Maple-Brined Pork

Maple-Brined PorkRecipe
Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr


4 servings (serving size: 1 chop and 4 fruit pieces)
Total time: 9 Hours

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 26 Minutes
Total: 9 Hours

Nutritional Information

Calories 243
Fat 11.7 g
Satfat 5.4 g
Monofat 3.6 g
Polyfat 0.9 g
Protein 22.2 g
Carbohydrate 12.7 g
Fiber 1.5 g
Cholesterol 82 mg
Iron 1 mg
Sodium 620 mg
Calcium 33 mg


3 cups water
1/2 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1 1/2 teaspoons whole allspice
4 garlic cloves, crushed
1 bay leaf, crushed
2 tablespoons plus 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
2 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup, divided
4 (4-ounce) boneless pork chops
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
Cooking spray
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 ripe plums, halved and pitted
2 ripe peaches, halved and pitted
2 green onions, sliced (optional)


1. Place first 6 ingredients, 2 tablespoons salt, and 2 tablespoons syrup in a pan. Bring to a boil; dissolve salt. Cool. Seal pork and brine in a zip-top plastic bag. Chill 8 hours; drain.

2. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

3. Sprinkle pork with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper. Grill pork on a rack coated with cooking spray 3 minutes on each side or until done. Combine 1 1/2 teaspoons syrup and butter; brush onto fruit. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper. Grill fruit, cut sides down, on rack coated with cooking spray for 3 minutes. Cut each peach and plum half in half again; serve with pork. Top with onions, if desired.