Smoked Pickles

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Intermediate

Apple wood gives these Smoked Pickles incredible flavor with smoky overtones. Persian cucumbers are smoked with dill seeds, black peppercorn and red pepper flakes. Then, chilling them in pickling brine for 24 hours transforms them into the best pickles you’ve ever tasted.

2 Jars Servings
Ingredients
Pickles
  • 12-16 Persian cucumbers
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • 4 tablespoons dill seeds
  • 2 tablespoons black peppercorn
  • 2 tablespoons red pepper flakes
  • 2 heads fresh dill, divided
  • 1-2 apple or alder wood chunks
Pickling Brine
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 cups white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons pickling or kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
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1. Preheat your smoker to 180°F and toss wood chunks onto hot coals for smoking.
2. Place whole cucumbers, garlic, dill seeds, peppercorns, red pepper flakes and fresh dill on a baking sheet and place in the smoker. Smoke for 30 to 45 minutes.
3. Remove baking sheet from smoker and divide garlic, dill seeds, peppercorn, red pepper flakes and dill in two portions. Place smoked seasonings, one portion each, into 2 quart-size mason jars. Cut cucumbers into spears and place them in the jars.
4. In a large pot, combine water, vinegar, salt and sugar and bring to a boil. Pour the pickling brine over the cucumbers, leaving about ½ inch of headroom in each jar and screw the lids on.
5. Let the jars cool at room temperature for at least 1 hour; then move to refrigerator. Store in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours before serving.
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