Rating: 3.93 stars
124 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 51
  • 4 star values: 40
  • 3 star values: 13
  • 2 star values: 13
  • 1 star values: 7

Marinate center-cut pork chops in the pickling liquid of store-bought dill pickles: sounds strange, but it's a winner!

Recipe Summary test

prep:
5 mins
cook:
16 mins
additional:
8 hrs
total:
8 hrs 21 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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  • Arrange pork chops in a shallow dish. Cover with pickle juice. Marinate in refrigerator at least one hour, but I recommend from 8 to 24 hours.

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  • Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat, and lightly oil grate.

  • Drain pork chops and discard marinade. Cook the pork chops on the preheated grill until no longer pink in the center, 6 to 8 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).

Cook's Note:

You can also cook these under the broiler, or on an indoor grill.

Nutrition Facts

4 calories; protein 0g; carbohydrates 1.1g; fat 0g; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 1113mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (104)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
VERY GOOD! Our family loves pork chops and I must say these have been the most tender and tasty chops I have ever had on the grill. The pickle juice marinade gives it a unique taste and were they were enjoyed by all. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/14/2009
So I found this recipe earlier today and decided to give it a try. It seems most of the pork chop recipes I found on this site and many others consisted of soy sauce and brown sugar. I was happy to find something different & low carb (with great reviews). I was very pleased with this recipe.. but there was no WOW factor. Dill pickle juice was a very unique marinade idea. I did add a jalapeno, garlic and red pepper flakes to the pickle juice marinade. And the porkchops did come out very tender and quite good...but it wasn't the be all end all. But I will make it again when I have used the last pickle in the house. For the newbie culinary folks this is a great recipe. I would suggest roasting a pork roast in a cooking bag with the pickle juice. Very impressive! Just add some extra herbs and a little salt. And I agree with others when they suggest not to tell your family or friends how you flavored the meat. They will be pleasantly surprised to find out the flavor came from pickle juice. But the pickle juice is only the base. There is extreme room to enhance this recipe. Read More
(22)
124 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 51
  • 4 star values: 40
  • 3 star values: 13
  • 2 star values: 13
  • 1 star values: 7
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
VERY GOOD! Our family loves pork chops and I must say these have been the most tender and tasty chops I have ever had on the grill. The pickle juice marinade gives it a unique taste and were they were enjoyed by all. Read More
(44)
Rating: 5 stars
03/23/2009
I'm giving this recipe 5 stars for innovative thinking and surprisingly good results. I still think it needs a little black pepper, maybe some chili flakes - but I'm not going to harp on it. The whole time this was marinating I thought I may have finally gone too far left in the weird recipe category and would end up tossing 4 pounds of pork loin, but we were ALL very impressed with the finished product. Afer thawing and marinating in the pickle juice (I also used some pepperoncini juice - same diff - as I ran low on pickle juice) for about 20 hours, and cooking on the indoor grill for about 7 minutes total, this pork was super-tender, flavorful, delicious. And not nearly as pickle-in-yer-face as I thought it was going to be. I have a little leftover that I'm going to make cold pork sandwiches with on french rolls. Little mayo and black pepper (possibly a pickle or 2) and I will be in business. Thanks for the recipe!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2006
Absolutely scrumptious! My friends couldn't guess what our pork ribs were marinated in! I grilled them but didn't use any other kind of sauce on them. Didn't turn green as one reviewer said...rofl. I too used Clausen's dill juice which I'm not above drinking right out of the jar! Highly recommend whether one likes pickles or not. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/14/2009
So I found this recipe earlier today and decided to give it a try. It seems most of the pork chop recipes I found on this site and many others consisted of soy sauce and brown sugar. I was happy to find something different & low carb (with great reviews). I was very pleased with this recipe.. but there was no WOW factor. Dill pickle juice was a very unique marinade idea. I did add a jalapeno, garlic and red pepper flakes to the pickle juice marinade. And the porkchops did come out very tender and quite good...but it wasn't the be all end all. But I will make it again when I have used the last pickle in the house. For the newbie culinary folks this is a great recipe. I would suggest roasting a pork roast in a cooking bag with the pickle juice. Very impressive! Just add some extra herbs and a little salt. And I agree with others when they suggest not to tell your family or friends how you flavored the meat. They will be pleasantly surprised to find out the flavor came from pickle juice. But the pickle juice is only the base. There is extreme room to enhance this recipe. Read More
(22)
Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2011
Wasn't quite sure what to expect but I thought I might give it a whirl and am I glad I did. I used claussen's Kosher dill brine for the marinade. I checked the reviews and some said the chops tasted like a dill pickle. Well I suppose so with a hamburger dill brine. I found the claussen's to be milder and flavorful without over powering the pork chops. I grilled my chops and they came out juicy and tender. Will definitely make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/17/2005
Who would have thought pickle juice. This was awesome! I only marinated for a couple of hours but it still had the best flavor and very tender. If you're like my husband and only like pork chops a little you have to try this (even if you don't like pickles). It's a whole new experience! Can't wait to try this with other types of meat. The secret is out thanks for sharing Karen! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/19/2005
I was looking for chicken marinades and saw this. I tried this with chicken breasts. It was so yummy. I will definitely try again and also try with pork chops. We always have pickle juice- Claussen. We love pickles! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
03/22/2016
I'll try a lot of things once. Tasted too much like pickles. Read More
(9)
Rating: 4 stars
05/01/2009
I used 5 pork chops sliced off a tenderloin and added the pickle juice in when I froze the meat. When I cooked them I pan fried in olive oil to brown on both sides then deglazed the pan with water. Placed all in a baking dish baked at 350. My guests raved over it and couldn't believe that plain ole pickle juice gave such good flavor. They were the most tender chops I've had. Read More
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