Beer-Brined Pork Chops

Beer-Brined Pork Chops Author: Canadian Living Credits: Beer-Brined Pork Chops

Brining the chops in beer gives you juicy, tender and tasty results. For a more intense flavour, use molasses instead of brown sugar. You can use your favourite beer in place of the dark lager or bock.

  • Portion size 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dark lager
  • 2 cups bock beer
  • 2 tablespoons coarse salt
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 4 bone-in pork chops 1 to 1-1/4 inches thick (about 2-1/2 lb/ 1.125 kg total)
Spice Rub:
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

Method

In baking dish, whisk together beer, salt and brown sugar; stir in ice cubes and onion. Submerge pork chops in mixture; cover and refrigerate for 12 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)

Spice Rub: In small bowl, combine paprika, pepper, garlic powder, brown sugar, cayenne pepper and thyme.

Remove chops from brine; pat dry with paper towel. Rub spice blend onto both sides of chops.

Place chops on greased grill over medium-high heat; close lid and grill until juices run clear when pork is pierced and just a hint of pink remains inside, about 4 minutes per side.

Nutritional facts Per serving: about

  • Fibre 1 g
  • Sodium 446 mg
  • Sugars 5 g
  • Protein 38 g
  • Calories 298.0
  • Total fat 10 g
  • Potassium 604 mg
  • Cholesterol 117 mg
  • Saturated fat 3 g
  • Total carbohydrate 9 g

%RDI

  • Iron 14.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 4.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 4.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 9.0
  • Vitamin C 3.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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