These pickled cucumbers are the perfect combination between sweet and spicy – dig in and enjoy as-is, or add them to your favorite pulled pork sandwich for added flavor. It’s best to use very thin-skinned cucumbers – preferably Persian or English Cucumbers, and slice them very thin, whether by hand or using your handy dandy mandolin.
Lets face it – here in Arizona we spend a good majority of the year basking in the hot summer sun. While our winters do manage to stay under 80 degrees, our spring usually starts in mid-February and summer kicks in not long after, with temps that can reach 115 if not more.
Just the sheer mention of summer has me thinking about spending time outside – whether at the lake, grilling out in th e backyard or looking after the garden. While our weather is hotter than many areas of the U.S., cucumbers thrive in the summer sun, giving us the perfect opportunity to make these sweet and spicy pickles.
They are the perfect combination of sweet and spicy, and definitely don’t last long! The best thing is, they are super easy to throw together and they pair well with a hot, pulled pork sandwich or even a juicy grass-fed burger off the grill.
Combine 2 C of rice vinegar with 1/2 C. brown sugar, the juice of a few limes, some kosher salt, and red chili flakes in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, and stir well to dissolve the sugar. While that’s cooling, pull out your mandolin to slice the Persians very thin and transfer to a wide-mouth quart canning jar along with the thinly sliced onion.
Once the vinegar mixture has cooled, add too the canning jar, leaving one inch at the top before throwing on the lid and canning ring. Allow to sit, undisturbed at room temp for an hour or two before transferring to the refrigerator.
Enjoy your sweet and spicy cucumbers for up to two weeks (though they likely won’t be around that long!)
These cucumbers are a hit with my kids – and although they taste delicious on a juicy grass-fed burger or pulled pork sandwich, you can typically find my kids sitting down with a regular ol’bowl of these cucumbers watching their favorite kids movie.