Approximately a half an hour later I had to make pretzels. Derek revealed that he already wanted to make pretzels and this was all part of an underhanded manipulation of my taste buds. He did not take out the internet (which was out throughout Carrboro and Chapel Hill), but everything else was planned. Somehow I did not mind.
I am not going to retype Alton Brown's recipe because you can get it here. The recipe is perfect. They were incredibly easy and about three hours later we poured ourselves beers and sat on the back porch with some spicy mustard for dipping our warm fresh pretzels.
In case you are curious the beer pictured is De Koninck a Belgian amber ale and my current favorite beer.
Now I know I do not need to go to Bavaria for my pretzel fix. Cheers to an excellent Sunday afternoon!
Teaser: We ordered a meat grinder, homemade sausage here we come!