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Homemade Spicy Refrigerator Pickles

fresh ingredients for homemade spicy refrigerator pickles

These pickles. Oh my.

They might change your life, and they’ll definitely change the life of your sandwiches. Sometimes I make a sandwich just so I can have these pickles on it.

We started making them a couple of years ago after our annual trip to Wisconsin to visit my mom’s side of the family. My Uncle Dave shared this recipe with us, and we cannot beat it! These are the real dill.

homemade spicy refrigerator pickles

The recipe is below, but I’ll just tell you – they’re very easy to make! I can’t even tell you how many people have eaten these pickles at our house and then requested the recipe. We use a variation of this recipe, and then add the jalapenos to give them some zing.

Once you assemble the jars full of the ingredients, be sure to leave the jars in the fridge for at least 4-5 days before eating them to allow the cucumbers to actually pickle and soak up all of the flavor.

And, just FYI, these are not jarred pickles that you can store on pantry shelves. You have to store them in the refrigerator!

I hope you love them as much as we do! We are such pickle snobs now – it is so hard to eat a regular store-bought pickle after having these!

homemade spicy refrigerator pickles

Homemade Spicy Refrigerator Pickles

The perfect blend of tangy and spicy!
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Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 3 1qt mason jars
Author: The American Patriette


  • 7 cups water
  • 2 1/2 c distilled white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 3 jalapenos
  • 9 sprigs of dill
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 3 large cucumbers you do not need the pickling kind


  • Pour water, vinegar, salt, and sugar in large pot on stove top.
  • Give the liquid a few stirs and then bring to a boil over medium heat.
  • Once the liquid boils, stir it until the salt and sugar dissolve (this should not take but a few seconds!). Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Remove the stem from each jalapeno. Slice each jalapeno longways into fourths. Don't remove the seeds! Place each jalapeno (four slices) into each mason jar.
  • Peel each clove of garlic. Place two cloves (whole) into each mason jar.
  • Place 3 sprigs of dill into each mason jar.
  • Slice cucumbers (you can see from the pictures that I do not slice mine very thin) and distribute evenly into each mason jar.
  • Wait until vinegar and water mixture is at room temperature to pour into the jars. Fill the jars to the very top with the liquid and twist on the lid.
  • Place in refrigerator for *at least* 4-5 days before consuming! They need time to pickle and to soak up all that flavor in the fridge! They'll still be slightly crunchy, but they'll have a ton of flavor!



  1. These are amazing. I ate them on pulled pork sandwiches and when I ran out of pulled pork, I ate them straight of the jar. They are pretty spicy, especially when you eat them by themselves, but they are sooooo good.

  2. This recipe turned out so delicious. I recommend these pickles to everyone now. You’re right that it’s hard to go back to the yellow/green-dyed pickles at the store.
    I then tried something different on a dare from my daughters. I used your recipe with thinly sliced Granny Smith apples instead of cucumber. I was expecting to be underwhelmed or even mildly repulsed with the sweet and sour taste, but it turns out this is an amazing discovery. Talk about a next-level grilled cheese sandwich! Seriously, try it sometime. It will change the way you think about pickling.

    1. I can’t wait to try this for grilled cheese! Such a fun, accidental idea! Maybe I’ll take dares more often, especially if they involve fun food experiments. 🙂

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