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Smoked & Brined Bone-In Pork Chops

Traeger Kitchen


Smoked & Brined Bone-In Pork Chops

Prep Time

15

Minutes

Cook Time

2

Hours

Serves

6 - 8

People

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What's this?

Add juicy, wood-fired pork chops to your next smoke session. Bone-in pork chops are put in a sweet and savory brine bath before getting smoked low and slow over mesquite. Finish them off on high heat for one memorable meal.

Ingredients

  • 4 Cup apple juice

  • 1 Cup brown sugar

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 Tablespoon black peppercorn

  • 4 Clove garlic

  • 4 Sprig thyme

  • 1 lemon zest

  • 1 orange zest

  • 1 Cup salt

  • 4 Cup ice water

  • 1 Whole (8 bone) pork loin roast, trimmed and frenched

Steps

  • 1

    In a medium saucepan combine the apple juice, brown sugar, salt, bay leaves, black peppercorns, garlic cloves, thyme, lemon and orange zest and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer until salt and sugar have dissolved.
  • 2

    Pour mixture over ice water and stir. Let sit at room temperature until cool. Pour cooled brine over pork chops, weigh them down with a stack of plates and place in the refrigerator to brine overnight.
  • 3

    Remove the pork chops from the brine, rinse, and pat dry.
  • 4

    When ready to cook, start the Traeger according to grill instructions. Set the temperature to 225 degrees F and preheat, lid closed, for 10 - 15 minutes.
  • 5

    Place the pork chops directly on the grill grate and cook for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until the internal temperature registers 130 degrees F with an instant-read thermometer when inserted into the thickest part of the pork chop.
  • 6

    Remove chops from the grill and increase the temperature to 450 degrees F (set to 500 degrees F if using a WiFIRE-enabled grill) and preheat, lid closed for 10 minutes.
  • 7

    Return the chops to the grill and cook for 10-15 minutes more (flipping once halfway through) or until the internal temperature registers 145 degrees F in the thickest part.
  • 8

    Remove from grill and let rest ten minutes before serving. Enjoy!