Deep-Fried Pickles

Recipe By: Alton Brown

Peanut oil
1 quarts dill pickles
1 cup buttermilk
2 cup plain cornmeal
1 tablespoons kosher salt -- plus more, if desired

Place enough peanut oil in a 4 to 5-quart cast iron Dutch oven to
come halfway up the side of the pot. Place over medium-high heat and
bring to 390 to 400 degrees F.
Remove the pickles from their brine and cut lengthwise into quarters,
like spears. Lay the spears on a sheet pan lined with paper towels
and pat them dry.

Place the buttermilk in 1 shallow dish and mix together the cornmeal
and salt in a separate dish. Dip each pickle, 1 at a time, first into
the buttermilk, then into the cornmeal and then repeat. Carefully
place each spear into the hot oil and cook until golden brown,
approximately 2 minutes. You can fry 3 to 4 pickles in the pot at a
time. Adjust the heat, if necessary, in order to maintain a constant
temperature of 390 to 400 degrees F. Transfer the pickles to a
cooling rack set in a half sheet pan and allow to cool for 5 minutes
before eating. Season with additional salt, if desired.