Sweet Tea Brined Pork Chops

During my brief stay in the South, I have noticed that one of the things you see everywhere is sweet tea.  People in the South apparently can’t get enough of it.  One day while I was making a brine for some pork chops, I decided to dump in a couple bags of black tea leaves.  I always brine my pork so it stays succulent and juicy, and I figured the tea could only help the situation by adding a complex flavor to the brine.  My husband and I were blown away by the results, and it is definitely one of my favorite ways to make pork.  If you’re looking for an easy weeknight meal, this is one of the easier recipes I’ve got on the blog.  Just make sure you brine 4 hours ahead of time to allow the brine to penetrate the meat.  Here’s how:
4 cups water
1/4 cup sugar
3 tbsp salt
1 tbsp molasses
1 bay leaf
pinch of black pepper
4 black tea bags
1.5 lbs boneless pork chops (I had four chops)

In a saucepan, combine the water, sugar, salt, molasses, bay leaf, black pepper and black tea bags.  Whether or not you cut your bags open is up to you (I liked having the specks of tea on my pork so I cut mine open).  Bring the mixture to a boil, then place the pot in an ice bath to cool.  Once the mixture is cooled, add the pork chops, and stick it in the fridge for 4 hours.

When the pork chops have finished brining, dry them VERY well with a paper towel.  Discard the brine.

Heat up a grill to medium high heat and grill for about 4 minutes on each side (this time will vary slightly with the size of your pork chops).  I like to cook them to 150-155 degrees F on an instant read thermometer, and they will rise to 155-160 by the time they are done resting.  Enjoy!!!

Click here for the printable recipe.

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7 Responses to Sweet Tea Brined Pork Chops

  1. I always like a sweet flavor with pork. Wonderful recipe.

  2. As a transplant to the South, I’ll say you’re right about the tea. I just love this idea. Great recipe.

  3. Ann says:

    This is fabulous! I’m from the South and you’re right….sweet tea is everywhere! GREAT recipe!

  4. Andrea says:

    What a fantastic idea! This looks fabulous!

  5. I love pork chops! We make them all the time, but I have never tried brining them. I will have to try this soon!

  6. Jenn says:

    This was really yummy!! Made it exactly as written!! Thanks for sharing!

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