I wanted to share this recipe with you because it is so darn easy, and reliably produces juicy pork chops every single time! The key with this recipe is adding the chops in a brine, which results in juicier, more tender meat upon cooking. I personally do not add any other seasonings or sauces to the pork chops, and I find them delicious every. single. time.
You can add whatever herbs, spices, flavourings or sauces that you wish to this recipe. However, just the brined chops on their own make for a tasty meal. Sometimes simplicity is the best thing!
You can just use the salt if you wish to minimize your sugar intake. There isn’t much sugar, and the amount that will be absorbed into the meat is minimal. It adds a little something extra to the flavour, but you can try without if you prefer.
If I have the time, I will brine my chops for 2 hours. I have found that they are slightly juicier and more tender. However, the difference is not huge between a 2-hour and a 30-minute brine, so if you are short on time, don’t worry about it! I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do.
30 minPrep Time
2 minCook Time
32 minTotal Time
- 1 quart (4 cups) water
- 3 tbsp sea salt
- 1 tbsp coconut sugar or brown sugar (optional)
- 6 to 10 Pork chops, whatever cut you prefer
- In a glass or plastic container, mix the water, sea salt, and sugar of choice. Add the pork chops
- Allow chops to marinate in brine at room temperature for a minimum of 30 to 60 minutes. I often let them sit for 2 hours
- Remove chops from the brine and pat dry with paper towels
- Preheat a barbeque, grill or pan
- Cook chops for 1 to 2 minutes each side, depending on thickness. For thin chops, cook 30 seconds each side
- That's it! Bon appétit
For a quick meal, these pork chops are excellent with a salad, or sautéed greens. A side of cauliflower mash is also a great pairing.