Pork chops in gravy in a skillet
Brown Sugar Brine Is All You Need For The Best Flavored Pork Chops
Brine is a surefire way to add flavor and ensure a juicy texture to any meat, whether grilled or roasted. When it comes to pork cuts, you should try a brown sugar brine.
Brine is typically made up of salt and water, which helps seal in moisture, but adding molasses-rich brown sugar can help the pork develop a delectable caramelized crust.
Start by making a basic brine with a ratio of a quarter cup of salt to 1 quart of water, along with any seasonings you'd like. To this, add a half cup of dark or light brown sugar.
Bring the brine to a boil on the stove, making sure to dissolve both the salt and sugar. Then, let it cool completely, add your pork chops, and let them soak.
For regular-sized pork chops, soak for four to six hours, but for thicker meat, soak for six to 12 hours. Once brined, dry the surface of the pork chops and cook as usual.