Lil’ Southern Heat Pickled Okra // Pernicious Pickling Co. // Costa Mesa, CA
There are pickles, and then there are pickles. As cheap unleaded is to premium high octane, so those gas-station counter top tubs of Chernobyl-green brine and mushy ‘cukes are to fresh-packed jars of snappy spicy veggies. Fill your tank with these: crackling sticks of okra, bright as the day they were plucked from local farms, revved up with Thai chili and habanero. Add pep to a desultory sandwich, mix into midnight shrimp and grits or a morning Bloody Mary — or snack right from the jar while you drive.