Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Brined Pork Chops

Last night we had Brined Pork Chops. I used Alton's Stuffed Grilled Pork Chop brine, but didn't stuff the chops. These always turn out well. I use whatever chops I have on hand. Last night it was butterflied chops. I used the brine as instructed and grilled about 7 minutes on a side. They turned out really well.

Brined Pork Chops

4 double thick bone-in loin end pork chops
1 cup salt
1 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1 tablespoon mustard powder
2 cups cider vinegar, heated
1 pound ice cubes

In a plastic container put the salt, sugar, peppercorns, and mustard powder. Add the hot vinegar and swirl to dissolve. Let mixture sit for 5 to 10 minutes to develop flavor. Add ice cubes and shake to melt most of the ice. Add chops and cover with brine. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
Remove chops from container and rinse. Grill 6-7 minutes on a side. Let rest a few minutes and enjoy.

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