- 2 (1-pound) bone-in center-cut pork chops (about 2 1/2 inches thick)
- Basic Brine (see below)
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup water
- 2 tablespoons minced seeded jalapeño pepper
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped green onions
- 2 teaspoons lime juice
- Remaining ingredients:
- 1 bunch thyme sprigs
- 1 bunch rosemary sprigs
- 1 bunch sage sprigs
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- calories 286
- fat 10.5 g
- satfat 3 g
- monofat 5.7 g
- polyfat 0.8 g
- protein 21.1 g
- carbohydrate 26.4 g
- fiber 0.3 g
- cholesterol 57 mg
- iron 0.8 mg
- sodium 396 mg
- calcium 30 mg
How to Make It
To prepare pork, add pork chops to Basic Brine; refrigerate for 16 hours, turning occasionally.
To prepare glaze, combine 2/3 cup sugar, 1/3 cup water, jalapeño pepper, and garlic in a small saucepan; bring to a simmer, stirring just until sugar dissolves. Stir in green onions and lime juice. Remove from heat, and let stand for 1 hour.
Prepare charcoal grill to high heat. Set up an elevated grill rack 18 inches above surface of coals, using a second grill rack that is set atop 2 stacks of 2 bricks each.
Tie herb sprig bunches tightly to the handle of a long wooden spoon.
Remove pork from brine. Pat pork dry with paper towels; discard brine. Place pork on elevated grill rack; grill 1 minute on each side. Grill 8 minutes, turning every 2 minutes. Grill 1 minute on each edge of pork. Continue grilling until a thermometer registers 115°, turning and basting with herb brush and jalapeño glaze every 2 minutes (about 26 minutes total). Remove pork to a platter; lightly baste. Let stand 15 minutes. Maintain grill at medium-high heat.
Carefully remove the elevated grill rack and bricks. Place pork on the lower grill rack; grill 7 minutes or until thermometer registers 140°, turning and basting every 1 minute. Singe herbs for 5 seconds after final basting. Finely chop herbs; reserve.
Combine olive oil, parsley, black pepper, salt, and reserved chopped herbs on a cutting board. Add pork to oil mixture; turn to coat. Let stand 10 minutes. Cut pork into thin slices. Turn slices on board dressing to coat. Serve pork with dressing.
Basic Brine: Combine 5 cups water, 1/4 cup kosher salt, 1 tablespoon black peppercorns, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme, 1 tablespoon sugar, 8 garlic cloves, 3 bay leaves, and 1 halved lemon in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Remove from heat; cool. Refrigerate brine overnight.
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