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Brining pork chops is like upgrading to premium cable; once you do it, you can't go back to basic. Dissolve salt and molasses in water, toss in the chops, and wait. What do you get from such little effort? A pork chop that's seasoned from the inside out, with a firm, but very moist texture.

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
6 hrs
total:
6 hrs 25 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine salt, molasses, cloves, and boiling water in a large container. Stir until molasses and salt are dissolved; let cool to room temperature.

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  • 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 (63 degrees C).

Editor's Notes:

Chef John glazes these pork chops with his Carolina-Style Barbeque Sauce.

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the brine ingredients. The actual amount of the brine consumed will vary.

Always brine foods in a food-grade, non-reactive container such as a stainless steel or enameled stockpot, a brining bag, or a food-grade plastic bucket. Never use ordinary trash bags, plastic trash cans, or metal buckets or containers not meant for food use.

Nutrition Facts

346 calories; protein 24.2g; carbohydrates 31.2g; fat 13.5g; cholesterol 66.2mg; sodium 11472.7mg. Full Nutrition
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