Sea Salt and Citrus Brined Grilled Pork Chops

★★★★★ 1 Review
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By cindy sandberg
from carlisle, IN

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!

Ingredients

  • 6
    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)
  • 1
    orange, juiced
  • 1
    lime, juiced
  • 1/2
    lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 tsp
    zest from each fruit
  • 1 tsp
    cumin
  • 1/4 tsp
    garlic powder
  • pinch of cayenne
  • several grinds of black pepper
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How To Make

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

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