Brined Pork Chops, bone-in chops are left to brine for 24 hours, then grilled and devoured! An easy and simple recipe for brined pork chops using ingredients already in your pantry.
Brined Pork Chops
Today I have a super fun recipe that seems complicated but it’s farrrrrr from it!
What does brining pork chops do?
The technique of brining meat is something done a lot in restaurants and kitchens all over! But, if you are just starting out cooking or don’t often stray from your comfort zone it can seem a little intimidating.
I love to try new techniques to dazzle my family around the dinner table. It’s fun to experiment and get their critiques while enjoying family time.
What do you brine pork chops in?
All brining is, is making a base solution of water, sugar, and salt.
Placing meat in it, in this case, bone-in pork chops and allowing it to sit in the liquid for a period of time. The results are astounding, extremely seasoned and flavorful meat that is super tender!
Why brine pork chops?
Even if you accidentally overcook these pork chops on the grill, the process of brining them just locks in the moisture and they don’t dry out as easily.
I served mine over Sausage Dirty Rice, a side of collard greens, and cornbread, of course! This was a knock-out dinner. Not too bad for a Tuesday night if you ask me.
4-5 days out of the week I really try to have a great home cooked meal on the table for us. Sure, it is just the two of us but we still love connecting over a meal as we wind down each day.
Sometimes it might just be some leftovers from the night before or a well thought out dinner like today’s post. As long as we are together, sharing a meal is what matters most to us.
How long brine pork chops?
This pork chop brine recipe calls for the pork chops to bring for up to 24 hours, or overnight.
The actual making of the pork chop brine is super quick, but letting pork chops sit for the recommended amount of time is the hard part!
It may take a little prepping and a lot of waiting but wow, the taste is just unbelievable, so worth it!
Can you over brine pork chops?
YES! I made the mistake of allowing some to brine for almost 48 hours and they were like a salt lick. DO NOT OVER BRINE!
This brine for pork chops works on all cuts of pork. It is also the perfect pork chop brine for smoking, grilling, and even oven baked pork chops, you really can’t go wrong!
Being the grilling freak that I am, I love to grill brined pork chops. Grilling to me just adds an extra dimension of flavor you can’t get from other cooking methods.
What is your favorite way to cook pork chops?!
How to brine pork chops:
Brined Pork Chops
- 1- quart water
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup kosher salt
- 1 bay leaf
- 6 cups ice
- 4 each bone-in pork chops 1- 1/2 inches thick
- 2 scallions thinly sliced for garnish (optional)
- Place first four ingredients in a large pot on high heat. Heat until sugar and salt is dissolved. Take off the stove and add in the ice. Liquid should no longer be hot, but cool to the touch. Add pork chops to the liquid, cover and allow to sit in the refrigerator for no longer than 24 hours.
- Before ready to grill, take chops out of liquid and pat dry with paper towels. Season with fresh cracked black pepper. Grill over medium heat until desired doneness. Garnish with scallions, optional