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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.
Photo by: Sabrina Baksh
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American BBQ
Keyword: easy pork chops, grilled pork chops, pork chop recipe
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
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 for 400 degrees F. If you are cooking chops thicker than 1," set up your grill for indirect cooking.
  • 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 150 degrees F., remove from grill and place onto a large serving platter. Tent with aluminum foil and let meat rest for at least 5-7 minutes. Serve with your favorite sides.