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Tea-Brined Porterhouse Chops

Roasted or grilled these chops don’t disappoint

Recipe Courtesy of Chef Ashley Christensen and Pork Be Inspired

The black tea brine lends a complexity and moisture to the porterhouse chop. Pair the chop with a side of kale or mustard greens and some black-eyed peas.

Ready in
40 m


For the Black Tea Brine

  • 2 Cups water
  • 5 Tablespoons salt
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons black tea, loose
  • 3 Cups ice

For the Porterhouse Chops

  • 4 Porterhouse (bone-in loin) pork chops, 1 1/2-inch thick

For the Greens

  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 Bunch kale or mustard greens, washed, stems removed, torn into bite size pieces
  • 1 (15-ounce) Can black-eyed peas, drained
  • 1/4 Cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Lemon juice, to taste


For the Black Tea Brine

In a saucepot, combine the water, sugar, black tea and bring to a simmer. Stir until the sugar and salt dissolve, and then remove from heat. Allow the tea to steep for 3 to 5 minutes. Strain the mixture and combine with ice. Cool the mixture fully before submerging the pork chops. Brine the chops overnight (up to 8 hours) in a self-sealing bag or a container large enough to hold the chops, ensuring they are fully submerged.

For the Porterhouse Chops

Preheat oven to broil. Remove the brined chops and pat dry. Season the chops with salt and place on broiler pan, cook 2-3 minutes until seared on the first side, flip and sear 2-3 minutes until browned on both sides. When the chops are browned to your liking, lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Move broiler pan with chops to the center rack of the oven, cook 12-16 minutes more or until an internal temperature reaches between 145 degrees F. (medium-rare) to 160 degrees F. (medium). Allow to rest for 3 minutes.

For the Greens

Place a sauté pan over medium heat and add the butter and greens. Sauté until the greens wilt slightly, and then add 2 cups of black-eyed peas to warm them through. Add the heavy cream, season with salt and pepper and continue to cook and reduce until the cream coats the greens and peas. Taste and season with lemon juice and more salt and pepper if necessary.