Brined Grilled Pork Chop Recipes

The spice rub gives the pork chops a great flavor, and the grilled pineapple makes them the ideal summer dish. These brined pork chops are juicy and tender because they sit in the brine for 1 to 6 hours before being grilled.

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Juicy Grilled Pork Chops 🔗

Pork chops are soaked in a salty brine, then seasoned with a dry rub and grilled to perfection. Unbelievably tender and juicy every time!

Prep: 20min

Total: 30min

Serving Size: 1

Nutrition Facts: calories 149 calories, Carbohydrate 21 grams carbohydrates, Cholesterol 0 milligrams cholesterol, Fat 8 grams fat, Fiber 2 grams fiber, Protein 1 grams protein, Saturated Fat 1 grams saturated fat, servingSize 1, Sodium 4783 milligrams sodium, Sugar 18 grams sugar, Trans Fat 0 grams trans fat, unSaturated Fat 7 grams unsaturated fat


  • 4 (8 oz.) pork chops, about 1 inch thick
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups ice water
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar


  1. In a large saucepan, combine water, salt and sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat until salt and sugar are dissolved.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in ice water to bring brine to room temperature. Place pork chops in a large, zip-top plastic bag. Pour the brine over the chops and seal the bag, pressing out as much air as possible. Place in a large baking dish and refrigerate for 8-12 hours.
  3. Remove chops from brine; discard brine. Rinse pork chops and pat dry. Brush pork chops with oil
  4. In a small bowl, combine paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, ground mustard, pepper, chili powder and grown sugar. Rub over pork chops. Let chops stand at room temperature for 20-30 minutes.
  5. Preheat grill for medium heat. Grill chops, covered, for about 4-6 minutes per side, or until a thermometer inserted in the center reads 145 degrees. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.


Should you brine pork chops for grilling?

Brining pumps them full of moisture, preventing them from drying out. Even a brief dip, about 30 minutes, in the brine will help your pork stay juicy and tender. Pork is a lean meat that can become notoriously bone-dry when cooked.

Should brined pork chops be rinsed before cooking?

Yes, you rinse pork chops after brining. Many people are concerned that rinsing will also rinse away all of the flavor, but that isn’t the case. You rinse anything after brining to get any excess salt off the skin and be able to add your own flavors.

How long should you brine pork chops?

Rinse the pork chops after brining, discard the brine solution, and pat the meat dry. The meat has absorbed the flavor and plenty of salt during the brining process. Thick-cut, bone-in chops do best in the brine for 1-4 hours, while thinner boneless chops are fine with just 15-30 minutes (or up to 2 hours).

Should I soak pork chops before grilling?

These pork chops turned out so juicy, I’ll never make them another way. Basically, you soak your chops in a mixture of water, salt, and sugar for 8 hours. The secret is giving the pork chops a good, long soak in the brine. It’s such a simple step, I can’t believe I’ve never tried it before.

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