31 January, 2016
Pork Chops and Vegetables
This is a great way to cook pork. If you have never brined anything before you really need to try this. I promise the pork will not be salty. The brine tenderized and helps keep the pork juicy, even if you slightly overcook it. Don’t brine meat this way! It will be SALTY!!! But, it works perfectly for pork, chicken, and turkey. Yes, I brine my whole turkey every Thanksgiving and it is juicy and delicious every time.
I use warm water to make my brine so that the salt dissolves easily. Don’t add the pork until the water has completely cooled. Once you have removed the pork from the brine, pat it dry and season it.
What You Need:
For the Brine:
4 Cups Water
2 Tablespoons Salt
2 Tablespoons Peppercorns ( Optional)
2 Crushed Garlic Cloves ( Optional)
What To Do:
Brine your pork: Dissolve salt in a bowl of warm water. Add peppercorns and crushed garlic cloves. Add a few ice cubes to cool the water ( never brine meat in warm water) then add the pork. Let soak for 30 minutes.
Remove the pork from the brine and pat dry with a paper towel and sprinkle with your favorite pork seasoning. Heat a pan and add the olive oil. Place the pork in the pan over medium heat and cover. Cook for 5 minutes then flip, cover and continue to cook for an additional 5 minutes or until the pork is cooked through.