Pickle Meat

Mary Ann Hanson


This recipe is due to a quest to make Donna's Red Beans and Rice in the Crockpot. She has been so helpful, but the bottom line is, pickle meat is not available up here in Nebraska!

I did an internet search and found a lot of info and recipes. This is the recipe I came up with. I made her beans and rice and it was delicious. I will also use this in baked beans and even try it in fried rice and some other recipes that call for a ham/pork seasoning. I froze the remaining pork for another day.

The picture is mine and shows the frozen pork I will use another day.


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1 Hr
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1 1/2 lb
pork butt, trimmed and cubed in 2 inch pieces
2 c
1 c
apple cider vinegar
1/4 c
kosher salt
3 Tbsp
brown sugar
6 clove
garlic, smashed
2 Tbsp
hot sauce
3 Tbsp
mixed pickling spice
8 oz

How to Make Pickle Meat


  • 1Place all ingredients except pork and ice into a nonreative pan and bring to a simmer. Simmer for a few minutes.
  • 2Turn off heat and add ice. Let mixture cool. The ice simply cools it faster. You can simply add another 2/3 cup of cold water.
  • 3Place pork into a plastic or glass container that will hold all ingredients. I used a large ziploc bag.
  • 4Pour cooled brine mixture over pork. If using a bag, squeeze out air and seal. If using another container, make sure pork in submerged in brine.
  • 5Refrigerate and stir or mix brine and pork or ziploc bag every day for three days. It can go for up to a week.
  • 6After a week, drain brine and rinse meat of spices. Use or put in a pan and freeze. Place in a bag for future use. I put the pieces of meat on a cookie sheet and froze them. I then put them in a freezer bag.
  • 7I used this in Donna's Red Beans and Rice and it was a very good flavor. I plan on trying it in baked beans and even fried rice. I diced it and browned in a little bacon fat. This is a whole new seasoning adventure!
  • 8If you think you would like different seasonings, my research found that this was OK. Just keep the sugar/salt/water/vinegar ratio the same. You can season any way you like! Love recipes like that!

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About Pickle Meat

Course/Dish: Pork
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: Southern
Hashtag: #pork

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