Cider Brined Pork Chops with Brown Sugar Applewood BBQ Sauce

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 6 hours
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 6 hours 15 mins
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American


This easy pork chop recipe comes out perfectly juicy every time! No dried out pork chops here!


  • 4 boneless pork chops, at least 1″ thick
  • 1 cup Kingsford┬« Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce, (or your favorite BBQ Sauce)

For the Brine

  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar


  1. In a large saucepan combine apple cider, kosher salt, brown sugar and apple cider vinegar together and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  2. Cook the brine for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently until salt and brown sugar are completely dissolved.
  3. Remove the brine mixture from the heat, pour into a bowl and add 2 cups of ice. Allow the mixture to cool completely then pour into a large re-sealable bag.
  4. Add the pork chops to the brine and seal the bag, removing as much air as possible.
  5. Refrigerate for 4-6 hours.
  6. Preheat the grill to 400 degrees over medium heat.
  7. Remove pork chops from the brine and pat dry with paper towels. Place the pork chops on the grill and cook approximately 4-5 minutes per side until they reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
  8. During the last minute of grilling, baste each side of the pork chops with the BBQ sauce.
  9. Remove the pork chops from the grill and allow to rest for 3-5 minutes before serving.
  10. Serve with extra warmed BBQ sauce.


Nutrition information is without the brine, since most of the brine will be discarded.

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