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This is a recipe for pork loin chops brined in a salt-and-sugar spice marinade. Enhances the flavor, moisture, and tenderness of your chops. I serve these moist and tender chops with chunky applesauce and mashed potatoes for a tasty and easy weekday meal.


Recipe Summary

45 mins
6 hrs
6 hrs 55 mins
10 mins
8 pork chops


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Bring 1 cup water to a boil in a saucepan. Add salt, sugar, sage, and garlic powder. Remove from heat and stir until mostly dissolved. Add cold water to cool the brining mixture. Place pork chops in a plastic freezer bag or other airtight container. Add brining liquid, close tightly, and refrigerate for 6 hours.

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a baking dish with about 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil.

  • Drain pork chops, discarding brine. Place chops in the prepared dish and brush lightly with remaining olive oil.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until chops are no longer pink in the center and juice is clear, about 40 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).

Editor's Note:

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

Nutrition Facts

207 calories; protein 18.2g; carbohydrates 13.4g; fat 8.7g; cholesterol 45.2mg; sodium 5874.1mg. Full Nutrition