Sea Salt and Citrus Brined Grilled Pork Chops

cindy sandberg


I love brining pork and chicken. It makes the meat so tender and flavorful. This is a brine I came up with for some pork chops I grilled for dinner the other night. It didn't disappoint!

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1/2-3/4in. pork chops
2 qt
water, divided
1/2 c
sea salt(more if the salt is very coarse)
1/2 c
honey(or brwn. sugar)
orange, juiced
lime, juiced
lemon, juiced
1/2 tsp
zest from each fruit
1 tsp
1/4 tsp
garlic powder
pinch of cayenne
several grinds of black pepper

Directions Step-By-Step

Boil one cup of the water and stir in the salt and honey to dissolve. Add this to the remaining cold water.
Add the juices, zest and spices and stir to combine. Chill in fridge until mixture is cool. (a quicker method to cool the brine is to add a few ice cubes.)
Place the chops in a non-reactive container and pour the brine over.
Place in fridge and allow the meat to brine for 6-12 hrs.
About 30 min. before you're ready to cook, take the chops out of the fridge, rinse them well and let them sit at room temp.
Heat a grill, grill pan or heavy skillet over med-hi heat. Add a light coating of oil to the grill or grill pan, or brush the chops with oil. Put them on the grill or the pan and cook for approximately 4-5 min. per side(or until your preferred level of doneness.)

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pork, Steaks and Chops