A classic refrigerator pickled beet.
Bring all ingredients except beets to a boil in a 2- to 3-quart saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Cover and simmer a few minutes.
Add beets to a very clean or sterilized jar, pour the hot brine over. Cool to room temperature, cover and refrigerate.
Keeps six to eight weeks in the fridge.
If you are pickling to can and store, there is a whole different process. This is for the refrigerator, only.
When the beets are gone, the brine can be brought back up to a boil and reused for another batch. It just gets better and better.