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Cider-Brined Pork Chops with Brown Sugar Applewood BBQ Sauce

For those who love a touch of sweet with their BBQ, these grilled pork chops with brown sugar and applewood BBQ sauce is a must-try.

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Cooking for 4 people


Cider Brine

  • 4 cup apple cider
  • 0.25 cup Kosher salt
  • 0.25 cup brown sugar
  • 0.25 cup apple cider vinegar

1 Food Prep

In a large saucepan, combine your cider brine ingredients and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently until the salt and brown sugar are completely dissolved.

Remove the brine mixture from the heat and add 2 cups of ice. Allow the mixture to cool completely then place it in a large resealable bag along with your pork chops. Seal the bag while removing as much air as possible then refrigerate for 4-6 hours.

While your grill preheats, remove your pork chops from the brine and pat them dry with paper towels.

2 Grill Prep

Fuel: We recommend Kingsford® Cherrywood Charcoal for its light and fruity wood flavor.

Method: Direct-Heat Grilling

Temp: 400°F (Medium Heat)

3 The Cook

  • When you’re at temp, put cooking oil on a folded paper towel. Grab the oiled paper towel with long-handled tongs and oil the grate thoroughly.

  • Grill your pork chops for approximately 5 minutes per side until they reach an internal temperature of 145°F. During the last minute of grilling, baste each side of your pork chops with your favorite BBQ sauce.

  • Remove your pork chops from the grill and allow them to rest for 5 minutes before serving with additional BBQ sauce.

Credit: Clint Cantwell

For safe meat preparation, reference the USDA website.

7 Reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cider-Brined Pork Chops I cooked these chops over the weekend. The brine added a very different flavor to our pallet. The additional smokiness of the wood also added and additional flavor. Along with the taste of our favorite barbecue sauce. These chops were very very good. I've recommende them to my friends Bart and Betty Sue. Thanks so much for the recipe.
Date published: 2023-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ultimate Pork Idea I've had pork chops in a variety of ways, but never like this recipe. Placing the pork chops in a zip lock bag along with the sauce really enhanced tha outcome. Now I want to try again and again for my family and friends. THANKS!
Date published: 2023-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Flavor I tried this recipe the day that I read it… it was easy peazy and came out perfect! The wife and neighbors all thoroughly enjoyed it and there wasn’t a morsel wasted
Date published: 2023-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Delicious Just great way to prepare pork chops, so delicious and juicy
Date published: 2023-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from INCREDIBLE FLAVOR I have made this recipe 4 times since I found it in June. Easy to prepare and I let the chops marinate for at least 12 hours. The flavor is wonderful. Great recipe, thanks Kingsford.
Date published: 2020-10-08
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