Peppercorn Brined Pork Chops

Peppercorn Brined Pork Chops
Frances Janisch


  • quarts water
  • 1/2 Cup  coarse salt
  • 1/2 Cup  sugar
  • 1/4 Cup  whole black peppercorns
  • dried habanero pepper
  • boneless 1 1/2-inch-thick pork chops*
  •   Thyme sprigs, for garnish

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Who doesn’t love a big, juicy, grilled pork chop? This recipe is so simple and takes only minutes in the kitchen. We like to brine our pork chops for 24 hours, so we make the brine a day ahead of time. We are enamored of European pork, which tends to have a higher fat content than its American counterpart, but the brine adds moisture that your pork might otherwise lack. If you can get locally raised, free-range pork from a farm stand or butcher, you will be rewarded with some of the most succulent pig you have ever sunk your teeth into.

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In a pot, bring the water to a rolling boil over high heat. Add the salt, sugar, peppercorns, and habanero. Cover and boil for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature.

When the brine is cool, place the pork chops in the brine. Make sure that they are completely submerged. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

When you’re ready to cook the pork chops, preheat the grill for at least 10 minutes so it will be hot enough to sear the meat. Pat the pork chops dry with paper towels and grill them until a meat thermometer reads 150 degrees, 4-5 minutes on each side. Let rest for 3 minutes before serving.


*Note: We usually use boneless pork chops for even cooking times. In our childhood, everyone, including our mothers, teachers, and the media, warned against eating undercooked pork. The beauty about brining pork chops is that the salt kills most of the bacteria so you don’t have to overcook the meat until it is dry and inedible. Brined meats remain moist, juicy, and, most of all, delicious.


Calories per serving:

398 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 145g 223%
  • Carbs 123g 41%
  • Saturated 48g 240%
  • Fiber 9g 36%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 103g
  • Monounsaturated 57g
  • Polyunsaturated 19g
  • Protein 334g 667%
  • Cholesterol 1,098mg 366%
  • Sodium 29,866mg 1,244%
  • Calcium 567mg 57%
  • Magnesium 495mg 124%
  • Potassium 6,038mg 173%
  • Iron 13mg 74%
  • Zinc 29mg 194%
  • Phosphorus 3,394mg 485%
  • Vitamin A 61µg 7%
  • Vitamin C 96mg 159%
  • Thiamin (B1) 8mg 521%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 3mg 183%
  • Niacin (B3) 106mg 531%
  • Vitamin B6 11mg 572%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 17µg 4%
  • Vitamin B12 8µg 141%
  • Vitamin D 8µg 2%
  • Vitamin E 3mg 13%
  • Vitamin K 53µg 67%
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