Recipe: Pork Chop Brine
Nothing loosens up those stiff muscles quite like a soak in the tub. Pork chops would agree! Before you toss those chops on the grill this summer, let them unwind in a relaxing brine bath. Simply put, a brine is a liquid solution that includes salts. The salt helps break up protein or muscle fibers resulting in a juicer, more flavorful chop. Check out this great brine recipe!
1/4 cup kosher salt
1/4 cup molasses
2 whole cloves
1/2cup boiling water
3 ½ cups cold water
2 boneless pork chops
1/4 teaspoon vegetable oil
- Combine salt, molasses, cloves, and boiling water in a large container. Stir until molasses and salt are dissolved; let cool to room temperature.
- Pour cold water into molasses mixture; stir to combine.
- Completely submerge pork chops in molasses mixture. Cover container and refrigerate for 6 hours.
- Remove pork chops from brine and pat dry with paper towels. Lightly oil each chop.
- Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.
- Place pork chops on the hottest part of the grill; cook each side until browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a medium-high area of the grill and cook pork until it is slightly pink in the center, 6 to 8 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the chop should read 145 degrees F.