Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Warm the water to about 115 degrees (no hotter--don't want to kill the yeast). Add sugar and yeast to water, and let the yeast liven up and start foaming (takes about 5 minutes). Add flour, lard, and salt and mix thoroughly until a dough is formed. Knead the dough for approximately 15 minutes. Place dough in oiled bowl, cover, and let the dough rise until doubled (about an hour).
Once the dough is ready, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to the boiling water.
Divide dough into 8 equal portions. Roll each ball of dough into a long rope. Way longer and skinnier than you think you need it to be. At least 18" long, longer if you can manage it. Twist the dough rope into that iconic pretzel shape (or any other shape you want).
Boil only one or two pretzels at a time in the pot; you don't want to overcrowd. Boil for 30 seconds on each side, then carefully remove the pretzel with a slotted spatula, and set it on a clean tea towel while the rest of the pretzels bake.
Place boiled (and slightly dried!) pretzels on parchment-lined baking sheets. Brush with an egg wash (egg beaten with a couple T water) and sprinkle with salt. Use pretzel salt if you have it. Bake until a dark golden brown for 12 minutes.
Cheese & Beer Sauce:
Make a roux by melting butter in a saucepan then slowly adding flour, cook for a minute. Whisk in milk and continue stirring for several minutes until mixture thickens. Add beer and bring back up to a simmer, stirring constantly.
Stir in the pepper, nutmeg & mustard. Add the cheese one cup at a time, stirring until the cheese is melted completely before adding next cup.
Serve hot with pretzel bites!
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (303g)|
|Recipe Makes: 24 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 1738 (96%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 193.1g||257 %|
|Saturated Fat 121.6g||608 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 50.6g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 7.5g|
|Cholesterol 511.5mg||157 %|
|Sodium 1419.4mg||49 %|
|Potassium 120.6mg||3 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 19.5g||6 %|
|Dietary Fiber 0.7g||3 %|
|Sugars, other 18.8g|
|Protein 9.1g||13 %|
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Calories per serving: 1818
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