Apple Cider-Brined Pork Chops


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Apple Cider-Brined Pork Chops

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    Psst. We're sharing our secret for the most tender and flavorful pork chops! Replace the water in your brine with apple cider, and you'll see how it makes grilled pork chops even more delicious.

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    Servings and Ingredients

    Serves 4
    4 (12-oz. each) Midwest Pork bone-in thick-cut pork loin or rib chops, about 1-1/4-inch thick
    3 c. hard apple cider, divided
    1 ¼ c. Full Circle Market organic raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar, divided
    1 tbsp. kosher salt
    2 medium apples, such as Red Delicious or Granny Smith, cored and cut into matchsticks
    ½ c. Hy-Vee granulated sugar
    2 (3-1/2-inch each) cinnamon sticks
    2 fresh bay leaves
    2 tbsp. Hy-Vee butter
    Fresh Italian parsley, for garnish

    Things To Grab

    • Large resealable plastic bag
    • 2 small bowls
    • Charcoal or gas grill
    • Small saucepan
    • Meat thermometer
    • Serving platter
    • Aluminum foil
    • Large skillet


    1. Place pork chops in a large resealable plastic bag. Combine 1 cup hard cider, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, and salt in a small bowl. Pour over pork chops; seal bag. Turn bag evenly to coat pork chops with marinade. Refrigerate 1 to 2 hours, turning occasionally

    2. Preheat a charcoal or gas grill with greased grill rack for direct cooking over medium-high heat (375 degrees).

    3. Place matchstick-cut apples in a small bowl; set aside. Heat remaining 2 cup apple cider vinegar sugar, cinnamon sticks, and bay leaves in a smalls saucepan over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally. Pour over apples; let stand 3 to 5 minutes. Drain; discard cinnamon sticks, bay leaves, and liquid.

    4. Remove pork chops from marinade; discard marinade. Pat pork chops dry with paper towels. Grill 14 to 16 minutes or until pork chops reach 145 degrees, turning once halfway through. Transfer to a serving platter. Loosely cover with foil and rest 3 minutes.

    5. Meanwhile, bring remaining 2 cups hard apple cider and butter to a boil in a large skillet over medium heat. Reduce heat; simmer 10 to 14 minutes or until reduced to 1/2 cup.

    6. Pour apple cider mixture over pork chops; top with apples. Garnish with parsley, if desired.

      Hyvee Culinary Expert Tip
      Nutrition cannot be accurately calculated for brined foods.
      Hy-Vee Test Kitchen

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    Hy-Vee Seasons July 2022