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Coffee and Molasses-Brined Pork Chops

Karry Hosford
Yield 4 servings (serving size: 1 chop)
Coffee adds a background flavor that helps bring out the sweet yet bitter undertone of the molasses. This brine is also excellent with chicken thighs and drumsticks, and pork or beef ribs. Use any type of hardwood chips if hickory is not available.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups chilled strong brewed coffee
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt (such as Diamond Crystal)
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 4 (6-ounce) bone-in center-cut pork chops (about 1/2 inch thick)
  • 1 cup hickory wood chips
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 teaspoons Pepper-Garlic Spice Rub
  • Cooking spray

Nutrition Information

  • calories 254
  • caloriesfromfat 31 %
  • fat 8.7 g
  • satfat 3 g
  • monofat 3.9 g
  • polyfat 0.9 g
  • protein 37.7 g
  • carbohydrate 3.8 g
  • fiber 3.1 g
  • cholesterol 107 mg
  • iron 1.8 mg
  • sodium 584 mg
  • calcium 50 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring until salt and sugar dissolve. Pour salt mixture into a large zip-top plastic bag. Add ice and pork; seal. Refrigerate for 3 hours, turning the bag occasionally.

  2. Soak wood chips in water 1 hour. Drain well.

  3. Prepare grill for indirect grilling, heating one side to medium-high and leaving one side with no heat.

  4. Place wood chips on hot coals. Remove pork from bag; discard brine. Pat pork dry with paper towels. Sprinkle 1/8 teaspoon salt over pork. Rub 8 teaspoons Pepper-Garlic Spice Rub evenly over both sides of pork. Place pork on grill rack coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat; grill 2 minutes on each side. Place pork on unheated side of grill; grill 3 minutes on each side or until done. Remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Cook's Notes

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