These spicy/sweet pickles are a Texas tradition. My mother and I have made these delectable pickles for Christmas every year since I was young. We separate each batch into smaller jars and give them as gifts to friends and family. I would hate to think what would happen if we skipped a year!!

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Ingredients

60
Original recipe yields 60 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Drain the brine from the pickles and discard. Slice pickles lengthwise, and return them to the jar. Pour in the hot pepper sauce, and add the garlic. Pour in about 1/3 of the sugar. Close the lid tightly. Gently tip the jar back and forth several times to allow everything to mix well. Leave out on the counter at room temperature for about 1 week.

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  • During the week, add more sugar as the sugar in the jar dissolves. Gently tip the jar back and forth to mix. Continue the process throughout the week, until you have used up all of the sugar. When all of the sugar has been absorbed, pickles will be dark green and crispy. Transfer pickles to smaller sterile jars, and divide syrup between jars. Seal with lids and rings. Store in the refrigerator, and consume within one month.

Note

You can also use this same process with jalapeno peppers, just omit the hot pepper sauce and use the same process. The result is a sweet/hot jalapeno.

Nutrition Facts

182.9 calories; 0.3 g protein; 47 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 500.7 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2005
I had a blast making these pickles! They are so close to tasting like Tony Packo's Sweet Hots. I made two gallons one jar cut into spears and the other cut into thick slices. I like the slices better and they were to my liking after only five days. I am going to experiment with about half the sugar and a little less garlic next time. The Tabasco is perfect though. I processed some of the finished pint jars in a boiling water bath for ten minutes so I can keep them longer. Thank you for sharing this recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/09/2012
These are only so so. I love pickles but these are not amazing; we ended up not eating all that we made. Darn it! Read More
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  • 5 star values: 33
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2005
I had a blast making these pickles! They are so close to tasting like Tony Packo's Sweet Hots. I made two gallons one jar cut into spears and the other cut into thick slices. I like the slices better and they were to my liking after only five days. I am going to experiment with about half the sugar and a little less garlic next time. The Tabasco is perfect though. I processed some of the finished pint jars in a boiling water bath for ten minutes so I can keep them longer. Thank you for sharing this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/09/2005
This is similar to a recipe I have used except we purchased gallon jars of hamburger slices at Sam's instead of having to slice the pickles. As you described they are dark green crisp and yummy. Everyone loves them. My recipe calls them "cheater pickles." We packaged them in small containers with a red plaid ribbon for Christmas gifts. A big hit! Mine did not call for the hot sauce. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2004
This recipe was fun and easy to make. The flavor is similar to bread and butter pickles but with a little extra kick. I love the ease in which one can adjust the recipe to suit their preferences. For instance I didn't have hot pepper sauce so I used red pepper flakes. Also I used about half the sugar and the recipe came out just fine. Texas Christmas Pickles will be a staple in my refrigerator all year 'round! Thanks a million for sharing this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2009
These pickles are awesome. I've been searching for a recipe like this for months! I made them at Christmas and they were a big hit. I just made my 2nd batch the other day. I did make a couple of changes...I used the sliced dill pickles. I used about 5-6 oz of jalapeno juice instead of tabasco. (from a jar of pickled jalapeno's)I also added about 1 1/2 cups of sliced jalapeno's (I had to remove some pickles to make room.) 4 1/2 cups of sugar was all I used as well. These were so crisp! I've had several requests for the recipe. These are excellent with grilled cheese sandwiches and burgers. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/12/2008
Note: sugar pulls out the moisture from the drained pickles. If your pickle spears come out too shrunken cut the amount of sugar. One or two reviews said they cut the sugar by half. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/28/2009
I tried these and they turned out great as long as I used the cheap brand of dill pickles whether I made strips out of whole ones or the sliced ones (both of the "cheap" ones came from Sam's) when I tried recipe using "Claussen" Dill Strips they turned out shriveled and limp They still had a good taste but were not crunchy! My friends and family love the cheap crunchy ones to those who like them hotter I add a couple of red peppers makes them pretty too Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/16/2006
I was afraid to make these so I used a 1/2 gallon of pickles. I sliced them into spears. They sort of shriveled up and look funny....is that right? They are tasty just weird looking. I will try them again but want to try slices instead of spears. A nice sweet/spicy flavor. Very nice. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2006
I've had this recipe for years and finally have tried it! My family will love the sweet spicy flavor. I wanted to comment also that the original recipe hadn't warned that eventually the liquid would be greater than the jar due to the increased liquid so I poured it off and poked straigt garlic cloves in it. This recipe is definitely a "keeper" for year round. This time around it is going faster than I can put it into smaller jars but next time I'll just start out with three gallons and then we'll each have our own. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/21/2009
Everyone really liked these. I was skeptical but ended up happy with the results. I love the crispness of them. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/09/2012
These are only so so. I love pickles but these are not amazing; we ended up not eating all that we made. Darn it! Read More
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