In a large saucepan with oil, saute jalapenos, carrots, onions and 3 cloves garlic. Add thyme, salt, 2 tablespoons of sugar and apple cider vinegar. Allow mixture to simmer until sugar and salt dissolve, about 5 minutes. *Do not boil* Strain vegetables. Fill jar with vegetable mixture and juice. Place in refrigerator for 30 to 60 minutes.
In a large bowl, mix together white vinegar, 1/2 cup sugar, pickling spice, red pepper flakes, salt, remaining 2 cloves of garlic and okra. Pour okra and juice into a tightly sealed jar and refrigerate for 30 to 60 minutes.