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Grilled Pork Chops with Brown-sugar Brine and Onion-Peach Marmalade
Because modern pork is very lean, the meat can easily dry out when cooked. Using a brine (a solution of water, salt, and aromatics) adds moisture and flavor to these grilled pork chops.
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- Calories: 526
- Calories from fat: 41%
- Protein: 34g
- Fat: 24g
- Saturated fat: 6.5g
- Carbohydrate: 44g
- Fiber: 4.3g
- Sodium: 0.0mg
- Cholesterol: 88mg
- 1/2 cup plus 1 tsp. kosher salt*
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 sprig plus 2 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary
- 3 teaspoons black peppercorns, divided
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 4 bone-in center-cut pork chops (1 3/4 lbs. total)
- 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 4 cups sliced white onions
- 2 cups chopped peeled peaches (see Notes)
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar
- 1. In a large pot, bring 7 cups water to a boil. Remove from heat and add 1/2 cup salt, the brown sugar, rosemary sprig, and 2 tsp. peppercorns, stirring until salt and sugar are dissolved. Add ice cubes and chill until cold. Place pork in brine and set a plate on top to keep meat completely submerged. Cover with plastic wrap and chill overnight.
- 2. Heat 2 tbsp. oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring often, until transparent and starting to brown, 10 to 15 minutes. Turn heat to low; add peaches, granulated sugar, vinegar, and remaining 1 tsp. peppercorns. Cook, stirring often, until marmalade is caramelized and sticky, 40 minutes. Stir in remaining 1 tsp. salt and 2 tsp. rosemary.
- 3. Prepare a charcoal or gas grill for medium heat (350° to 400°; you can hold your hand 5 in. above cooking grate for only 5 to 7 seconds). Remove pork from brine and pat dry. Brush pork all over with remaining 1 tbsp. oil.
- 4. Grill pork, covered, turning once, until meat is done the way you like it, about 10 minutes for medium-rare (145°; cut to test). Transfer pork to a platter, tent with foil, and let rest 5 to 10 minutes. Serve with marmalade.
- Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.
- *Sodium content could not be accurately calculated.
Marmalade can be made 1 day ahead and chilled, then reheated to serve. When you can't find fresh peaches, use frozen—they work well here.
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