Apple Cider Brined Pork Chops Recipe

The secret to moist and delicious pork chops is to first brine or soak them in a mixture of water, apple cider, maple syrup and salt.
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  • Apple Cider Brine:
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup table salt
  • 2 pounds bone-in pork chops, about 3/4-inch thick, trimmed
  • Olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons McCormick® Grill Mates® Pork Rub
5 mins
10 mins

1. For the Brine, pour cold water, apple cider and syrup into large plastic or glass container, or 2-gallon resealable plastic bag. Stir in salt until dissolved. Place pork chops in brine to cover. If necessary, place a plate on top of pork chops to keep them submerged. Cover container or seal bag.


2. Refrigerate at least 2 hours. Remove pork chops from brine. Discard remaining brine. Rinse pork chops under cool running water. Pat dry. Brush pork chops lightly with oil. Rub with Pork Rub.


3. Grill over medium heat 4 to 6 minutes per side or until pork is desired doneness.

Test Kitchen Tip: To prepare Brine without apple cider and maple syrup, increase water to 8 cups and add 1/2 cup sugar. Stir until sugar and salt are dissolved.
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Nutrition (per serving)
Calories: 195 Calories
Fat: 11 Grams
Protein: 21 Grams
Cholesterol: 70 Milligrams
Carbohydrates: 3 Grams
Sodium: 510 Milligrams
Fiber: 0 Grams

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