The soft pretzel is wonderful thing. Warm, soft, and chewy. The pretzel comes in many forms. Soft and bread-like, hard and crunchy, even covered in chocolate and other items to make it more pastry-like. It’s hard to pinpoint the origin of the pretzel. The most obvious people would be the Germans. They are often associated with the delicious soft pretzel and mustard paired with it. What would Oktoberfest be without beer, brats, and soft pretzels? Not as much fun, I assure you. Even the word for pretzel in German is ‘Bretzel’. C’mon, that can’t even be a coincidence. However, there are stories that push back a bit further to about 610 AD, in Italy. A monk in Italy may have invented the pretzels as a treat for his young students as reward for memorizing their prayers. ‘Pretiola’, or “little rewards” is what they were called and they were twisted into the shape, similar to modern pretzels, to represent folded arms. Although this is a cute story there is no corroborating evidence to support this story. There are others that have been deemed the birthplace of the pretzel, Greece, France, so on and so forth. Nothing definitive. My best guess goes to Germany on this one, but it doesn’t matter, I love a good soft pretzel. At Brickstone we pride ourselves on our pretzel slider buns. When we started out we sought out a local bakery that we chefs had dealt with before and knew they have excellent breads. This wasn’t a product they normally carried but they obliged us and worked out a recipe. These were some excellent slider buns. After awhile I decided to try my hand at making some pretzel buns. Granted, I am not a baker by any stretch of the imagination but I can work my way around some flour, water and yeast. This took a bit to work a recipe we were happy with and Brickstone has been producing hand-made fresh, in-house pretzel slider buns ever since. Barbecued beef, chicken, pork, and turkey are some of the delicious options we have to compliment these soft slider buns. I believe there is very little on this planet that tops our pulled pork, signature BBQ sauce, and apple slaw on one of these tasty little guys. I suppose I’m biased, but you should try for yourself. Thank you for spending a few minutes with me and we hope to see you in the dining room very soon!