Prep Time
15 Mins
Brine Time
1 Hour
Cook Time
12 Mins
Serves: 4

Grilled pork chops benefit dramatically from a hard cider brine that penetrates right to the middle of the meat and an apple-brandy glaze that coats the outside of the pork with a tangy sweetness.

How to Make It

Step 1

In a large bowl mix the brine ingredients. Put the chops in a large, resealable plastic bag and pour in the brine. Press the air out of the bag and seal tightly. Place the bag in a bowl or a rimmed dish and refrigerate for 1 to 1½ hours, turning the bag every 30 minutes.

Step 2

Remove the chops from the bag and discard the brine. Rinse the chops under cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Lightly brush or spray the chops with oil and let stand at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes before grilling. Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium heat.

Step 3

In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, warm the jelly and butter, stirring until the jelly melts. Remove from the heat and stir in the Calvados. If the glaze cools, reheat gently until fluid. Set aside half of the glaze to serve as a sauce with the grilled pork. Brush the remaining glaze all over the apple slices and then the chops.

Step 4

Brush the cooking grates clean. Grill the chops over direct medium heat, with the lid closed as much as possible, until they are slightly pink in the center, about 10 minutes, turning once. Remove the chops from the grill and let rest for 3 to 5 minutes. While they rest, grill the apples over direct medium heat until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes, turning once. Serve the chops and apples warm with the reserved glaze.

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Ratings & Reviews

TheresaZoubul's Review

May 16, 2014

Palkscancook's Review

May 21, 2011
Not sure what happened with the first two reviews. Glaze recipe is right there. These chops are delicious! Salty, but very tasty; I could not get the 1/2 cup of salt to dissolve in the 12 oz. of hard cider. I just looked up brining pork; my reference said 1-1/2 cups of kosher salt/gallon of liquid and to brine for at least 3-4 hours. I will use 1/4 cup or less next time, and let them sit longer. My family loved them.

Chaser2's Review

March 06, 2011
Where is the glaze recipe?

Ann1943's Review

January 15, 2011
Obviously some ingredients are missing here. What jelly and how much, same for the Cavaldos. Someone needs to proof read these things before publication. This recipe sounds like it would be delicious if we had all the ingredients.