There's a fantastic produce sale near me and I noticed the cucumbers used for making dill pickles are selling at a fantastic price, so I'm going to take a stab at making dill pickles. I've been lax on canning this summer so I'm hoping this venture gets me more "into it". There's so many things I'd like to make before the growing season winds down. I'm going to pick up a ton of cucumbers in the morning. I have all of the things needed to make them including packages of all the seasonings for the pickles. Since I've never done pickles I was wondering if there's any good tips you might have for having them turn out great, or any pit falls to avoid. These cucumbers are great for pickling, but they are a bit large so I'm going to have to make them thick sliced dills, not whole. Not sure if that makes a difference in the end product or not. I know many of you do your own canning, so any tips would be awesome. I can't wait for tomorrow to take a stab at them . Later in the week I'd like to take a stab at making and canning some sauces. As in bbq sauces or marinades or something. My S/O has been saying he'd like to make our own for grilling so I thought I'd see too if any of you have any good recipes, the only thing we don't like is that really smoky type flavoring.