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My husband has always loved pork chops, but I’ve never been a huge fan. That is until he came up with an amazing recipe for Apple Cider Pork Chops that makes them moist, juicy and tender. It all starts with apple cider vinegar and some nice Smithfield All Natural pork chops.
He started brining our pork chops in an apple cider vinegar mix a few years ago, and then he would grill them. Every time it softens them up to be so tender and moist. You can cut them with a fork.
This is one of our easy weeknight meal. I’m able to grab all the ingredients at Walmart while the kids are at school. Then, after I pick them all up, I can make the brine and have it doing it’s magic in the fridge for about 2 hours. Then, the chops are ready to go for grilling time as soon as he gets home from work.
Brining your pork chops will turn them into moist and tender deliciousness.
2 hr, 5 Prep Time
12 minCook Time
2 hr, 17 Total Time
- 8 pork chops
- 2 cups dark brown sugar
- 1 1/4 cups salt
- 2 tablespoons whole black peppercorns
- 2 tablespoons mustard powder
- 2 cups apple cider vinegar, heated to just boiling
- 4 cups of ice cubes
- Heat the apple cider vinegar until it's just reached boiling.
- While it's heating combine the sugar, salt, peppercorns, and mustard powder in a large bowl.
- Pour in the apple cider vinegar and mix until the sugar has dissolved.
- If you have time, let it sit for 5-10 minutes as the flavor will develop.
- Next, add the ice and mix it up a bit to help the ice to melt.
- Then, add the pork chops.
- Cover the bowl and let it sit for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Don't go over 2 hours or the chops will be too salty.
- Remove them from the brine and rinse.
- Grill the pork chops on medium high heat for 5-6 minutes on each side.
Since we have a family of 5, I usually buy 2 packs of pork chops so we have enough, and then whatever is leftover is my husband’s lunch the next day. BUT, if you just use 4 pork chops, you can get the entire recipe in half except for the salt — just cut it down to 1 cup as the salt is what really helps tenderize the meat. We have learned through trial and error that 2 cups of salt is way too much for 8 chops, so we only increase by a 1/4 cup when we make 8 chops at a time as opposed to four.
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Stay tuned!! I’ll be sharing another delicious pork recipe perfect for your holiday gatherings next week! For more ideas check out Smithfield’s website for how to prepare pork and some great recipes!