Apple Cider-Brined Pork Chops

Apple cider-brined pork chops are the perfect way to say farewell to summer and hello to fall. This easy pork chop recipe only needs a few minutes on the grill after it marinates all afternoon!

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  • Makes: 4 servings
  • Serving Size: 1 chop
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Marinate: 6 hrs
  • Grill: 7 mins

Apple Cider-Brined Pork Chops

Directions

  1. For brine, in a large saucepan bring the water, salt, brown sugar, thyme, peppercorns, and cloves to boiling over medium heat. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until sugar and salt dissolve, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in apple cider and ice cubes. Stir until ice cubes melt and brine is cool.
  2. Place pork chops in a large resealable plastic bag set in a shallow dish. Pour cooled brine over chops in bag; seal bag. Refrigerate for 6 to 12 hours, turning bag occasionally. Drain chops, discarding brine. Pat chops dry with paper towels. Lightly brush chops with olive oil.
  3. For a charcoal grill, grill chops on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 7 to 9 minutes or until chops are slightly pink in center (160 degrees F), turning once halfway through grilling. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place chops on grill rack over heat. Cover; grill as directed.)
  4. If desired, brush peppers and bread slices with olive oil. Add peppers to grill rack with chops. Grill about 8 minutes or until tender, turning occasionally. Add bread to grill rack during the last 2 to 4 minutes of grilling, turning once. Serve chops with peppers and bread.

From the Test Kitchen

Test Kitchen Tip

For a good all-purpose brine, use a ratio of 2 cups kosher salt per 1 gallon (16 cups) of liquid. If using table salt, which is denser than kosher salt, cut the amount in half.

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Nutrition Facts (Apple Cider-Brined Pork Chops)

  • Per serving:
  • 214 kcal ,
  • 6 g fat
  • (2 g sat. fat ,
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat ,
  • 2 g monounsaturated fat ),
  • 105 mg chol. ,
  • 1481 mg sodium ,
  • 5 g carb. ,
  • 0 g fiber ,
  • 5 g sugar ,
  • 33 g pro.
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