What Are The Best Spicy Gourmet Pickles?
Spicy Pickles Are The Best Pickles
There are regular pickles and there are gourmet pickles.
Then there are gourmet pickles and there are spicy gourmet pickles. Some of those pickles will tingle your mouth while others might burn your tongue right off.
If you haven't tried gourmet pickles and you like pickles, then you are really missing something.
However, if you like spicy food and pickles, you really are going to love spicy gourmet pickles when you try them for the first time.
They are an amazing taste sensation.
Even more amazing, spicy pickles are often far lower in sodium content than any other pickles, except for a few brands.
Perhaps a downside to spicy gourmet pickles is that they're expensive. A jar of pickles can run anywhere from $5.99 to $12.00 or so. If you ask me though, they're worth it.
Here are some of the best tasting spicy pickles and what you can expect from them, though do keep in mind that this list is by no means exhaustive and there are many companies making spicy gourmet pickles.
The Best Gourmet Pickles
The Real Dill
Conscious Choice Foods
Although I really like all the pickles reviewed in this article, McClure's pickles, which are produced in Brooklyn and Detroit, are my favorite overall.
More so than any of the other pickles in this article, McClure's pickles have that deli-style crispness that I really enjoy. For whatever reason, these pickles are crisper than all the other pickles.
I guess I have memories of getting a pickle on the side of many sandwiches and always enjoying a crisp dill spear. That's what these pickles are. With the added chili pepper spice, these pickles are just amazing.
McClure's pickles are cut into quarters.
Tru pickles are one of two brands in this article manufactured in Colorado. Tru pickles are made in Littleton, Colorado.
Tru Pickles are a more recent brand of pickle and are outstanding. The regular version of their pickle is not as spicy as the other pickles in this article, so if you're looking to "get into" gourmet spicy pickles, Tru pickles are an excellent place to start. They're sort of a regular pickle with a kick.
Tru also has a spicy dill hamburger pickle (by which I mean it's sliced) that's very hot called the Tru Dill Heat Pickle.
The pickles are supposedly a family recipe that's a century old.
Yee-Haw Pickle Company
Yee-Haw pickles are hand packed in Park City, Utah, home of the Sundance Film Festival.
Like many gourmet pickles, Yee-Haw prides itself on using local ingredients and doing everything by hand.
While their pickles are excellent and one of the hottest of the pickles mentioned here, I preferred the McClure's brand spicy pickle due to their crispness. The Yee-Haw pickles were a little soft. Now, because each batch is hand-packed, some are going to be better than others.
Rick's Picks Pickles
|Serving size: 1 ounce (about 2 pickles)|
|Calories from Fat||0|
|% Daily Value *|
|Carbohydrates 2 g||1%|
|Sodium 105 mg||4%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
Rick's Picks Pickles
As you develop a taste for gourmet spicy pickles, Rick's Picks pickles may turn out to be your favorite pickle. Their complexity is the most interesting because they are flavored with sriracha peppers instead of chili peppers, unlike the other pickles.
Rick's Picks also uses some other additional flavorings that make them incredibly interesting including habanero powder, chili powder, and fish extract. Because of the sriracha peppers, the pickles have both a sweet and a spicy taste.
Rick's Picks pickles are cut into rounds, like burger pickles.
Rick's Picks Hotties are absolutely addictive and all natural.
The Real Dill
The Real Dill pickles are manufactured in Denver, Colorado and their pickle varieties include some of the more eclectic flavors out there including jalapeno honey dills and habanero horseradish dills.
Both of their spicy pickle brands are surprising in that they aren't as hot as the other pickles in this article. However, they are very good and the flavors are very interesting. Of the two varieties mentioned here, the jalapeno honey dills are the most mild. For those who don't know, pickling jalapeno peppers cuts the spice quite a bit, so these are a great pepper to start with on your gourmet pickle journey.
The habanero horseradish dills are significantly hotter, but still not as hot as any of the other brands except for the Tru pickles. This is actually a benefit because often habanero spiked foods are so hot one can't enjoy the taste of the pepper. These have a nice kick, but aren't too hot.
The habanero flavor were crisper than the jalapeno. I'm not sure if it was simply the batch or the fact that the honey softens the pickles. My preference was for the habanero horse radish variety.
MM Local is a Denver-based food company that prides itself on natural ingredients and partnerships with local, organic farmers. There focus is on simple, hand-made processes.
The spicy pickles from MM Local taste fresh and have a nice depth of flavor. For those not wanting too much heat in their spicy pickles, this brand is good as the pepper doesn't overwhelm.
Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed in the crispness of my batch. Once they sat in the refrigerator a little while, they got better, but overall the pickles were a little flaccid. I very much enjoyed the taste, but would have liked a better crunch.
Conscious Choice Foods
Conscious Choice Foods is based out of Dallas, Texas and prides itself on only using natural ingredients. They produce the two pickles featured in the pictures to the right and above: The Original Beer Pickle and Harold's Texicun Gormay Pickuls. The Harold's pickles have won numerous awards since their creation and those awards are featured on the Conscious Choice Foods home page.
Honestly, I expected a lot more from these pickles. The first thing that's immediately obvious about them is the sodium content, which is many times what is in all the other pickles in this article. Both of the pickles from Conscious Choice Foods have 25% of your daily sodium requirement whereas most of the other pickles don't get above 8%.
To be fair, I suspect the super-salty pickle is something of an acquired taste and popular in Texas. However, I've never been a fan of salty things and much prefer the natural taste of food. Salt can cover up many cooking mistakes and it dulls one's taste buds.
I expected the Harold's pickle to be the spiciest, but it turns out the Original Beer Pickle is not only spicier than Harold's, but spicier than all the other pickles on this list. The Harold's pickle got spicier the longer it sat in my fridge and the more of them I ate, the more addictive they became. Even though I grew to enjoy the Harold's pickle, the amount of salt in them is almost debilitating.
All the pickles on this list are excellent in one way or another, so it's worth experimenting with each of them. My opinion about each brand changed as I ate more of the pickles. For instance, I found the Conscious Choice brand too salty at first, but found myself intrigued by them the more I ate.
If you like a traditional deli pickle with a punch, the McClure's is the best. However, I really found myself eating the Rick's brand due to the sriracha peppers. The biggest spicy punch is packed by the Tru spicy pepper and the Original Beer Pickle. The Real Dill probably has the most interesting flavors.
My conclusion is that you should try them all.
Note: If you have a pickle that you'd like reviewed and added to this article, please email me and I'll send you my address and I'll be happy to review them.
Are you more interested in trying gourmet spicy pickles after reading this article?
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© 2013 Allen Donald