Spicey Pickled Dogs or Homemade Bahama Mama's





Introduction: Spicey Pickled Dogs or Homemade Bahama Mama's

This all started because of a talk with a friend about pickled bologna, which I had never heard of but was apparently well known where he comes from. How did I get to hotdogs and bahama mama's you ask? Well the bologna is supposed to be cut into 1/2" chunks and thats a LOT of bologna (no pun intended) then I noticed my local grocery had all beef hotdogs on sale and I thought about those jars of pickled sausage I like and the Bahama Mama's sold at convience stores, of course those are seldom really spicey so if I made my own... hmmm,  1+1+1+1 somehow equaled 2 and here we are !

Step 1: Simple Ingredients

Your going to need a clean wide mouth jar
1 or 2 packs of hotdogs depending on size, I used 1 1/2 packs
 2 teaspoons of pickling spice (could have probably used 1)
 2 teaspoons of hot pepper flakes
 1 teaspoon of italian seasonings
 1 teasppon of minched garlic
  1/2 teaspoon of salt
 1 1/4 cups of vinager
  1/2 cup water

 fresh hot peppers

Step 2: The Brine

put the vinager, water and spices in a pot and bring 2 a simmer, reduce the heat and just keep it simmering while the next step is done

Step 3: STUFF IT !

I used a fork and pierced hole up 2 side of the hotdogs, I don't know if you really need to do this but what the heck, and stood the weiners up in a wide mouth jar, in this case it took 12 hotdogs to tightly pack the jar, I then cut the tops from the red chilies and slipped them in the open spaces, the jalapenos were quarted and also used to fill some of the spaces

Step 4: Finished for Now

Pour the hot brine and spices over the hotdogs and screw on the lid, turn the jar upside down and back a couple times to help spread the spices around and then refrigerate for at least a day, a week would be better, I can't comment on a month because they aren't going to last that long !

 before you ask:

 hotdogs are precooked although we prefer to boil or grill them before eating they are safe from the package.

 Safe canning proceedures: These aren't intended to be stored for any length of time but with all the vinager and salt theres little chance of spoilage. If you prefer to store yours or are just leery then by all means use appropriate canning jars and procedures

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A pkg of dogs, Thai chiles (lots), mustard seeds, peppercorns, garlic seasoning, vinegar. All made at room temp. I let it sit out at for the first day, taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Really good grilled and served cut up as a warm party snack or just stuff a hoagie roll with 2 grilled dogs and add your favorite toppings!

I've also pickled Spanish chorizo and breakfast sausage links. With
all the vinegar I use, they can be stored at room temp. I have a jar of
mixed sausages that have been "stewing" for 4 months. I thinks they may
be ready now! Lol!

My sausage doesn't have the snap in the skin I am wanting, that the commercial Hot Mamas have. I've tried various brands of hot dogs and sausage prior to pickling. Suggestions?

You need a compound called alum. Amazon sell it as 'Fatakdi powder, potassium Suphate'. It has quite a few uses apart from culinary ones, and is used extensively in the commercial pickling trade to maintain colour and CRISPNESS in vegetables. Yopu'll only need about a 1/4 of a teaspoon per jar, so you'll have plenty left over. Hope this helps.

Yes, I've used the alum each time. I'm beginning to think after watching some shows on smoking sausage that I might be cooking them at too high of a temperature.

You don't cook them. You pickle them directly from the packet. Cooking comes AFTER the pickling process, not before. If I'm reading you correctly....

Do you mean you cook them before pickling, or after? It should be after....

Every recipe I have seen calls for the dogs/sausages to be boiled along with the other ingredients.

My recipe doesn't require any heating, so long as the sausages are pre cooked. I suggest you only heat the liquid, put the sausages in the jar first then pour the warm liquid over them in the jar.

Note: Do this in the sink as the hot liquid can cause the jar to shatter, heat the jar up with hot watter before pouring.


look up Koegels hot dogs out of Flint Michigan. they have the snap