Total Time
24hrs 30mins
Prep 24 hrs
Cook 30 mins

This recipe was given to me by a Grand Southern Lady who wrote on the recipe card-they's about the same-I like this best. I like them too.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Slice the outer green and inner pink part of the rind.
  2. Place in a large glass bowl and cover with a brine made from the 3/4 cup salt and 3 quarts water.
  3. Cover with ice and let stand 6-7 hours.
  4. Drain, rinse and drain again.
  5. In a large pot add the rind and just cover with cold water.
  6. Cook until JUST tender-around 10 minutes.
  7. Dont overcook.
  8. Drain.
  9. Tie spices in a spice bag.
  10. Combine sugar, vinegar, 3 cups water and spice bag and boil 5 minutes.
  11. Remove spice bag-reserve.
  12. Pour syrup over rinds and add lemon slices.
  13. Let stand overnight at room temp.
  14. Heat rind and lemon in syrup and boil.
  15. Cook until rind is translucent-around 10 minutes.
  16. Pack hot into clean hot jars.
  17. Add 1 piece of cinnamon from the spice bag to each jar.
  18. Cover with boiling syrup leaving 1/2 inch head space.
  19. Process in a boiling water bath at altitudes up to 1000 feet.
Most Helpful

Oh MAN, is this stuff GOOD! I looked over several recipes and they were all about the same except for spices. I added 10 whole peppercorns and 10 whole allspice to this recipe, and it is OUTSTANDING! A bit sweet, but still GREAT!

kitchengrrl September 22, 2003

Hi Di Neal; Just finished making your WATERMELON PICKLES, Watermelon Pickles and they turned out super-great. I only had enough watermelon rind for 1/2 the recipe, so it was a samll batch. I made some CRYSTALIZED GINGER 2 days ago and had some syrup left over. I used this and added a bit more sugar and my, but it gave the pickles another flavor. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us. I am going out to buy a 22 to 25 lb. watermelon and will make a nice big batch. "Uncle Bill"

William (Uncle Bill) Anatooskin August 11, 2003

Dibs my dear I made these over a month ago, and just opened my first jar. I wanted a pickle just like the ones my Late DM used to make for the holidays, but she didn't use lemon rind, so I substitued lemon juice instead from one whole lemon. OMG!!! these are sooooo doggone good, and taste exactly like Moms. Thank you for giving me back a great memory, and wonderful pickle I used to love as a child.

Chabear01 September 10, 2009