What started as an experiment with some leftover pickle brine has turned into a weeknight staple. These savory pork chops are the ultimate in flavor, tenderness, and ease of preparation. While the hint of dill pickle may be a little surprising at first, you will quickly fall in love with the flavor combination. Be sure to cook an extra chop for an out of this world sandwich the next day!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Marinating Time: 4 hours
Cook Time: 1 hour
Pellet Recommendations: Hickory, Oak, or Pecan
4 pork chops, each 1 to 1-1/4 inches thick
About 3 cups dill pickle brine, or the brine from 2 jars of dill pickles
Coarse black pepper
Put the pork chops and pickle brine in a resealable plastic bag. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
Drain well and pat dry with paper towels. Season generously with black pepper.
When ready to cook, start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Set the temperature to 300 degrees F and preheat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes.
Put the chops directly on the grill grate and grill, turning once, for about 1 hour, or until the internal temperature of the chop is at least 145 degrees F. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.