Maple-Brined Pork Chops with Grilled Peaches

Total Time: 2 hours
Course: Main Course
Keyword: barbeque, low carb
Cooking Method: Grill
Servings: 4


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons coarse kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf dried
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 4 bone-in pork chops natural, cut ¾ inch thick, 8-ounce each
  • vegetable oil
  • 3 peaches ripe, firm, halved and pitted
  • arugula and peach salad for serving, see recipe, below


  • In a 2-quart saucepan combine water, maple syrup, salt, peppercorns and bay leaf. Heat and stir just until salt dissolves. Remove from heat. Stir in ice. If necessary, cool brine to 45°F.
  • Place pork chops in a large resealable bag. Pour brine over pork; close bag. Place bag with chops in a large baking dish or on a rimmed baking pan. Refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours.
  • Preheat grill to medium heat for direct grilling. Remove pork chops from brine; pat dry with paper towels. Discard brine.
  • Brush grill grate with vegetable oil. Place pork chops on center of grate; place peach halves, cut sides down, on outer edge of grill. Grill, covered, for 8 to 12 minutes or until the internal temperature of the pork reaches 145°F and peaches have grill marks, turning chops over halfway through grilling.
  • Transfer pork chops to a platter. Loosely cover with foil; let rest for 3 minutes. Cut peaches into wedges; serve with pork or, if desired, use peaches in salad.
  • Arugula-and-Peach Salad: In a large bowl whisk together 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard and 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves. Whisk in ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil. Add 6 cups loosely packed baby arugula and the grilled peach wedges. Gently toss until evenly coated. Serve with the grilled pork chops.


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