Brining pork chops is undoubtedly the best way to prepare them. After I did it once, I will no longer prepare them any other way. They are juicy and delicious and far better than any I've ever had before.
- 3 1⁄2 cups water
- 1⁄4 cup kosher salt
- 1⁄4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- 1 cup ice cube
- 4 bone in pork chops, about 3/4 to 1 inch thick (about 3 lbs. total)
- 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
- 1 tablespoon crushed fennel
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh sage
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons fresh coarse ground black pepper
- To brine the chops: Heat the water, salt, sugar and molasses in a pan, stirring occasionally, until the sugar and salt dissolve.
- Pour into a large zip-lock bag or a tupperware container and let cool down slightly, then add the ice cubes.
- When the brine is cold, add the chops.
- Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, but no more than 6.
- Remove the chops from the brine, dry completely with paper towels.
- Discard the brine.
- In a small bowl, combine the rub ingredients and mix well.
- Lightly rub the mixture into both sides of each pork chop.
- If using a gas grill, set one side on low, the other medium high.
- If using a charcoal grill, arrange the coals so that there are thicker and thinner layers of coals for varying degrees of heat.
- When the thicker layers of coals are hot, set the chops directly over them, or over the hottest part of the gas grill.
- Sear the chops over the hot area for about 1 1/2 minute.
- per side, then move them to the less hot areas.
- Cover the grill and continue to cook until the chops reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees F.
- (about 3 minutes more per side).
- Transfer to a platter and let rest, uncovered for about 5 minutes before serving.
- NOTE: You could cook this chops inside in a frying pan.
- Just cook the 1 1/2 minutes per side over medium high heat, then put the pan in the oven at 375 degrees and let the chops finish cooking.