Total Time
2hrs 8mins
Prep 2 hrs
Cook 8 mins

This recipe was created by my husband Armando (Mondo) who has come up with this recipe after searching for a good hot & spicy pickle and couldn't find one that was spicy enough! People beg for jars of these and my friend Stacey claims that they cure any cold!!HA!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Clean cucumbers in cold water.
  2. Place water, vinegar, sugar, salt in large pot.
  3. Place sprigs of dill (stems and all) and pickling spices in cheesecloth. Knot the cheesecloth and place in pot with the rest of ingredients.
  4. Bring to a boil to make a brine solution.
  5. Place a few peppercorns, few garlic cloves or chopped garlic, 1/8 teaspoons Alum, a couple dried whole chile peppers in each empty canning jar that is going to be used. If you desire hotter pickles, add optional 1 - 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes to each jar.
  6. Then place pickles in jar and fill with brine solution.
  7. Wipe rims of jars with clean cloth, place lids and screw on bands fingertip-tight.
  8. Process for 8 minutes in water bath.
  9. Remove to cloth-protected counter and let rest undisturbed for 24 hours to cool.
  10. Pickles are ready to eat in about 2 weeks. Enjoy!


Most Helpful

Excellent recipe - just opened a jar from the first batch we made and we were so excited about them that we are making a second batch today. A bit tricky to follow the recipe as written as the steps don't quite make sense but after rereading for a third time we got it done.

westwood September 20, 2003

Will update when I get to taste these in a couple of months. But for now, these were so easy to make. I used dried peppers because I don't like playing with fresh ones. My mouth waters just looking at the jars, and I can't wait to taste them. Thanks for posting Monica.

Chef Dee August 09, 2006

Last year I was searching for a hot and spicy pickle recipe and I came across this one. I had never made pickles before and when I found this one and made the pickles everyone loves them. In fact I have a good friend who just loves these pickles, infact she always puts her order in to buy 4- quart size jars about every 2 months. I have to say that your husband Mondo is a very smart and creative person. Thank you so much for the great recipe.

SoniLuvs2Scrapbook September 25, 2005

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