This is a super duper flavorful pickle recipe. It’s not a “real” pickle recipe because we’re using already made jarred hamburger dill pickle slices. We’re just going to flavor them up a bit. My mom made these for gifts one Christmas, and they made a great gift. Everyone’s use to getting cookies and cakes, cheese and sausage, but not pickles. Plus the fact they were made by her, with love, makes them more special. They’re also good to have on hand for an unexpected gift if you don’t want to show up to a party empty handed, or if the neighbor helps you out with something. But most importantly they taste really good! I’m not a big pickle person, but these are pretty addicting. They cover the sweet, salty, spicy, and garlicky points. Bingo! AND they’re inexpensive to make. The only “issue” is you need to allow a couple of days for them to come together. The sugar needs some time to dissolve.
There’s a couple of ways to make this… By the gallon of pickles or by the single jars. I made them using 4 jars because my little nearby grocery store doesn’t sell pickles by the gallon. If you want to make it by the gallon, then double the below recipe. I mixed the pickles with the ingredients and then put them back in the jars and removed the labels by soaking the jars in warm to hot water- they peeled right off. You could certainly put them in mason jars, that’s what my mom did. I would use the small jars which are about the same size of the individual pickle jars that I used in the recipe below. You will need a leak proof jar (I’m not sure mason jars are leak proof) because we are going to flip these babies upside down and let them sit.
Ok…so time for the recipe!
- 4 (16 oz.) jars of hamburger dill pickle slices, drained
- 3 cups white sugar
- 4 tsps. Tobasco sauce
- 1 tsp. garlic, minced
- Drain the pickles through a mesh strainer and put them in a large bowl.
- Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
- Add the pickles back to the jars in even quantities. Do the same with the juice.
- Screw the lids on real tight and rinse.
- Give a few good shakes.
- Place in the refrigerator and rotate each day turning the jars upside down each day for 2 days. Keep refrigerated.