Spicy Refrigerator Pickles

Spicy Refrigerator Pickles is one of our favorite pickle recipes. Or should I say one of my hubby’s favorite pickle recipes. They are easy to make and can be kept in the refrigerator. A few ingredients are a must to make these pickles just right. Garden fresh pickling cucumbers are always the best to use, dried chili peppers and hot sauce will give the pickles the right amount of zip.

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The Longer They Sit

As with all pickles the longer they are allowed to sit, the better they will be. This is especially true for these refrigerator pickles. The longer they sit, the hotter they become but at the same time, they tend to mellow somewhat. With added cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes, along with the hot sauce and dried chili peppers, they are super hot. If your a fan of hot and spicy food, you’ll love these, if your not, beware!


My family loves, loves pickles. From my hubby all the way down to my youngest grandchild, they’re all kooky for pickles. That is everyone except me. I’m the odd man out when it comes to pickles. Don’t get me wrong, I like the occasional pickle with my sandwich or sub but these people are nuts! I mean they eat jars of pickles each week. When I make homemade pickles though it’s my hubby who goes nuts. He loves any kind of homemade pickles.


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Spicy Refrigerator Pickles

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  • 2 cups  sugar
  • 2 cups  vinegar
  • 2 cups  water
  • 1/4 cup  salt
  • 2 tablespoons  hot pepper sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon  crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon  whole black peppercorns
  • 2   bay leaves
  • 2 to 4 whole dried chili peppers
  • 1/4 teaspoon  ground cayenne pepper
  • 12 to 14   medium pickling cucumbers, thinly sliced


  • Place sliced cucumbers in a clean, large glass bowl.
  • In a  medium saucepan combine, sugar, vinegar, water, salt, hot pepper sauce, crushed red pepper flakes, whole peppercorns, bay leaves, dried chili peppers and cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil and boil 1 minute. Remove from heat and let stand 10 minutes. Pour mixture over cucumbers in glass bowl. Cover.
  • Refrigerate at least 3 days before serving, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove bay leaves and chili peppers before serving. Store in refrigerator.


Serving: 1g, Calories: 327kcal, Carbohydrates: 81g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 3965mg, Potassium: 45mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 79g, Vitamin A: 470IU, Vitamin C: 4.1mg, Calcium: 13mg, Iron: 0.3mg
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Serve With

You can serve refrigerator pickles with any of these meals; Easy Pineapple Orange Ham Sandwiches or Brats n’ Beer. For more information about canning and the art of preserving, plus to find ‘pick your own’ fruits, vegetables and everything in between go to: Pick Your Own. This is one of my favorite websites. You’ll find everything you’ll ever need to know about canning, pickling (plus more) and where to “pick” just about anything in every State.