When ready to cook, start the Traeger according to grill instructions. Set the temperature to 350 degrees F and preheat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes.
In a stand mixer bowl, combine water, sugar, salt and sprinkle dry yeast on top. Let sit for 5 to 6 minutes until it starts to foam on top.
With the hook attachment, add flour and butter to bowl and mix on low until well combined. Then mix on medium for about 5 minutes until dough is smooth and pulls away from the side.
Remove dough from bowl and spray bowl well with vegetable oil spray. Return dough to bowl, cover with a cloth or plastic wrap and allow dough to rise, doubling in size.
While dough rises, bring to a boil 10 cups of water and the baking soda. When dough is ready, divide into four equal pieces rolling each into a rope.
Cut up each rope into 1-inch pieces weighing around 17 grams each. Drop pretzel bites into the boiling water for 30 seconds about 15 at a time. Remove each one with a slotted spoon and place on a parchment lined sheet pan.
Brush pretzels with egg wash and sprinkle with smoked sea salt. Bake in the Traeger for about 20 to 25 minutes.
While the pretzels are baking, make the cheese sauce. In a medium bowl combine cream cheese, white cheddar, gruyere, lager, onion powder, salt and pepper in a medium bowl and pour into a small cast iron pan.
Place the cast iron pan directly on the grill grate next to the pretzels and bake for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted and top is golden brown.
Serve pretzel bites hot with beer cheese sauce. Enjoy!
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