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Brined Teriyaki Pork Chops

Brined Teriyaki Pork Chops | No need to turn on the stove, just heat up the grill for these budget-friendly pork chops! Forget marinating and try a simple pork brine on for size instead. Brining really tenderizes the meat through a simple process that results in extra flavorful, juicy pork. Brined pork chops make an easy main dish that’s ideal for backyard dining and weeknight dinners. Pair with your favorite sides and salads for a quick and easy family dinner.

Ingredients

Yield: Serves: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Inactive Time: 6 hours
Cook Time: 24 minutes
Total Time: 6 hours, 34 minutes

4 cups + 4 cups water, divided
¼ cup kosher salt
¼ cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons peppercorns
2 cloves garlic, smashed
2-inch piece of ginger, sliced
¼ cup chopped green onion + extra for serving
3 ½ - 4 pounds bone-in pork chops
1 tablespoon vegetable oil for grilling
½ cup Kikkoman® Teriyaki Baste & Glaze (No Preservatives Added)

Instructions

  1. Combine 4 cups water, salt, brown sugar, peppercorns, garlic, ginger and green onion in a medium stock pot. Heat until steaming, about 10 minutes. Stir to dissolve sugar.
  2. Remove from heat and pour mixture into a large bowl. Cool to room temperature. Stir in 4 cups cold water. Add pork chops making sure they are submerged in brine. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or up to 24 hours.
  3. Preheat grill to medium heat. Remove pork chops from brine and pat dry with paper towels. Leave pork chops on a plate to come to room temperature while grill heats. Brush pork chops with vegetable oil. Place pork chops on hot grill and grill for 6 minutes. Turn pork chops and baste with half cup of teriyaki baste and glaze. Cook 6-8 minutes longer or until internal temperature reaches 145ºF.
  4. Rest pork chops at room temperature for 5 minutes. Serve hot, topped with green onion.

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