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Sweet and Saucy Pickles

Sweet and Saucy Pickles

Crisp and sweet with a delightful note of garlic plus a saucy kick of heat in every bite!

This is a classic remake on store-bought dill pickles. There are numerous versions of these pickles but this one is exceptional. When Emily was a baby I received this recipe along with a jar of the pickles from a sweet neighbor. I have long made holiday food gifts and for years these pickles were on the list of goodies. They are really simple to make and the transformation with a small list of added ingredients is quite wonderful.

Start with whole dill pickles, not pre-sliced. Then you can cut the pickles into thick slices.

Use a whole bulb of garlic – not clove – bulb! You can also use the equivalent pre-chopped if you shortcut, about 4 tablespoons. Toss in the whole bottle of Tabasco – more if you want extra heat – followed by 5 pounds of sugar.

That’s it. As the sugar dissolves the pickles will darken in color and turn extra crunchy.

These pickles make a perfect gift or a delicious addition to your holiday relish tray. The Christmas pickle is said to bring extra fortune for the New Year to the lucky one that finds it. Make a batch and spread luck and fortune to your friends and family!

Sweet and Saucy Pickles

1 gallon dill pickles cut into thick slices, about ¼” thick

2 cups of pickle juice

1 whole bulb garlic, finely chopped, about 4 tablespoons

1 small bottle Tabasco, 2 fluid ounces

5 pounds of granulated sugar, 10 cups

Place the sliced pickles in a large container or mixing bowl. Add the full bottle of Tabasco and the chopped garlic.

Pour in the sugar and the reserved pickle juice.

Stir to mix well. Let the pickles sit at room temperature, stirring occasionally until all the sugar has dissolved, about 4 to 6 hours.

Using a slotted spoon place the pickle slices into clean, sterilized jars, reserving the liquid. Wide mouth jars are easiest to fill.

Pour in enough of the reserved liquid to fill the jars leaving about ¼” room at the top.

Keep the pickles refrigerated or process the jars in a water bath following the jar manufacturer’s directions. Ball makes wonderful canning jars and has great step-by-step guidelines to canning safely on their website. Serve well chilled.

Makes enough to fill  7 pint size jars.

Sweet and Saucy Pickles, courtesy of Preserving Good Stock

December 10, 2018
: Makes enough to fill 7 pint size jars.

Crisp and sweet with a delightful note of garlic plus a saucy kick of heat in every bite!

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Ingredients
  • 1 gallon dill pickles cut into thick slices, about ¼” thick,
  • 2 cups of pickle juice
  • 1 whole bulb garlic, finely chopped, about 4 tablespoons
  • 1 small bottle Tabasco, 2 fluid ounces
  • 5 pounds of granulated sugar, 10 cups
Directions
  • Step 1 Place the sliced pickles in a large container or mixing bowl. Add the full bottle of Tabasco and the chopped garlic.
  • Step 2 Pour in the sugar and the reserved pickle juice.
  • Step 3 Stir to mix well. Let the pickles sit at room temperature, stirring occasionally until all the sugar has dissolved, about 4 to 6 hours.
  • Step 4 Using a slotted spoon place the pickle slices into clean, sterilized jars. Reserve the liquid. Wide mouth jars are easiest to fill.
  • Step 5 Pour in enough  of the reserved liquid to fill the jars leaving about ¼” room at the top.
  • Step 6 Keep the pickles refrigerated or process the jars in a water bath following the jar manufacturer’s directions. Ball makes wonderful canning jars and has great step-by-step guidelines to canning safely on their website.
  • Step 7 Serve well chilled.


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