Wheat Beer Brined Pork Chops

This recipe yields exceptionally moist and tender pork chops, with incredible taste! I learned about brining several years ago during the holidays. Just about every turkey I have made since then was prepared in some variation of a brine.

I used butterflied pork chops for this barbeque endeavor, and chose Wheat Beer instead of the Stout Beer called for in the original recipe. Wheat Beer is my favorite summer evening beverage, especially when poured cold in the right glass, with a slice of lemon. My roots trace back to Scotland, but the Stout Beer just isn’t my bag–too chewy and blehhh.

So let’s go…

Beer Brine
2 cups water
2 cups wheat beer
1/4 cup kosher salt
3 Tb packed brown sugar
3 Tb molasses
1 cup ice cubes
1 lb thick cut pork chops

Garlic Rub
7 cloves minced garlic
3 tsp black pepper
2 tsp salt
2 tsp chopped cilantro

Combine water, beer, salt, sugar, and molasses in large bowl. Stir until salt and sugar dissolve. Add ice. Marinate the pork chops in the mix for 4 hours in the fridge. Remove pork chops from beer brine and pat dry. Mix garlic, pepper, salt, and cilantro in small bowl. Rub garlic mixture over both sides of pork chops. Grill pork chops for 10 minutes on each side until cooked through. Let stand 5 minutes.

The garlic may be too much for some palates. I will omit it in the next iteration of this recipe.
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