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National Pickle Month in May & Memorial Day through Labor Day

(Recipes below)
May marks national pickle month so from the beginning of summer through Labor Day, barbecues, picnics and parties will be top of mind for most.  Whether you are planning an extravagant event or hosting a small gathering, fabulous, mouthwatering dishes are sure to be the hit of any summertime celebration.

     Spring and summer are all about picnics, barbecues and delicious dishes galore. Instead of the same old recipes this year, let Vlasic Pickles add a little flavor, crunch and munch to your favorite dishes! Did you know that people are more likely to eat a pickle with a sandwich rather than by itself?

     The maker’s of Vlasic® Pickles have partnered with award winning chef, host of Barbecue America and famous cookbook author of The Big Book of Barbecue Sides and Grilling America, Rick Browne, to share easy and delicious recipes that will make your summertime party sizzle:


Serves 4


    • 1 lb. fresh Ahi tuna, finely chopped or ground
    • 1/4 cup Vlasic® Sweet Relish
    • Vlasic Spears and Vlasic Bread and Butter Chips
    • 1/4 cup chopped shallots
    • 1/2 cup egg whites, lightly beaten
    • 1/3 cup dry breadcrumbs
    • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
    • Cocktail rye bread rounds


In a large bowl mix the tuna, relish, shallots, egg whites, breadcrumbs, and mayonnaise together and stir to fully incorporate all the flavors and textures.

Make burgers out of the mix, approximately 6 tablespoons of mixture makes 1 burger.

Prepare barbecue grill for medium-high heat and spray the grill well with a grilling spray.

Cook the burgers over direct heat about 1 1/2 minutes a side or until medium rare inside.

Serve on a roll topped with Vlasic Bread and Butter Pickles and serve with you favorite Vlasic Pickle on the side.

® 2007 By Rick Browne, Barbecue America


Serves 4


    • 1 pkg. hot dogs
    • 4 strips of bacon
    • 8 slices of extra sharp cheddar cheese
    • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce 
    • Yellow Mustard
    • Celery salt & pepper
    • Vlasic® Kosher Dill Spears


Cut each hot dog almost in half lengthwise.  Spread apart and brush inside of each dog with mustard and barbecue sauce.  Sprinkle with celery salt & pepper.

Grill bacon until it’s just firm, drain and cut into quarters (cut in half lengthwise and widthwise).  Fold each cheese slice in half lengthwise, then fold in half lengthwise again.  Place in hot dog, and put a 1/4 of bacon on either side of cheese.  Tie hot dog partially closed in two places with butchers twine.

Place dogs on grill with the cut side up, and cook over high heat until browned on bottom and both sides (approx. 8 minutes).
Remove twine from dogs and serve them on buns you’ve buttered and toasted on the grill.

Serve with Vlasic Kosher Dill Spears or your favorite Vlasic Pickle
® 2007 By Rick Browne, Barbecue America

An easy kids’ favorite!
Serves 4-6


    • 6 pieces of turkey (your favorite packaged brand)
    • 6 slices of Swiss (or Cheddar) cheese
    • 20 Vlasic® Bread & Butter Pickle Chips
    • Sliced Tomato
    • Your favorite whole grain bread

Assemble Dagwood sandwiches this way- layering

    • Bread
    • 1 slice of turkey
    • 1 slice of cheese
    • 1 slice of tomato
    • 1 pickle chip
    • **Repeat above**

Top off with another piece of bread, cut in half and dig in!

Serve these Dagwood “sandwiches” as snacks cut in small pieces or in halves while watching your favorite football, baseball, hockey, soccer, basketball, or volleyball team play.

® 2007 By Rick Browne, Barbecue America

Don’t forget these classic pickle tray tips for the perfect crunchy, juicy snack or side – all the crunch and flavor without the calories or fat:


    • Pick your platter, preferably in a pickle shape or tray with separate compartments to keep flavors separate

    • For variety of crunch, texture and color fill the tray with Vlasic® whole pickles, pickle spears, pickle chips and peppers for munching

    • Bowl them over! Serve your guests straight from the bowl with toothpicks so they can crunch and munch without fat or calories

    • For more crunch and flavor add stackers and relish to crackers, hotdogs, burgers or sandwiches

Vlasic pickles are available in nine key segments including Kosher Dill Spears, Bread and Butter Chips, Ovals, Sweet Whole Gherkins, Large Whole Dills, Stackers, Relish and Peppers. Look for the familiar Stork character on the bottle in supermarkets near you.   For more information about Vlasic, please visit

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