We've all been feeling the pinch at the grocery store lately. Prices are going up, quality (in many cases) is going down. We are paying more for less too many times. However, I've found that pork has remained reasonably priced compared to chicken and beef. There are a lot of things you can do with pork and a number of cuts to choose from. For this brined pork chops on the grill with plum compote, I chose thick, bone-in, center-cut pork chops. Two thick chops were about $5 and you probably already have the brine ingredients in your pantry. You can scale this recipe up or down depending on how much you need.
Brining the Pork Gives You Flavor and Tenderness
Have you ever brined anything? With thick-cut pork chops like these, a brine will do wonders for the flavor and tenderness. It's real simple. Bring some water, brown sugar and salt to a simmer (not a boil) and stir it to make sure everything is dissolved. Remove from the heat, add cold water to that, stir it again. The cold water will bring the brine down to about room temperature. This is where you want it to be before you add your pork chops to the liquid. I added a few springs of rosemary to mine, which is optional. Then all you have to do is add your pork and let it soak for a few hours. You will.not.believe the incredible flavor and tenderness this gives the chops. Brined pork chops on the grill are a revelation.
How to Grill Pork with Direct and Indirect Heat
There are two ways to use indirect heat when grilling. The first way you can simply turn on one half of the grill and leave the other off. You can grill the pork chops directly on the heat on both sides. Then move the chops to the unlit side of the grill to let them "bake" inside the grill to finish cooking. The second is heating both sides of the grill and moving the food to the second-tier shelf away from the heat to finish cooking. Either of these options will work. For these pork chops, I chose the second method of moving the chops to the top shelf inside the grill to finish them.
All the Steps to Make this Brined Pork Chops on the Grill w/Plum Compote
Sweet & Tart Plum Compote Makes For a Fantastic Topping
These brined pork chops on the grill taste great on their own for sure, but if you want to go next-level with this, plum compote is the sweet and tart topping you've been dreaming of. I know many of you want a little apple sauce on the side with your pork. That's okay - I understand that. If that's what you want, that's what you should do. You'll be eliminating the cost of the plums too so that will make this more budget friendly. But if you're feeling a little adventurous, heating a bunch of plums with honey, sugar, vanilla and lemon juice will give you a gourmet topping for your chops. The best part is that you will have leftover compote which you can use to blend with your morning yogurt, to spread on your toast or spoon onto a bowl of vanilla ice cream. Yay!
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Sharing Meals with our Loved Ones is an Important Tradition
I really hope you give this one a try. I love pork chops yet somehow I don't make them too often because I'm usually obsessing over chicken. I'm going to try to make more pork recipes this fall/winter since they tend to be a bit more budget-friendly than chicken and beef. So stay tuned for more pork - IT'S COMING!
If you can make time each day to share homemade food with your friends and family, it gives us the opportunity to slow down for a few minutes. Put those silly screens away, I promise you won't melt. The world will not end in the 20-30 minutes you aren't checking for updates on everything. Get some face time with the people you care about the most. Break bread. Talk about your day and tell your stories. It's never been more important for us to reconnect in real time with our loved ones. Sharing meals is an important part of the human experience. Let's pass it along as much as we can.Print