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Beer Brined Pork Chops are made with bone-in pork chops marinated in spices, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and Lager Beer.
Pork Chops are the perfect summertime grilling meat. These bone-in chops were marinated for 8 hours with some spices, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and beer.
That’s right…beer! And not just any beer, but a clean, crisp, full-bodied beer called a lager. I used the Yingling brand lager for this recipe, but you can choose any lager (or beer) you’d like,
Beer Brined Pork Chops Ingredients
- Lager Beer
- Red Wine Vinegar
- Worcestershire Sauce
- Minced Garlic
- Brown Sugar
- Black Pepper
To make the brine, simply add all of the ingredients to a large zip-top bag, close it, and squeeze the bag to mix everything together.
Next, add the pork chops and close the bag. Place the bag in a shallow dish and allow them to marinate for 8-12 hours.
Flip the bag halfway through the marinating time to make sure all sides of the chops have equal time to soak up the brine.
What type of pork chop is best for grilling?
I like to use a bone-in RIB CHOP when I grill pork chops. I find the bone-in rib chop helps keep the meat moister.
I grill these Rib Chops until they are at an internal temperature is 145° which ensures that they are fully cooked, but not overcooked. And it’s fine if the meat is a little bit pink on the inside; that way you’ll know you are getting a moist and delicious chop.
You could use a boneless chop but I find they dry out quicker on the grill. So if you do use a boneless chop make sure you are using a meat thermometer.
A bit of trivia about the rib chop is that it is sometimes called the Iowa Chop. It was named in the 1970’s by the Pork Association.
What to serve with pork chops
I served these chops with a simple roasted baby potato.
I also use a hot mango chutney glaze on the chops. I simply brush it on at the end of the cooking time. If you don’t have mango chutney in your pantry you can use orange marmalade instead.
Here are some other side dishes that go great with pork chops
- Amish Macaroni Salad – the perfect balance of sweet and tangy.
- Pearl Couscous Salad – an easy light salad, just right for the summertime.
- Elote Mexican Corn Casserole – just like the corn-on-the-cob but off the cob.
- Baked Salt and Vinegar Fries – baked fries that have been marinated in vinegar.
- Spinach Salad with Bow Tie Pasta – fresh spinach, bow tie pasta, mandarin oranges, and pecans tossed in a light vinaigrette.
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Beer Brined Pork Chops
- 2 Bone-in Pork Chops – 1-1/2 to 2 inches thick
- 2 bottles beer
- 2 TBS Mango Chutney or Orange Marmalade for a glaze after chops are cooked optional
- Pat the chops dry and set them aside.
- Mix together the brine ingredients in a large zip-top bag.
- Add the chops and lay the bag in a shallow dish.
- Refrigerate for 8-12 hours.
- Remove chops from refrigerator and pat them dry again.
- Preheat grill.
- Grill until the internal temperature reaches 145°
- Microwave the mango chutney for 20 seconds.
- Brush the pork chops with the mango chutney after they are grilled and serve.