Peppercorn Brined Pork Chops

Peppercorn Brined Pork Chops
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Peppercorn Brined Pork Chops

Frances Janisch

Peppercorn Brined Pork Chops

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 18g 28%
  • Carbs 15g 5%
  • Saturated 6g 30%
  • Fiber 1g 4%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 13g
  • Monounsaturated 7g
  • Polyunsaturated 2g
  • Protein 42g 83%
  • Cholesterol 137mg 46%
  • Sodium 3,733mg 156%
  • Calcium 71mg 7%
  • Magnesium 62mg 15%
  • Potassium 755mg 22%
  • Iron 2mg 9%
  • Zinc 4mg 24%
  • Phosphorus 424mg 61%
  • Vitamin A 8µg 1%
  • Vitamin C 12mg 20%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 65%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 23%
  • Niacin (B3) 13mg 66%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 72%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 2µg 1%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 18%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 0mg 2%
  • Vitamin K 7µg 8%
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