Coal Region Hot Pickled Ring Bologna with Beer

Hot Ring Bologna with Beer

Eat your heart out, dusty bowl of peanuts, there is a new bar snack in town- Hot Pickled Ring Bologna. Well, there isn’t anything really new about this bizarre fermented watering hole fare. Hot pickled ring bologna is a staple in many Pennsylvania coal region bars, often paired perfectly with a cold pint of beer. But, why not kill two birds with one stone by just soaking the bologna with a bottle of brown ale? Spicy, fatty and full of beer -sounds like the perfect snack to me.

Hot Pickled Ring Bologna with Beer

  • Servings: 12-16
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 1/2 ring bologna, sliced into smaller rounds
  • 1 tbsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 3/4 – 1 bottle of brown ale, depending
  • 3/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper


  1. Cut ring of bologna in pieces, about 2 inches long and place into a glass mason jar.
  2. Add crushed red pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic, cumin, and salt.
  3. Mix white vinegar over the bologna. Fill the rest of the jar with beer, which will equal approximately 3/4 to 1 full bottle of beer.
  4. Shake well, place the lid on the mason jar and refrigerate. Let the bologna sit for at least 2 days.

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