Cider Brined Pork Chops
2 cups apple cider
1 3/4 cups water
1/4 cup coarse kosher salt
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dried sage
1 cinnamon stick
4 pork-loin chops, about 3/4 inch thick
Brining the chops:
Place a large sauce pan over medium heat, add the apple cider and
water, and bring to a boil. Add the kosher salt, brown sugar,
pepper, sage, and cinnamon, stirring until its been dissolved.
Remove the brine from heat and chill it down in the refrigerator.
Once chilled, put your chops in whatever containing you want, add
the brine, and then cover the meat with water. Cover and stick it in
the fridge for 12 to 24 hours.
Prepare BBQ Grill and heat to medium high heat. Cook until desired
Brining is an interesting process. The salt in the water is really
the active ingredient. When the salinity of the water is higher than
the salt in the meat, osmotic forces carry the water into the meat.
The spices and other flavorings get a free ride as well. Done
properly, you get much juicier and more flavorful meats.