For the dip: Combine the buttermilk, mustard, egg yolk, horseradish and lemon juice in a food processor and process until the mixture forms a wet puree; add a few drops of water if needed. Drizzle in the oil until an emulsion is formed. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and a pinch of white pepper. Taste and add more lemon juice as needed. Chill until ready to serve.
For the beer-battered pickles: Heat the oil to 375 degrees in a deep-fryer or Dutch oven.
Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cayenne, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a pinch of pepper. In a separate bowl, whisk together the beer and buttermilk. Stir the wet mixture into the dry mixture.
Pat the pickle spears dry with a paper towel, dust with a little flour and coat with the beer batter. Carefully drop the pickles into the hot oil and cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with the dip.
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Consumption of raw or undercooked eggs, shellfish and meat may increase the risk of foodborne illness.
Recipe courtesy of Jesse Kimball, Executive Chef of Memphis Taproom in Philadelphia, PA.