Coffee Brined Pork Chops

By • April 17, 2011 • 4 Comments

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Author Notes: This brine makes the juiciest chops ever. I won't cook pork chops unless I brine them in this first. - lowecclowecc

Food52 Review: Following lowecc's instructions I used my favorite seasonings in fact I seasoned these two ways, to test the coffee flavor. The first was seasoned with just pepper and crushed oregano. The second was seasoned with a drop or two of sherry vinegar (rubbed into the chop), smoked paprika, garlic and onion powder. Of the two I really like the second. Both were equally juicy after grilling and I could clearly taste the coffee in both chops. This is a good technique. - JavajunkieJavajunkie

Serves 4

  • 4 cups Freshly Brewed Coffee
  • 1/4 cup Sea Salt
  • 3 tablespoons Molasses
  • 2 cups Ice
  • 4 Pork Chops
  1. Combine coffee, salt & molasses add ice cubes to cool mixture. Add Chops and brine for 6 hours min in refrigerator. Remove chops from brine & pat dry. Season with favorite rub or with salt & pepper. Pan fry or BBQ until meat reaches 160 degrees.
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about 2 years ago Tess Danesi

Just finished eating this and it is superb. Wonderfully flavorful and moist. Took @aargersi's suggestion and and made a mix of brown sugar, smoked paprika with a pinch of raw cacao powder that I rubbed in just before grilling. Served with a kale salad with a sherry vinegar based dressing. Yum!


over 3 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

We had these last night - hallelujah for juicy pork chops! They were great! I made my seasoning from some sundried chili powder (my sister gets if for me in Chimayo) and a little sugar, salt, pepper, a teeny pinch each of espresso powder and cocoa powder. We gnawed the bones.


over 3 years ago Javajunkie

I tried this the other night and cooked them with a splash of sherry vinegar and smoked paprika. Very juicy and the coffee came right through.


over 3 years ago Midge

I'm intrigued. Will have to give this a try!