Tested till perfect Brined Maple Mustard Pork Chops
Brined Maple Mustard Pork Chops
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Brined Maple Mustard Pork Chops

Brining is a super-easy make-ahead solution that adds flavour and prevents meat from drying out, so it's great for pork. We've used boneless pork loin chops for easier slicing.

By Irene Fong and The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: June 2014

Recipe4 out of 5 based on 31 ratings.
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  • Prep time 20 minutes
  • Total time 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Portion size 6 to 8 servings


  • 4 4boneless pork loin chopboneless pork loin chops, (3/4 inch/ 2 cm thick), about 440 g


  • 2 tbsp 2tbspeach brown sugar, and coarse salt
  • 1 cup 1cupboiling water
  • 6 6fresh sage leaffresh sage leaves
  • 2 2cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp 1tspblack peppercornblack peppercorns
  • 2 cups 2cupsIce water

Maple Mustard Glaze:

  • 1/3 cup 1/3cupapple jelly
  • 1 tbsp 1tbspgrainy mustard
  • 1 tbsp 1tbspmaple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tsppepper
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Brine: In shallow dish, dissolve sugar and salt in boiling water. Add sage, garlic and black peppercorns. Stir in ice water; let cool completely, about 15 minutes. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.)

Add pork chops to brine. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. Remove pork chops from brine; pat dry. Discard brine. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)

Maple Mustard Glaze: Meanwhile, in small saucepan, stir together apple jelly, mustard, maple syrup and pepper. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer, stirring, until mixture is thickened and coats back of spoon, about 5 minutes.

Place chops on greased grill over medium heat; close lid and grill, turning once, until juices run clear when pork is pierced and just a hint of pink remains inside, about 6 minutes. Brush with glaze during last 2 minutes.

Nutritional Information per serving: about

cal 133 pro 17g total fat 2g sat. fat 1g
carb 12g dietary fibre 0 sugar 7g chol 34mg
sodium 188mg potassium 229mg


calcium 1 iron 4 vit C 2 folate 1
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