Simple, Incredible Spicy IPA Pickles

If you like pickles, you need to try this recipe. Our cucumber plants are producing like crazy right now, leaving us with tons of cucumbers to eat or store. I just happened across Imgur user usernameisslreadytaken‘s post, here, and since the timing couldn’t be better, decided to give these spicy IPA pickles a try.

The brine mixture will fill about 6 pint-sized jars. All the dry ingredients get added per-jar. Here’s the recipe:

Spicy IPA Pickles
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
  1. Cucumbers. Enough to loosely fill 6 pint jars when sliced the way you like.
  2. 6 tsp red pepper flakes
  3. 6 tsp black peppercorns
  4. 12 tsp dill seed
  5. 20-25 cloves of garlic (roughly 1 1/2 heads) adjust amount to taste
  6. 1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
  7. 1 1/2 cups distilled vinegar
  8. 6 tbs kosher salt
  9. 2 bottles of your favorite IPA
  1. Fill your jars with cucumbers. I do some jars with spears, and some jars cut in slices. Try to loosely fill the whole jar.
  2. To each jar add: 1 tsp red pepper flakes, 1tsp black peppercorns, 2 tsp dill seed (I substituted for 1 tsp dried dill weed), and 3-5 chopped cloves of garlic.
  3. Then, make the brine. To a pot add the beer, vinegars, and kosher salt. Bring to a boil.
  4. Once the brine is boiling, use a ladle and add to each jar, covering the cucumber completely.
  1. Once complete, you can throw a lid on these and stick them in the fridge immediately, OR take extra steps to preserve for non-refrigerated storage. Either way they're "ready" in about a week. They taste great before then too!
Adapted from usernameisslreadytaken's Imgur Post
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6 thoughts on “Simple, Incredible Spicy IPA Pickles

  1. Sue says:

    These look and sound delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Can’t wait to make room on a burger for a stack of ‘em!

    1. Margie says:

      Me too! Look mighty tasty!

    2. Joann burton says:

      These might be Todd’s new addiction. Great to see all that you guys have done!

  2. Drewskibbers says:

    I’d definitely be all over that pickle juice 😉

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