My Sriracha Black Pepper Pretzel Nuggets are a crunchy snack, both spicy and salty, that will wow you with a sneaky hint of smoke!
There is nothing fragile and flimsy about what I am about to share with you, so prepare yourself. Forget everything you know about chips and pretzels and leave the pre-made seasoning packets off your grocery shopping lists because you won’t need them. Four pantry staples are all you need to make a spicy, savory, and smoky sauce that makes these Sriracha Black Pepper Pretzel Nuggets out of this world!
Pretzels are on a very short list of perfect snack foods. Chips, pretzels, crackers, popcorn, pickles, and nuts, yes I said pickles, are all perfect in their natural, plain state. Any of these would be devoured by me with reckless abandon because, like a famous commercial once said, I can’t just stop at one. Plain is good but when you start experimenting with additional flavors and spices, any of these ordinary foods transform into truly addicting snacks.
It is hard to improve on the original but I have had success with a few in the past, like my Comeback Crackers and Lemon Thyme Almonds. The trick is to not overpower the original flavor of the snack food with crazy spices and seasonings, you just want to enhance it.
Not practicing what I preach, I threw that rule right out the window with these Sriracha Black Pepper Pretzel Nuggets. I mean the title has the words Sriracha and Black Pepper in it for foodness sake. Both of these ingredients have CRAZY STRONG flavors and that’s why I chose a pretzel with a little meat on its bones. This recipe is not the place for waif-like pretzels. Much like my Tangy French Onion Pretzels, the heartiness of the flavors needs something substantial to balance it out which is why I chose the nugget shape instead of thin sticks or twists.
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Sriracha Black Pepper Pretzel Nugget preparation!
It doesn’t take a lot of effort to get these pretzels made so don’t worry that they might be complicated. All of the ingredients are typically found in everyone’s kitchen. I always have Sriracha, Worcestershire (I finally learned to spell it without the extra “H”), and Black Pepper on hand. Usually, a few bottles of each because I have a phobia of running out so I tend to buy some every time I got to the store only to return home and see I have extra bottles hidden in my pantry. But, you can never have too much of them so no worries. If you are a hoarder like me then this recipe is a great way to use up some of your supply before they submit your house to one of those TV shows.
This recipe only has a few steps so let’s get started. Mix up the marinade, or seasoning sauce, and pour over your pretzel nuggets. Toss to coat the pretzels but make sure if you use your hands to mix them you wear gloves because the heat in the sauce can linger on your hands for hours.
I like to save money and get the “bo-bo” or generic store brand of pretzels because the seasoning sauce is strong enough to mask any flavor nuances the name brands might have. And I can usually get 3 bags for 5$! When they go on sale like this I tend to get a couple bags and vary the shapes that I buy, that way I always have pretzels on hand that I can enjoy plain or “dress up” like these.
Once you get the seasoning sauce on the pretzels, just toss them on the sheet pan and let them get all crispy in the oven! The water portion in the sauce of Sriracha, olive oil, Worcestershire, and pepper will slowly evaporate leaving just the spices and essential flavors of said ingredients. My favorite flavor is the slightly smoky taste that the Worcestershire leaves because it reminds me of a classic steakhouse!
Be it for tailgating, snacking at home, or as a hostess gift for an upcoming party, these Sriracha Black Pepper Pretzel Nuggets will be a hit! Just make sure you have plenty to drink to wash them down with!
What is your favorite shape of pretzels and do you have a favorite seasoning that you like to put on them?
My Sriracha Black Pepper Pretzel Nuggets are a crunchy snack, both spicy and salty, that will wow you with a hint of smoke!
12 ounces Pretzel Nuggets
1/2 cup Olive Oil
2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
1 tablespoon Sriracha
1 tablespoon Black Pepper (coarse ground)
Mix the Black Pepper Sauce
In a small bowl mix the Worcestershire sauce, Sriracha, and black pepper with the olive oil.
Whisk to combine.
Bake the Pretzel Nuggets
Preheat oven to 200F
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
In a medium bowl pour the pretzel nuggets.
Pour the Sriracha Olive oil mixture over the pretzel nuggets.
Toss, stir, or combine with your hands to coat all the pretzel nuggets.*
Pour the coated pretzel nuggets onto the lined baking sheet.
Be sure to get all the coating mixture out of the bowl with a spatula. You don’t want to leave any behind!
Spread pretzel nuggets into a single layer.
Bake at 200F for 50 minutes, stirring and respreading every 15 minutes or twice during the cooking time to prevent burning.
When finished cooking, remove the pretzels from the oven.
Let cool and serve immediately or store in an airtight container for up to a week!
*If you are going to toss with your hands I would recommend wearing gloves as Sriracha on your hands and eventually in your mouth, eye, or somewhere else is going to hurt later!
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Keywords: Sriracha, Black Pepper, Pretzels, Snacks, Party Foods
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