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Homemade spicy pickles in a ball canning jar

Best Spicy Pickles, How to Make Sweet and Spicy Pickles from Dill Pickles

These are perhaps the easiest and best spicy pickles you can make at home. This is not a recipe for pickling cucumbers, but rather a method for how to make spicy pickles from store bought dill pickles. Quick, easy and full of flavor, these unique Homemade Sweet and Spicy Pickles will be a staple in your refrigerator.
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Resting time 2 hours
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 20
Calories 157kcal


  • 2 46-oz jars whole dill pickles not Kosher
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons hot pepper sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dehydrated minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper


  • Drain and discard the pickling juice from the dill pickles (or save the juice and use to marinate chicken wings).
  • Slice the pickles in thick, nice size chips, (larger than quarter-inch, less than half-inch) and place in a large bowl.
  • Add remaining ingredients and stir to mix. Allow to rest for about 2 hours. Stir from the bottom several times. The sugar will dissolve and the pickles will produce its own liquid.
  • Place the chips in jars distributing the liquid among the jars. Seal and refrigerate for 3 or 4 days before enjoying and gift giving.


Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 31mg | Potassium: 9mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 59IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg