Brining is a great way to add moisture to any meat and is beneficial with pork. The real benefit however is going to be with thicker cuts of meat. If you are using thin chops brining may not be the best way to go.
Marinade For thinner chops a good marinade is the way to go. Marinades cannot sink into meat like a brine will but it adds a protective layer to the chops while letting you add loads of flavor. A good example of a basic marinade is Italian Dressing. It contains oil, vinegar and water as well as herbs and spices. Thin chops can be sufficiently marinated in as little as 30 minutes. The marinade will tenderize the meat and protect it from the high heat of the grill.
Thin chops should be grilled hot and fast. This is really one you shouldn't step away from since thinner pork chops will cook quickly. The trick is to grill them like you would a steak, over an high heat, flipping as little as possible. Preheat your grill to as hot a temperature as it will go. With a hot grill and thin chops you should have them off the grill in 4 to 5 minutes. Thick chops need a slower heat to get them cooked without drying them out.
Once the chops are cooked the way you like them, it’s time to get them off the grill. Place on a plate and cover with tin foil for 5 to 10 minutes to let them rest. Rest period allows the juices to flow through the pork chop. This is an important step.
By Christine Lamb
This grilled pork loin chops is a great way to change the backyard barbecue. Step aside burgers make room for these tasty pork loin chops.
Grilled Pork Loin Chops
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1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
3 tablespoons honey
salt and pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 boneless pork loin chops
Preheat grill to medium high heat.
Combine all ingredients except pork loin chops in a resealable plastic bag, add pork loin chops. Seal the bag and refrigerate for 10 minutes. Remove chops from marinade, and discard marinade.
Place pork loin chops on grill, cover, grill 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until done.
Note: Preheat grill while the pork loin chops are in the marinade.