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Brined Pork Chops

  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 2 hr 25 min
  • Ingredients 10
  • Servings 4
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Brining is an easy way to have moist and delicious pork chops every time. We use rosemary here, but sage, thyme and oregano would all be great options. MORE+ LESS-

Ingredients

3
cups warm water
2
tablespoons kosher salt
2
tablespoons packed brown sugar
1
cup ice cubes
1
clove garlic, peeled and coarsely chopped
3
teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves
3
teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
4
boneless pork chops, 3/4 inch thick (5 oz each)
1
tablespoon vegetable oil
1/4
teaspoon black pepper

Steps

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  • 1
    In ungreased 13 x 9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish, mix warm water, salt and brown sugar. Stir until sugar and salt are dissolved. Stir in ice cubes, garlic, 2 teaspoons of the rosemary and 2 teaspoons of the thyme. Place pork chops in brine; cover and refrigerate 30 minutes to 2 hours.
  • 2
    Remove pork chips from brine; pat dry with paper towel. Discard brine. In 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add pork chops; cook 8 to 12 minutes, turning once, until pork is no longer pink and meat thermometer inserted in center reads 145°F. Sprinkle pork chops with pepper, remaining 1 teaspoon rosemary and remaining 1 teaspoon thyme. Let stand 5 minutes.

Expert Tips

The brine mixture can be placed in a large resealable food-storage plastic bag instead of the 13 x 9-inch dish. Be sure and check it for leaks before using.

Brining adds moisture to pork chops or chicken. Try brining before grilling to make sure your meat is moist and delicious!

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
230
Calories from Fat
90
% Daily Value
Total Fat
10g
15%
Saturated Fat
2 1/2g
13%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
90mg
29%
Sodium
960mg
40%
Potassium
490mg
14%
Total Carbohydrate
2g
1%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
2g
Protein
32g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
6%
6%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 4 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
0
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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