Recipe: Grilled Maple-Brined Pork Chops
- 6 cups water
- 1/2 cup cider vinegar
- 1 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
- 12 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 1/2 cup kosher salt or coarse sea xalt
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary (or herbs of your choice) – I used fresh sage out of my garden
- 6-8 boneless pork chops
- Add all ingredients except the pork chops to a large pot, combine well, and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, allow to come to room temperature, and then refrigerate for one hour.
- Add the chops to the brine and refrigerate for 7 to 8 hours (no more than 12). Turn the chops halfway through the brining process.
- Remove the chops and pat them dry.
- Coat lightly with olive oil and a liberal amount of black pepper.
- Place chops on the hottest part of the grill and sear on each side for 2 minutes. Then move the chops to the medium-hot area of the grill, cover, and cook until they are done (145° for a pinker, moister chops; 160° for a more well-done chop).
- Serve immediately.
- I used four organic pork chops that were three to four ounces each, so I halved the ingredients for the brine. It was plenty.
- I started to brine the pork chops on Friday for dinner that night, but it turned out we weren’t going to be home for dinner. Chef Dennis suggested I pull the chops out of the brine after 8 hours (it was more like 10 hours when I pulled them out). I did, and I grilled them the next night. I’m sure that some quality was lost because I did this, so it will be interesting to see if they are even better next time I grill them directly from the brine.
Chef Dennis has 35 years of food experience, and he blogs about his recipes and his experiences cooking real food and teaching cooking at an all-girls school. This is the first time I’ve tried one of his recipes, but I’ve got several others marked as must-try recipes including his vegetarian lasagna and his crab cakes. I encourage you to spend some time looking around on his blog and follow More Than a Mount Full on Facebook so you never miss one of his recipes.
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