No. Lie. Every. Day.
The cost of the Wickles really started to add up at about $5.00 for a small jar, but I didn’t care, I was addicted and pregnant…who was going to argue with me? After my daughter was born, my mom took a trip to Michigan to visit my aunt and uncle. While she was there, the neighbor brought over a jar of these pickles. When my mom tried them she couldn’t believe it, they tasted like Wickles, only better! She had the neighbor write down the recipe and immediately emailed it to me. I couldn’t wait to try them. We immediately loved them and have made them regularly ever since. We always have a jar in the fridge.
You need to plan ahead with these because they take a solid week to marinate before you can eat them. I usually buy a gallon jar of pickles at Sams Club and double the recipe, because I give them away to those people I have gotten hooked on them!
You can also adjust the amount of “heat” you put in them by adding more red pepper flakes and hot sauce. I usually take out a small amount that I keep with the recipe and the rest I add in more of the hot stuff.
Each one of the specific brands of ingredients shown below are Gluten Free.
- 2 – 32 oz jars of sliced dill pickles (you can use cheap pickles, more expensive do not taste any better in the recipe)
- 4 cups sugar
- 1 – Tablespoon hot sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 3 garlic cloves peeled and sliced – (I use minced garlic in a jar 1 and 1/2 tsp)
DRAIN and discard pickle juice (I just dump the jar into a colander in the sink and let them completely drain). It is very important that you completely drain them because you will be making new juice for them to marinate in. Hang on to the jars, you will put the pickles back in them.
Combine the rest of the ingredients together in a large bowl. I use a whisk to make sure that all of the ingredients are mixed up completely together. This is important so that when you add in the pickles everything is well saturated.
At this point, if you try them and you want them more spicy, add more red pepper flakes. The longer they marinate, the spicier they will be.
I hope you enjoy these as much as our family does. Be watching next week for a recipe I will post using these pickles.