Brine your chops this weekend with our Pork Chop Brine recipe. Get juicy, succulent pork chops grilled or in the oven when you use this Pork Chop Brine.
What You Need
Original recipe yields 8 servings
1 qt. (4 cups) water, divided
1/4 cup HEINZ Distilled White Vinegar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup kosher salt
6 cloves garlic, peeled
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 tsp. crushed red pepper
8 bone-in pork chops (2 lb.), 3/4 inch thick
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Let's Make It
Reserve 1-1/2 cups water for later use. Pour remaining water into large saucepan. Add all remaining ingredients except ice and chops; stir. Bring to boil, stirring frequently; simmer on medium-low heat 5 min., stirring occasionally. Pour into large heatproof bowl.
Add enough ice to reserved water to measure 1 qt. (4 cups). Add to brine in large bowl; stir. Cool. Add chops. Refrigerate 4 hours.
Heat grill to medium-high heat. Remove chops from brine; discard brine. Pat chops dry with paper towels. Grill 4 to 5 min. on each side or until done (145ºF). Remove from grill. Let stand 3 min. before serving.
How to Broil the Brined Pork Chops
Refrigerate chops in prepared brine as directed; drain, then pat dry. Heat broiler. Place chops on rack of broiler pan sprayed with cooking spray. Broil, 6 inches from heat, 8 to 10 min. or until done (145ºF), turning after 5 min. Remove chops from broiler; let stand 3 min. before serving.
How to Pan-Fry the Brined Pork Chops
Refrigerate chops in prepared brine as directed; drain, then pat dry. Heat large heavy skillet sprayed with cooking spray on medium-high heat. Add chops; cook 2 to 3 min. on each side or until lightly browned on both sides. Reduce heat to medium; cook additional 2 to 3 min. on each side or until chops are done (145ºF). Remove from heat. Let stand 3 min. before serving.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g
Saturated Fat 3g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 2g
Dietary Fibers 0g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.