These pork chops are cut doubly thick so it's easy to give them a good char on the grill while keeping them super-juicy. They're also perfectly seasoned all the way through after a two-day soak in a brine packed with aromatics like juniper and onion. Plus:  More Delicious Grilling Recipes 

July 2014


Credit: © Chris Court

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45 mins
2 hrs 15 mins


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  • In a large pot, combine the water with the sugar, carrot, onion, celery, cloves, juniper berries and 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of kosher salt. Bring just to a boil, stirring to dissolve the salt and sugar. Remove the pot from the heat and add the ice; let cool completely. Submerge the pork chops in the brine, cover and refrigerate for 2 days.

  • Remove the pork chops from the brine and pat dry with paper towels. Let stand at room temperature for at least 1 hour or up to 2 hours.

  • Light a grill. Brush the chops with oil and season lightly with salt and pepper. Grill the chops over moderate heat, turning occasionally, until lightly charred all over and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of each chop registers 130°, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer the chops to a carving board and let rest for 15 minutes. Cut between the rib bones into individual chops. Serve with pickled vegetables.

Suggested Pairing

A bold, fruit-forward red without too much tannin works well with both the pork chops and the pickles, like a Pinot Noir from Sonoma County.