Pickled Eggs Tavern Style

Pickled Eggs Tavern Style

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Pickled Eggs Tavern Style

Where did pickled eggs originate? As with most pickled foods, these delectable treats were born of necessity for preservation purposes. Before refrigeration many foods were salted, brined, dried or smoked, in order to keep food edible during the winter months. Many believe that the British introduced pickled eggs but I think they are of German ancestry brought by early German immigrants. You could then argue that pickled eggs have Russian or Polish roots too. So let’s just say they are of European decent, that should cover everyone:) Pickled Eggs Tavern Style will become a hit!

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Pickled, Pickled, Pickled

Pickled eggs, pickled sausages, pickled pigs feet, why oh why are they served in Pubs, Taverns, and Bars. Good question, and one I really didn’t find the answer too. So I guess I’ll give you my story on pickled eggs. Way back when, in the late 40’s,  50’s and 60’s, when hard-working, blue-collar men and laborers like my dad, worked shift work. They would often stop at the local tavern after work, to have a shot and a beer and shoot the shit, before heading home to the wife and kids, in my dads case, six kids.

Pickled Eggs, Bar Snack Good

Back then, bars and taverns didn’t serve pizza, at least not the taverns my dad frequented. He told me that the guys would get hungry and eat the stuff sitting on the back counter, hiding, next to the peanuts and potato chips. It seemed to me that the jars filled with pickled eggs, pigs feet and sausages were always hidden out of plain sight. I can’t imagine many wives were happy when their hubby came home late, let alone when the pickled eggs made their way down their digestive tract and came back out the other end. Pickled egg gas ladies, could not have been pleasant. I wonder how many arguments occurred when husbands came home after a night of beer drinking and pickled egg eating….many men must have spent the night sleeping on the couch.

My first Pickled Egg

When I was a young girl maybe 8 or 9 years old, way back in the 60’s, I would go with my dad to the “Corner Bar.” He would help me up on the big bar stool. I would sit on the bar stool and spin around and around until I got dizzy. The bartender would serve me a small glass of pop with a straw and I’d get to eat my very own bag of Old Dutch potato chips. Then the bartender would come over to me with a large basket full of candy bars. I would get to pick out one candy bar from the basket, and I would get to eat the whole candy bar. Sitting on the counter, among the bottles of different colored liquor, were large jars filled with eggs and other “stuff.”

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What Is that Stuff?

I asked my dad what was in those large jars and he told me, “Pickled eggs, sausages, and pigs feet.” Even at that young age I could understand pickled eggs and sausages, but pigs feet! My dad called to the bartender, “Smitty, bring me over one of those pickled eggs.” A few minutes later, Smitty appeared with a paper plate that had two pickled eggs, sliced in half, with salt and pepper sprinkled over the eggs. My dad looked at me and said, “Take a bite, if you don’t like it, you don’t have to eat it.” Okay I said. I bravely picked up an egg halve, shut my eyes and took a bite. Surprisingly it wasn’t that bad. It wasn’t great but it wasn’t gross either. It tasted to me like an egg with a pickle slice on top…..

Years Later

Years later, when I was in my mid 20’s I ate another pickled egg. This time it was more of a dare type situation than anything else. My husband at the time and I were out with some friends after a softball game. After a few beers and a couple of Alabama slammers, they “egged” me on so to speak, to try a pickled egg. Well, of course I ate one…and once again it wasn’t that bad…not great but not gross either. I have to admit, I’m not a fan of pickled eggs. Sorry, but I’m not. Now on the other hand, my hubby loves pickled eggs….and he loved this recipe for pickled eggs tavern style!

Recipe Note

Tasty and delicious. Perfect with an ice cold beer. Tavern-Style Picked Eggs can be found in most Taverns and Pubs all over the state of Wisconsin for years. No doubt these tasty, hard-boiled, pickled eggs can be traced back to German ancestors. Germans love their sour foods and just about anything pickled. Pickled Eggs Tavern Style and Pickled Turkey Gizzards or the perfect accompaniment to an ice cold beer.

4.43 from 7 votes
pickled eggs
Tavern-Style Pickled Eggs
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
40 mins

A Tavern-style treat! 

Course: Holiday, Snack
Cuisine: German
Servings: 24 pickled eggs
  • 24 hard-boiled eggs, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons red pepper flakes
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 6 green onions, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon celery seed
  • 1 tablespoon pickling spices
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 cups white vinegar
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  1. In a large sterilized gallon-size glass jar, place peeled hard-boiled eggs, red pepper flakes, bay leaves, garlic cloves and sliced green onions. Set aside.

  2. In a medium saucepan combine, sea salt, celery seed, pickling spice, sugar, white vinegar, apple cider vinegar and water. Bring to a boil. Pour boiling mixture over eggs in glass jar, cover eggs completely. Seal jar and let sit undisturbed until room temperature. Refrigerate for up to three weeks. 

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6 thoughts on “Pickled Eggs Tavern Style”

  • Is it necessary to sterilize the jar for refrigerator pickle eggs? I have only sterilized when doing actual pressure or steam canning? Please advise.

    • Hello Fred,
      Sterilizing the jars in this recipe is a personal preference really. It’s a pre-cautionary measure or step I could say, just in case some of my readers are new to the wonderful world of canning and preserving as I was a few years back. It could also be because of the fact that I’m older and I come from the old-fashioned world of sterilizing everything!! Lynn

  • I knew you were from the upper Midwest when you mentioned old dutch potato chips:) I grew up in Minnesota and love anything pickled, yes, pigs feet. Grew up poor people on the farm, no indoor plumbing, folks did subsistence farming, mom made everything, headcheese, pickled anything, cottage cheese. Dad butchered and made sausage, bacon, smoked hams. I didn’t know it then but it was the best food ever.

    • Hello Kevin,
      Isn’t that the truth! Fresh food is the best food. Most people grew their own vegetables in home gardens and everyone knew someone who had fresh eggs and/or meat. My dad worked at a paper mill in Appleton when I was growing up and he always brought home fresh produce, fruit and the occasional “mystery” meat!. We ate what mom made or we went hungry, it was as simple as that:) Thanks for stopping and sharing your memories. (I still buy old dutch potato chips in a box, not a bag;) Lynn

    • Thanks Jim,
      A nice and easy recipe with great results. I think I’m going to try this recipe using hard-boiled duck eggs;)
      Glad you enjoyed the recipe! Lynn

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