister in law even likes to hide them as they come out of the oven.  The combination of crunchy salty pretzels and the sweet and spicy flavor from the bacon can almost undo any sense of manners or decorum.

Everyone who knows me knows I will wrap anything possible in bacon. Here are some previous  recipes in case you forgot or haven't seen them yet:

 spicy-apricot-bourbon-pork-roast and prosciutto-bacon-wrapped-sweet-potatoes

 crack on a stick, this is my normal go-to recipe for parties. My friends beg me to make these or my asparagus version, This weekend I had the party in Virginia and I know they're my sissy in laws favorite so I decided to whip a couple batches up. Only one problem, I went to three different stores and couldn't find the breadsticks. 

Instead of throwing a fit panicking, I saw a package of pretzels that were roughly the same size and I decided to just wing it. Happy accident. They were so delicious, at least the 1 I got to try. I swear people must inhale these, this can be the only logical conclusion for when I took the 2nd batch out of the oven and went to look for a plate, turned around and the cookie sheet was empty! I'm not bitter really glad everyone seemed to love them too.

At first these always bring about the same response "bacon...on a pretzel" and it always is accompanied by a look that insinuates they are under the impression that I have lost my ever-loving mind(does anyone else use this saying? tell me I'm not alone in this) then they take that first bite and are overwhelmed with love for me. That's right. Love, adoration, every other good thought you can think of. 

Pretty simple,  I will stop rambling now so you can discover how to make these for yourself.

1 bag pretzel sticks
1 package bacon(I prefer maple and it has to be thinly cut)
 2 oz bbq sauce
 1 oz spicy brown mustard
 1 oz bourbon
 2 tbsp brown sugar
 1/2 tbsp chili powder
apricot jam(optional)

 Preheat oven to 350', cut the bacon in half, wrap each piece with bacon and lay on pan(foil lines are much easier to clean and you need a cookie sheet that has a lip so the grease doesn't drip while baking) In a small, microwave-safe bowl, take bbq sauce, mustard and 1/2 tbsp apricot jam, whisk together and add the bourbon. Heat for 10-15 seconds. Brush the tops of the pretzels w/the sauce. Sprinkle with brown sugar/chili powder.  mixture. Place in oven and bake for 15-18 min(when it starts browning you know it's ready) using a fork flip them over, brush with sauce & sprinkle w/brown sugar/chili and bake another 10-15 min. 

Once you get the hang of it, you can do this really quickly. And you can really make the sauce to your taste, if you don't want to use bourbon, use whatever your preference is, just needs something to thin the sauce out a bit. But I love bourbon. Like, almost as much as bacon. Could basically be a toss-up.  You can definitely make these ahead of time and place in the fridge.  Just abstain from brushing the sauce on till right before you bake them. That part takes all of two minutes.

 I just made your day. You just don't know it yet, it's cool though cause I am here to fill you in. Now go forth and make these puppies. like yesterday. 

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