Thursday, July 30, 2009

Damn Good Grilled Pork

Chris from Nibble Me This calls this Porkus Chopus Maximus, but I just call them Damn Good. Because brining is so versatile. it has become status quo for me especially with grilling.


Chris used thick cut bone in pork chops. Our local grocer had these lean, thick cut boneless chops on sale for $1.99 per lb. I just had to buy them!



The brine consisted of 2 cups of apple juice, 2 cups of water, 3/4 of a cup of turbinado sugar and 1/2 cup of coarse kosher salt. The pork chops were placed in a large re-sealable plastic bag and the brine poured over the chops. The chops were allowed to brine in the refrigerator for about 3 hours.




After brining, rinse and towel off the pork chops and add your massage your favorite dry rub on these babies. I used 1/4 cup turbinado sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup smokey paprika, 2 tablespoons of garlic powder, 1 tablespoon onion powder, 2 tablespoons of kosher salt, 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper, 1/2 tablespoon chipolte powder.




Sear the chops on both sides and then move them to in direct heat until they have an internal temperature of 150 degrees. Allow the chops to rest and the juices re-distribute for about 5 minutes.



You won't need any side dishes, these chops are total beasts all by themselves!



53 comments:

Katy ~ said...

LOL "total beasts". These sound lip smacking good! Love the ingredients for the brine as well as the rub. Terrific buy on the chops!

Jamie said...

Damn good and you are right! They look fantastic! I imagine I could do the same with thick veal chops? Apples go so well with both!

Donna-FFW said...

Oh my good lord do these sound fabulous.. They do look like a beastly meal in itself. Absolutely delicious, love the idea of brining!

buffalodick said...

Pork is usually quite a bargain, for what you get and can make with it! Your grilled pork on the grill photo says it all...

TavoLini said...

Good idea--I've not brined meat before. (wish I'd read this yesterday before I did my grocery shopping!)

Cathy said...

Too funny - I'm brining chicken tonight for the first time. I'll try these next weekend!

5 Star Foodie said...

The pork chops sound incredible! What a great idea to brine them - they must be so very tender and flavorful!

The Japanese Redneck said...

I had to look up Turbinado sugar because it's not something I've bought before. But wikidia says that you can substitute brown sugar for it.

They look good.

Ramona

Selba said...

I just had roasted pork that my mom cooked but looking at your grilled pork make me hungry again :)

Finsmom said...

This does look damn good! Nice job!

Chris said...

Wow, those do look good. I like the dry rub you put together, it looks perfect for any lean pork.

Cheryl said...

Those look amazing, I love to brine too!

Marjie said...

Brining is a good thing! I enjoy pork, although my littlest fussbudget says it's "blubby". Well, I can't please everyone, can I? You almost make me want to grill...

Marguerite said...

Kee-awww, sha! These look damn good, indeed! Sound perfect for company, coming this weekend. Thanks for the great recipe, Katherine!

The Blonde Duck said...

Those look delightful!

How's the new job?

Natashya said...

They look awesome! I love the flavours in that brine.

Pam said...

I really need to try brining - the chops look perfect.

Sophie said...

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMM,....that grilled pork looks just beautiful & so delicious!

Yummie!

Elra said...

Very tempting indeed. I am sure it tasted really good.

Kara said...

Yum, those look so good! I'll have to try the brine, I've heard it makes all meat better.

Mary said...

How good do these look! Brining makes all the difference for pork - especially on the grill. This is a great recipe.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Let's start off with everything you make is "damn good." You've totally convinced me that I need to start brining. I've been lazy; I need to get with it.
Sam

Claudia said...

I want the beasts and throw away the sides. Oh how grand! Beauty and the Beast?

LK- Healthy Delicious said...

lmao! I love both names. There's something about brining pork thats just oh so good....

Mary at My New 30 said...

Oh YUM!!! I've never brined pork before. All I can say is that end product looks pretty darned amazing!

tamilyn said...

I really need to try brining. It sounds so easy, but it intimidates me a bit. These do look damn good!

Pam said...

Brined pork chops are the best! I've never brined with apple juice, I'll have to give it a try!

Joanne said...

I am new to brining but I may never eat meat without it again. These look delicious, some of the best grilled chops I've ever seen.

knit1kids4 said...

Wow... do those sound good!

Stopping over from SITs

teresa said...

I have got to try this, I have never brined anything, I bet it's fantastic!

Patty said...

I agree with Kathy, "Lip-smakin good."

Photos are eye-smakin-good, too.

burpandslurp said...

With pork like that, I dont want any nasty side dishes taking up precious stomach space!

Lucy said...

LOVE, LOVE this!!! These chops look totally amazing... I must try this real soon... well maybe today!!!

KUDOS!

Debbie said...

My mouth is watering just looking at these Katherine! They look terrific!

Bunny said...

Oh I have to try this is looks delicious!

pigpigscorner said...

They sure look and sound good! Brining makes meat juicy and tasty!

Coleen's Recipes said...

These look wonderful, I love the carmelized bits on the final product!!

Julie said...

They look like a whole lot of meaty goodness to me!

Bridgett said...

Katherine, these look heavenly and definitely fit for a king. I love the brining ingredients and need to give this a try.

Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

Katherine, I took the night off from cooking to catch up on the blogs and now I'm starving and a sandwich won't get it! Those do look yummy! xoxo

Greg C said...

Lets add a little Bam sauce to that for my taste please. :)

lisaiscooking said...

I can't believe I've never brined anything! I need to change that and soon.

The Blonde Duck said...

Queen Bitty is eagerly awaiting Scout's RSVP!

Hornsfan said...

These look like some damn good chops for sure! Will have to bust out some brine soon :)

Lisa said...

Lovely pork chops! I have no talent for grilling but would love to taste one of these beasts. Thanks for the encouragement to give it a try.

Claudia said...

I finally got around to thank-you for the Kreativ Blogging award! I was (am) very touched. I hope things are going well with you and the jobs and such. It can be so hard. I have my valleys so I truly appreciate the generosity of you and other bloggers.

Lynda said...

Oh wow, I love chops on the grill and these look fantastic!I bet they are really juicy and tender.

Stacie said...

These actually sound pretty Damn good. LOL For real I might just have to try this over the weekend. Stopping by from SITS as you were the comment ahead of me! Have a great Thursday!

the ungourmet said...

Wow those things are huge! The terrific brine makes all the difference. I'm such a last minute girl. I never take time to brine. One day I will do it!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

To die for! I'm a big pork addict!

Cheers,

Rosa

Pricilla said...

These look yummy. Now I just need a grill. heh heh. I broil all I can't grill.
Thanks for visiting my blog.

Barbara Bakes said...

I haven't had a grilled pork chop for a while. These look fabulous!

Spryte said...

OMG! Those look AMAZING!!!!!!!!