How to Make It
To prepare brine, combine water and salt in a large bowl, stirring until salt dissolves. Add sugar, molasses, and vanilla; stir until sugar dissolves. Stir in ice. Add chops; cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. Remove chops from brine; pat dry. Discard brine.
To prepare rub, combine sage and the next 6 ingredients (sage through garlic); rub over both sides of chops. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Place flour in a shallow dish; dredge chops in the flour. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chops; cook 5 minutes on each side or until done.