Basic Pork Brine

Basic Pork Brine is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Servings: 6

Brining pork chops, even for a short time, provides a little wiggle room on doneness. If you cook the meat for a minute or so too long, the brine will help keep the pork moist. After placing the pork in the brine, refrigerate until ready to cook.

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups water 
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar 
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar 
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme 
  • 1 tsp. juniper berries (optional) 
  • 1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes 
  • 2 Tbs. kosher salt  
  • 1 Tbs. freshly ground black pepper 

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine the water, vinegar, sugar, thyme, juniper berries, red pepper flakes, salt and black pepper, and stir until the sugar and salt dissolve. Use immediately. Makes about 6 1/2 cups, or enough for 4 to 6 pork chops.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Grill Master, by Fred Thompson (Weldon Owen, 2011).

Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite Brine for pork chops Wonderful recipe for a brine. After grilling for decades, my wife just said these were the 'best' pork chops I ever grilled! I skipped the juniper berries, we didn't have any on hand and set the chops in the brine for 5 hours and they were grilled to perfection very moist and tender. I also threw in a few apple wood chips on the fire for a hint of a smoked flavor. Really, the best ever, we always trust Williams & Sonoma for cook wear, books and recipes.
Date published: 2016-02-29
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