Quick Brined Pork Chops Recipe

February 3, 2015

One of our iPhone app readers was nice enough to leave a review on the iTunes store. Their only comment was that he or she wished there was something about brining. We actually have done a few brining recipes, including an awesome brined pork roast as well as a brined turkey, but I’ll forgive them for not trying those yet. Instead of moping, I offer up yet another recipe, this time for brined pork chops!

Brining is a process that actually hydrates the cells of the meat, creating a really juicy and tender cut of meat for the grill. But wait, doesn’t that take a long time? I don’t have 12 hours here, I need to get dinner going! Well, that’s what makes this brined pork chops recipe so great! Lean cuts like pork chops actually take very little time for the brine to make a difference. Brine the pork chops for an hour, rub them down with a little fresh rosemary and throw them on the grill. That’s all there is to it!

  • Prep: 2 hrs
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yields: 4 Servings

Ingredients

4 cups water

4 tablespoons kosher salt

1.5 tablespoons sugar

Pork chops

black pepper

2 fresh rosemary sprigs

Directions

1Pour the water, salt, sugar and one sprig of rosemary into a small pot and heat over high heat on the stove. Save the other sprig of rosemary until later.

2Bring the solution to a simmer, stirring occasionally.

3Turn off the heat and remove the pot from the burner as soon as bubbles appear, we just need the water nice and hot, not boiling.

4Allow the brining solution to cool to room temperature in the pot. This is important, we don’t want to pour hot liquid over the pork chops or it will cook the meat!

5Place the pork chops in a glass dish and then pour the cooled brine over the meat.

6Place the dish in the refrigerator and allow to brine for an hour to an hour and a half.

7Remove the pork chops from the brine, rinse with cold water and then pat dry with paper towels.

8Mince the remaining sprig of rosemary and rub the pork chops with rosemary and fresh ground black pepper.

9Heat the grill to high heat, clean and lubricate the grates.

10Place the brined pork chops over the hottest part of the grill and cook for about 5 minutes.

11Flip the pork chops over to the other side and grill for an additional 5 minutes or until cooked through.

12Allow the pork chops to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

That’s it, another brining recipe and this time without the extreme time commitment! Let us know how it turns out.

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10 Reviews

Lori

September 12, 2017

Even quicker—-boil 2 cups brine. Add cold water to chill it down faster. Then add meat!

Lori

September 12, 2017

Even quicker—just boil 2 cups water. Add 2 cups cold water after to cool down quicker!!

Gary

August 16, 2017

Will try the brine soon, I’m sure it will work great. But I have a question: could I put frozen chops in the brine? That way they can thaw and brine at the same time.

Amiee

July 22, 2017

This was the first time we brined pork loin chops, ever! We grilled them and they turned out PERFECT! When I cut a piece of one off and it was so tender and juicy I was sure it wasn’t cooked all the way, just because I had never had one come off the grill so juicy and tender. (Lol) This is now our go to recipe from here on out. We didn’t have rosemary, so we replaced it with thyme and that really set it off. Thank you so very much!

Kath

July 10, 2017

Brined 1 1/2 inch pork chops using this recipe minus the rosemary for 1 hour and 15 minutes and found them too salty for my taste.
Would suggest brining for an hour and see if the salt suits your taste.
The chops were tender & juicy but I missed the Montreal steak spices I usually use on chops & couldn’t use this time because the spice blend has a lot if it’s own spice.

Judy

May 9, 2017

I used thyme instead of rosemary. Moist and delicious. Thank you.

Dave

January 19, 2017

Juiciest pork chops we’ve had for a long time, thank you

Lena

March 8, 2016

Thank You it was good! I added peppercorn. I will be using this again!!

Lena

March 8, 2016

good stuff!! I added peppercorn. I will be using this again!
Thank You

Jess

July 27, 2015

Quick, simple – I’ll be making this again!

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