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, and delicious.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time45 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 balsamic, 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. Blot 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 minutes.
  • 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 150-160 degreed F., remove from grill and place onto a large plate. Tent with aluminum foil and let meat rest for at least 5 minutes. Serve with your favorite sides.

Notes

Photo by: Sabrina Baksh