Brined Maple Mustard Pork Chops

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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.

  • Portion size 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless pork loin chop (3/4 inch/ 2 cm thick), about 440 g
Brine:
  • 2 tablespoons each brown sugar and coarse salt
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 6 fresh sage leaf
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorn
  • 2 cups Ice water
Maple Mustard Glaze:
  • 1/3 cup apple jelly
  • 1 tablespoon grainy mustard
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Method

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 facts per serving: about

  • Fibre trace
  • Sodium 188 mg
  • Sugars 7 g
  • Protein 17 g
  • Calories 133.0
  • Total fat 2 g
  • Potassium 229 mg
  • Cholesterol 34 mg
  • Saturated fat 1 g
  • Total carbohydrate 12 g

%RDI

  • Iron 4.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 1.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 1.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 0.0
  • Vitamin C 2.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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