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.
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)
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.
Soak wood chips in water 1 hour. Drain well.
Prepare grill for indirect grilling, heating one side to medium-high and leaving one side with no heat.
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.
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Wow, these chops were amazing. I've never brined anything before and they were the most tender chops I've ever had. I accidentally went a little overboard with the rub so they were spicy - too spicy for DD. But I definitely would make them again - so good, especially on our Traeger grill with hickory pellets! I served it with parmesean orzo (also from Cooking Light) and grilled asparagus.
Very good - has a nice spicy kick which we love. I used thick boneless pork chops, which were so moist - thanks to the brining process. I halved the recipe for the pepper-garlic rub -- the rub is very hot & spicy, but perfect for our taste. Would definitely make again.