Moist Baked Pork Chops Recipe

"For perfectly prepared pork chops (preferably bone-in) you must brine them for at least 1 to 2 hours and pick chops that are at least 1/2 to 1-inch thick. The success to this dish is the brine for moistness. There are many brine variations out there for what flavor you are wanting to accomplish but, it is an important part of the overall dish."


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  • Brine:
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 (5 ounce) center-cut pork chops on the bone
  • Rub:
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, or more as needed
  • aluminum foil
  • Directions

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    1. Combine cold water, salt, peppercorns, and bay leaf for brine in a bowl. Place pork chops in a shallow baking dish and pour the brine over top. Let sit for 1 to 2 hours.
    2. Meanwhile, combine brown sugar, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, mustard powder, salt, and pepper for rub in a small mixing bowl.
    3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
    4. Remove pork chops from brine, rinse under cold water, and pat dry. Rub pork chops generously on both sides with the seasoning mix. Discard brine.
    5. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to the hot skillet. Add pork chops to the hot oil and sear until browned, 2 to 3 minutes.
    6. Turn pork chops and place skillet in the preheated oven. Bake until no longer pink in the center, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from the oven, tent with aluminum foil, and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.


    • Cook’s Note:
    • I serve these topped with "Chef John’s Nectarine Salsa". The salsa does require extra time, but you will love the combo!

    Nutrition Facts

    Per Serving: 309 calories;14.2 g fat;29 g carbohydrates;16.8 g protein;45 mg cholesterol;5980 mg sodium.Full nutrition
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