How can we turn up the flavor on regular pork chops? We've got three good ways, including a dry rub, a brine, and your favorite cola.
San Francisco Pork Chops
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Pork chops have a serious identity crisis. They should always be delicious, given their close proximity to the wondrous world of bacon. But too often, they just aren't. We'll show you how to turn up the flavor when you cook pork chops.

How can we turn up the flavor on regular pork chops? We've got 3 good ways:

1. Have a Coke and a Smile

Cola Onion Pork Chops
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Yep, good ol' cola. Believe it or not, if you use your favorite cola as a marinade for pork, it's delicious. It's so simple and so good, as a matter of fact, it's almost embarrassing to admit to it. (The other difficult part is realizing your favorite soft drink actually tenderizes meat this quickly!)

Try these recipes for pork marinated in cola:

Related: Whether you're baking, grilling, pan-frying, or broiling them, here's How to Cook Pork Chops.

2. Into the Brine

Maple-Brined Pork Loin
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Brine isn't just for turkeys at Thanksgiving, you know. If you're dealing with lean meat, brining is the best way to make sure it doesn't dry out. Basically, when you brine something, you get a bigger window in which it'll turn out moist and juicy. It's like insurance for your dinner that happens to taste great.

Try these pork brine recipes:

3. Rub-a-Dub-Dub

Everything Pork Dry Rub
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A good dry rub is a game-changer. Yes, you could buy a dry rub at the supermarket, but really, it's the sort of thing that's so much better when you make it at home. The trick is to make a big batch and keep it in a small, airtight container. Then you always have it on hand. Plus, a good rub for pork'll be just as good on chicken or beef.

Try these dry rub recipes:

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