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

How to Make Sea Salt and Citrus Brined Grilled Pork Chops


  • 1Boil one cup of the water and stir in the salt and honey to dissolve. Add this to the remaining cold water.
  • 2Add 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.)
  • 3Place the chops in a non-reactive container and pour the brine over.
  • 4Place in fridge and allow the meat to brine for 6-12 hrs.
  • 5About 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.
  • 6Heat 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.)

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About Sea Salt and Citrus Brined Grilled Pork Chops

Course/Dish: Pork, Steaks and Chops