We’re proud to present our mouthwatering recipe for homemade spicy dill pickles! These crisp and tangy delights are the perfect balance of heat and flavor, adding a zesty kick to any dish or snack time. So roll up your sleeves, grab your apron, and let’s dive into the world of homemade pickling perfection!
- 4 cups pickling cucumbers, washed and sliced into halves or spears
- 2 cups distilled white vinegar
- 2 cups water
- 3 tablespoons pickling salt or 4 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
- 4 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
- 6-8 spicy peppers (serrano, thai – preferably fresh, but dried chili peppers are ok too), halved and seeded
- 2 teaspoons dill seeds
- 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (adjust to your preferred level of spiciness)
- Prepare the brine: In a large saucepan, combine the vinegar, water, and pickling salt. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring until the salt is fully dissolved.
- Add the flavor boosters: In each jar, place a smashed garlic clove, 1/2 teaspoon of dill seeds, 1/4 teaspoon of black peppercorns, 1-2 peppers, and a pinch of red pepper flakes.
- Pack the cucumbers: Pack the cucumber tightly into the jars, leaving a bit of headspace at the top.
- Pour in the brine: Carefully pour the hot brine into the jars, covering the cucumbers completely. Leave about 1/2 inch of headspace.
- Seal and cool: Wipe the jar rims, place the lids on tightly, and let the jars cool at room temperature for about an hour.
- Pickle magic in action: After cooling, transfer the jars to the refrigerator and let the magic happen! Allow the flavors to meld for at least 24 hours before enjoying. The pickles will continue to develop flavor over time.
- Time to savor: Once the pickles are fully chilled, it’s time to indulge in their crisp and spicy goodness. Serve them as a side to sandwiches, burgers, or enjoy them straight from the jar for a satisfying snack.
Remember, the longer you let your pickles sit in the refrigerator, the more intense the flavors will become. These homemade spicy dill pickles will bring a delightful heat to your taste buds and a satisfying crunch to your snacking adventures. These homemade spicy dill pickles are bound to become a household favorite, providing a burst of flavor that will have you saying, “Once you pickle, you can’t stop!”
Pickle on, pickle lovers, and enjoy the spicy journey!