How to Brine Pork Chops

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How to Brine Pork Chops

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  • 4 c. water
  • 1/4 c. Hy-Vee salt
  • 2 Tbsp. Hy-Vee brown sugar, packed
  • 4 (12-oz. each) Midwest Pork bone-in pork loin chops, 1-inch-thick
  • 24 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 2 lemons, sliced
  • 2 Hy-Vee dried bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp. Hy-Vee whole peppercorns
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced

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    Lean cuts of pork, such as pork chops, are good for brining. While soaking in a salt-water solution, it draws in moisture, making it tender and juicy when cooked. Add herbs, aromatics, and even citrus to the brine to infuse even more flavor.

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    1. Whisk together water, salt, and brown sugar until salt and brown sugar are dissolved.

    2. Place chops in a 13x9x2-inch glass dish; pour brine over top. Add lemon slices, garlic, herbs, and peppercorns.

    3. Cover and refrigerate chops 4 hours before cooking