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Maple Brined Pork Chops

Serves4
IngredientsVegetables, Meat, Fruits
Day PartDinner
Cuisine TypeAmerican
Maple Brined Pork Chops

These brined pork chops are tender and delicious. The maple flavor is complemented by the caramelized onions and braised apples.

Ingredients

4 cups apple cider
3 cups water
1⁄2 cup kosher salt
1⁄2 cup maple syrup
2 tbsp. chopped fresh thyme
1 tbsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. ground allspice
4 thick loin pork chops
2 cups chicken stock
3 tart apples, diced
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup red wine
1⁄2 cup Port wine
1⁄2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 tbsp. oil
1 tbsp. butter
1 lb. onions, thinly sliced
 

Steps

1. For brine: combine cider, water, salt, maple syrup, thyme, pepper, and allspice; bring to a boil, stirring to blend.

2. Cool brine and pour into a large container. Add pork chops and weight down to submerge in brine. Refrigerate 4-12 hr.

3. Meanwhile, combine stock, apples, sugar, red wine, Port, and vanilla in large saucepan. Simmer until reduced.

4. In a large skillet, heat 1 tbsp. oil and butter. Sauté onions until caramelized, about 20 min.; remove and reserve.

5. Drain chops from brine and add remaining 2 tbsp. oil to same skillet; reserve some brine. Sear chops in hot skillet, about 2 min. on each side. Add onions and enough brining liquid to moisten. Cover and braise 20 min. Serve with onions and apples.
 

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