Maple-Bourbon Carrot Pickles

March 29, 2012

Author Notes: Goes great with Pork Belly Buns, which I make about once a year, or any kind of good porky sweet thing. As I was getting the brine ready, the bottle of bourbon happened to be nearby, so I felt compelled to throw in a couple spoonfuls. The pickles cut the sweetness of hoisin sauce or barbecue sauce perfectly. mrslarkin

Makes: 1 cup


  • 1 cup thin sliced carrots (3/8" thick), rounds or 3" planks, from about 4 not-too-big carrots
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1 whole star anise
In This Recipe


  1. Stir all the liquid ingredients until well blended.
  2. Place carrots and star anise in a mason jar large enough to hold all the brine.
  3. Pour brine into jar. Screw on lid. Chill at least several hours or overnight.

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