A combination of chili powder and other herbs and spices make a spicy rub for pork chops. Brush with a spicy-sweet glaze in the last 2 minutes of cooking, and take the extra glaze to the table for even more goodness. We enjoyed these chops with simple sauteed zucchini and steamed white rice.

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prep:
15 mins
cook:
15 mins
additional:
2 hrs 30 mins
total:
2 hrs 60 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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Glaze:

Directions

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  • Combine water, salt, and sugar in a bowl and stir until the crystals are dissolved. Add pork chops, cover, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or up to 4 hours.

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  • Remove pork chops from the brine and shake off excess. Discard the remaining brine. Pat chops dry with paper towels and place on a plate or cutting board.

  • Combine chili powder, onion powder, salt, and white pepper in a small bowl. Distribute 1/2 of the rub mixture among the 4 chops and rub to coat the entire surface. Turn the chops and repeat. Allow chops to come to room temperature, about 30 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, combine apricot all-fruit spread, hoisin sauce, ginger, garlic, chili-garlic sauce, and lime juice for the glaze in a medium, microwave-safe bowl.

  • Microwave mixture on high for 3 minutes, stirring halfway through. Carefully remove glaze and set aside.

  • Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) if recommended by manufacturer. Spray each side of seasoned and rubbed chops with cooking spray.

  • Place chops in the air fryer in a single layer and air-fry for 8 minutes, turning halfway through.

  • Brush the tops of the chops with prepared glaze and air-fry until pork chops are no longer pink in the center, 2 to 3 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).

  • Sprinkle chops with minced parsley, and serve with remaining glaze.

Cook's Note:

Different air fryer brands and different sizes may affect cooking times. This recipe was prepared using a 5.3-quart, basket-style air fryer.

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

275 calories; protein 17.1g; carbohydrates 40.1g; fat 5.8g; cholesterol 41.3mg; sodium 3516.6mg. Full Nutrition
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