Sweet and Spicy Pickles

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5 from 6 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Rest Time: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 5 minutes

These Sweet and Spicy Pickles are the best quick pickles to top your burgers with this summer. Brings the perfect amount of sweet and heat.

Sweet and Spicy Pickles on a fork.

If you make these hot and spicy for a BBQ, these will be a guaranteed crowd pleaser as they are a tasty twist of classic dill pickles. Throw this recipe for spicy pickles together in under 5 minutes!

To learn more about the history of pickles, check out PBS for more information.


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What We Love About This Fire and Ice Pickles Recipe

The best part about these hot and spicy pickles is that you start with premade bottled pickles but you put your own special twist on them to make these pickles your own.

  • 3 Easy Steps: These sweet and spicy pickles can be made in three easy steps that anyone can complete.
  • Easy Ingredients: This recipe for pickles uses a regular jar of dill chips to elevate them with a sweet and spicy taste.
  • Long Lasting: Hot and spicy pickles will last for up to 2 months in the fridge.
A Mason Jar full of pickles.

Ingredient Notes for Homemade Pickles

  • Dill Pickle Chips: You will need a 32 ounce jar of dill pickle chips. You could also use spheres as well.
  • Crushed Red Pepper: Crushed red pepper flakes will really help to bring the heat in this recipe for spicy pickles.
  • Pickled Jalapeños: For these hot and spicy pickles, you will need pickled jalapeños.
  • Garlic: You will need about 12 cloves of garlic sliced or minced.
  • Sugar: To add the sweetness to balance add out the spicy flavor, you will need white granulated sugar.

Equipment Needed for Best Pickles

How to Make Spicy Pickles

These are the basic steps for making Sweet and Spicy Pickles. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and nutrition information.

Making the mix for the pickles in a jar and sealing the jar.

STEP 1: DRAIN PICKLES

First pour the liquid from dill pickles chips, making sure to reserve 1/4 cup of of the juice.

STEP 2: MAKE SWEET AND SPICY PICKLES

In a medium bowl, add the drained dill pickles chips, red pepper flakes, pickled jalapeños, garlic, and the reserved pickle juice. Then stir in the sugar. You can also add mustard seeds as well.

STEP 3: REFRIDGERATE PICKLES

Cover the bowl of pickles and refrigerate for 4 hours then take out and transfer to mason jars, place on the lids and keep in the fridge. This recipe will make approximately 3 pints.

Prep and Storage Tips for Recipe for Spicy Pickles

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

This is a great recipe to make ahead of time to bring to a bbq to top off burgers. You can make these pickles up to a week prior.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

You should store these homemade spicy pickles in a glass mason jar for up to 2 months in the fridge.

Frequently Asked Questions for Homemade Spicy Pickles

ARE CUCUMBER PICKLES?

Pickles are cucumbers that have been soaked in a brine consisting of vinegar and a mixture if different herbs and spices.

HOW DO YOU MAKE SWEET AND SPICY PICKLES?

These fire and ice pickles are made using pickled jalapeños, crushed red pepper, and sugar.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

This recipe be easily be doubled or halved, just decrease or increase ingredients proportionally.

WHAT ARE THE THREE TYPES OF PICKLES?

There are many types of pickles, however the most popular include dill, bread and butter, and gherkin pickles.

a closeup on a fork with Sweet and Spicy Pickles.

Expert Tips for Making This Hot and Spicy Pickles Recipe

  • Make Night Before: Make these pickles the night best before and refrigerate overnight for the best results.
  • Hot Pickles: For spicy pickles without the added sweetness, just hold the sugar. If necessary, you can top of will extra white vinegar until the jar is fill to the top for this spicy refrigerator pickles.
  • Sugar-Free: To make sugar free sweet and spicy pickles, use a sugar alternative such as stevia.
  • Add: Add salt to taste or onions to enhance the flavor.

What to Serve with Sweet and Spicy Pickles

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Sweet and Spicy Pickles on a fork.
5 from 6 votes

Sweet and Spicy Pickles

Yield: 40 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Rest Time: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 5 minutes
These Sweet and Spicy Pickles are the best pickles to top your burgers with this summer. Brings the perfect amount of sweet and heat.
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Ingredients

  • 32 oz Dill pickle chips, not Kosher
  • 4 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup pickled jalapenos
  • 12 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 ½ cups sugar

Instructions

  • Drain pickles, making sure to reserve ¼ cup of the juice.
  • Place the drained pickles, red pepper flakes, pickled jalapenos and sliced garlic and reserved pickle juice in a bowl; Toss to combine.
  • Stir in sugar.
  • Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  • After 4 hours, transfer the pickles to clean mason jars, or you can reuse the pickle jars.
  • Store in the refrigerator.

Expert Tips

  • Make Night Before: Make these pickles the night best before and refrigerate overnight for the best results.
  • Hot Pickles: For spicy pickles without the added sweetness, just hold the sugar.
  • Sugar-Free: To make sugar free sweet and spicy pickles, use a sugar alternative such as stevia.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 34kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 201mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 115IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Other
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dill pickles, garlic, jalapenos, pickles, red pepper flakes, sugar, sweet ans spicy

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