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I have recently started brining for all types of meats. It really does keep the meat juicy and tender, no more dried out meats for me. This may seem like a lot of ingredients, but it comes together quickly and easily and is well worth the effort! I have also used sourdough bread in place of the cornbread with equally good results. If you do not have access to the grill, these can be browned, then finished in the oven to an internal temp of 145 degrees. This is adapted from The Neelys on The Food Network. Prep time does not include brining time.
- 1⁄2 cup kosher salt
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
- 2 quarts water
- 4 pork chops, bone-in rib loin chops, split to bone (2-inch thick)
- 2 slices thick bacon
- 2 stalks celery, minced
- 1 small onion, minced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon freshly chopped rosemary
- 1 tablespoon freshly chopped sage leaf
- 2 tablespoons freshly chopped fresh parsley leaves
- 2 1⁄2 cups crumbled cornbread
- 1⁄4 cup dried cranberries
- 1⁄2 cup chicken broth
- salt & freshly ground black pepper
- Whisk salt and sugars in 2-quarts of cold water. Add pork chops and cover. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Remove the pork chops from the brine and dry well.
- In a large heavy saute pan, begin to fry bacon. Add celery, onion and garlic to pan and allow to saute with the crispy bacon. Add rosemary, sage and parsley after bacon has cooked for 8 to 10 minutes. Saute until fragrant. Season with salt and pepper.
- In a large bowl add cornbread, dried cranberries and chicken stock. Stir in the cooked vegetable mixture. Mix well.
- Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
- Season the pork chops with salt and pepper. Stuff the chop with about 1/2 cup of stuffing. Use toothpicks to help seal the chops. Grill the chops for 5 to 7 minutes per side. Internal temperature should be 145 degrees F. Allow chop to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
My family loved this! I made a few changes to the way it was prepared, but not to the ingredients. My pork chops were too thin to stuff, so I prepared double stuffing and put it on the bottom of a 9x13 pan, then I quick seared the chops in a pan (prob. not necessary), put them on top and covered with foil. Baked 350 for 30 minutes. Great!