Brushing pork chops with a flavorful salmuera, or Argentinean brine, while they're cooking adds moisture and seasons the meat to its core. Tory Miller of Madison, Wisconsin's Estrellón also makes a "finishing" salmuera with toasty nuts and herbs to give the meat one more layer of flavor before it's served. This technique can be used for all kinds of meat and fish, and also works flawlessly on vegetables.
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1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
1 shallot, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup marcona almonds, chopped
1 teaspoon minced chives
1 teaspoon minced parsley
1 teaspoon minced mint
1 teaspoon minced cilantro
Canola oil, for brushing
Four 8-ounce bone-in pork rib chops, cut 1 inch thick
Flaky sea salt, for finishing
How to Make It
In a medium bowl, whisk 1/4 cup of the olive oil and 2 tablespoons of the vinegar with the shallot, garlic, 1 tablespoon of kosher salt, 1 teaspoon of pepper and 1 cup of water. Stir in the almonds, chives, parsley, mint and cilantro.
Light a grill and oil the grate. In a small bowl, whisk the remaining 1/4 cup each of olive oil and vinegar with 2 tablespoons of kosher salt, 2 teaspoons of pepper and 1/4 cup of water. Grill the pork chops over moderately high heat, basting frequently with the seasoning salmuera, until browned and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 140°, 6 to 7 minutes per side.
Transfer the chops to a platter and baste with some of the marcona almond salmuera. Sprinkle with flaky salt and serve the rest of the salmuera alongside.
Both salmueras can be refrigerated overnight. Stir in the marcona almonds just before serving.
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