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Maple-Brined Pork Chops with Grilled Peaches
Source: The National Pork Board
What You’ll Need
- 4 Prairie Fresh® Bone-In Pork Chops (cut ¾ inch thick, 8-ounce each)
- 1 cup water
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 tablespoon coarse kosher salt
- 1 ½ teaspoon black peppercorns
- 1 bay leaf (dried)
- 2 cups ice cubes
- Vegetable oil
- 3 peaches (ripe, firm, halved and pitted)
For Peach Salad (optional):
- 6 cups baby arugula
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 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 backing 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 packed baby arugula and the grilled peach wedges. Gently toss until evenly coated. Serve with the grilled pork chops.