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Moist Baked Pork Chops

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"For perfectly prepared pork chops (preferably bone-in) you must brine them for at least 1 to 2 hours and pick chops that are at least 1/2 to 1-inch thick. The success to this dish is the brine for moistness. There are many brine variations out there for what flavor you are wanting to accomplish but, it is an important part of the overall dish."
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1 h 30 m servings 309
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Combine cold water, salt, peppercorns, and bay leaf for brine in a bowl. Place pork chops in a shallow baking dish and pour the brine over top. Let sit for 1 to 2 hours.
  2. Meanwhile, combine brown sugar, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, mustard powder, salt, and pepper for rub in a small mixing bowl.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  4. Remove pork chops from brine, rinse under cold water, and pat dry. Rub pork chops generously on both sides with the seasoning mix. Discard brine.
  5. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to the hot skillet. Add pork chops to the hot oil and sear until browned, 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. Turn pork chops and place skillet in the preheated oven. Bake until no longer pink in the center, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from the oven, tent with aluminum foil, and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.


  • Cook's Note:
  • I serve these topped with "Chef John's Nectarine Salsa". The salsa does require extra time, but you will love the combo!

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 309 calories; 14.2 29 16.8 45 5980 Full nutrition

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This recipe turned out excellent, although I ended up brining it for 24 hours instead of 2. I was concerned it might be too salty, but the chops were flavourful, moist and tender. The cooking ti...