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Recipe of the Day: The perfect grilled pork chop

Ultimate Grilled Pork Chops
Ultimate Grilled Pork Chops

ULTIMATE GRILLED PORK CHOPS

4 bone-in pork center-cut rib chops (1-inch thick and 8 ounces each)

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

BRINING:

1/4 cup kosher salt

1/4 cup sugar

2 cups water

2 cups ice water

BASIC RUB:

3 tablespoons paprika

1 teaspoon each garlic powder, onion powder, ground cumin and ground mustard

1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper

1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper

Brining: In a large saucepan, combine salt, sugar and 2 cups water; cook and stir over medium heat until salt and sugar are dissolved. Remove from heat. Add 2 cups ice water to cool brine to room temperature.

Place pork chops in a large resealable plastic bag; add cooled brine. Seal bag, pressing out as much air as possible; turn to coat chops. Place in a 13-by-9-inch baking dish. Refrigerate 8-12 hours.

Remove chops from brine; rinse and pat dry. Discard brine. Brush both sides of chops with oil.

In a small bowl, mix rub ingredients; rub over pork chops. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.

Grill chops on an oiled rack, covered, over medium heat 4-6 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 145 degrees. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Yield: 4 servings; 1 pork chop equals 300 calories, 18 grams fat, 72 mg cholesterol, 130 mg sodium, 5 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams fiber, 30 grams protein.

Variations

Smoky Pork Rub: Prepare rub as directed, using smoked paprika in place of regular paprika.

Spicy Pork Rub: Add 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper to rub mixture.

Sweet Pork Rub: Add 3 tablespoons brown sugar to rub mixture.

Taste of Home June/July 2015

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