Brown Sugar-Balsamic Pork Chops

 

Brown Sugar-Balsamic Pork Chops

Brown Sugar-Balsamic Pork Chops

Quick brined and grilled, these tender pork chops are coated with a garlic, balsamic, and brown sugar glaze. Sweet, savory, delicious, and the perfect weekend meal idea.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American BBQ
Servings 4 People

Ingredients
  

  • 4 pork rib chops, 3/4-1" thick
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon granulated onion
  • brine:
  • 1 quart cold water
  • 1/4 cup coarse salt
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • For glaze:
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon powdered cloves

Instructions
 

  • Mix brine ingredients until sugar and salt have dissolved. Submerge pork chops in brine solution, cover and place into refrigerator for 2 hours.
  • About 15 minutes before chops are done brining, make the glaze. In a small saucepan, bring the balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, garlic, and cloves to a quick boil. Reduce heat to medium and let sauce simmer for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Allow sauce to reduce by half, or thicken enough to coat the back of a spoon. Reduce heat further if needed. Remove from heat, cover and keep warm. If glaze gets too cold, re-warm before using.
  • Preheat grill for medium heat.
  • Remove chops from brine and rinse off with cold water. Do not over rinse. Blot them dry with paper towels and season with black pepper and granulated onion.
  • Place pork chops on grill and cook for 5 minutes, turn and cook for 5 more.
  • Apply glaze to chops, turn and apply again. Repeat process 4 times for the duration of cook time. Watch for burning and move chops to cooler part of grill if necessary.
  • Once pork chops have reached an internal temperature between 155-160 degrees F., remove from grill and place onto a large serving platter. Tent with aluminum foil and let meat rest for at least 5 minutes. Serve with your favorite sides.

Notes

Photo by: Sabrina Baksh