Easy DIY Pickled Hot Dogs

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Pickled Hot Dog Recipe

When I was around ten years old my family traveled cross country in a VW mini bus.  We stopped at small general store in Austin, Texas for a rest stop. I remember being fascinated by the wide range of pickled things lined up in huge glass jars on counter.  They had everything from dill pickles, to pickled eggs, to pickled green tomatoes, to pickled hot dogs.  The idea of pickling a hot dog struck me as bizarre, but my father encouraged me to try one and I’m glad I did.  We enjoyed a plate of pickled hot dogs a bag of potato chips and a round of Orange Crush.

I was looking at pictures from that trip the other day and I was inspired to find a recipe to recreate the old-time pickled hot dogs or sausage links of my childhood. It brought back a flood of great memories, so I set off to make a batch of DIY pickled hot dogs.  Nothing could be easier!  I now keep a big glass jar of my delicious pickled hot dogs in my refrigerator for a quick and health snack.

Feel free to adjust the recipe to your taste.


1 large glass or non-reactive container

4 cups water

4 cups vinegar (I used cider vinegar)

2 TBS salt

1-3 TBS Louisiana Hot Sauce (depending on how hot you like things)

10 drops red food coloring

Crushed red pepper flakes to taste (I used one Tbs of pepper flakes and 2 Tbs of hot sauce)

1 tsp cayenne powder (optional, depends on how hot you like things, if you add the hot sauce, red pepper flakes and cayenne pepper, it will be very hot)

2 garlic cloves thinly sliced

enough hot dogs to fit tightly in your jar


To prepare your own batch of DIY pickled hot dogs, pierce the skin of each hot dog in several places with a fork and then put hot dogs in a sterile non-reactive container.  Mix other ingredients in a sauce pan and boil for a few minutes. Pour over links, and let cool on  your counter top, then store in your refrigerator for 7 days before eating. The longer they are in the jar the hotter they get.

I used all beef hot dogs but feel free to use other types of link sausages or hot dogs for variety.

PS: They taste great with a bag of potato chips and an Orange Crush.

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