Cooking pork chops on the grill can be somewhat of a challenge. They either come out too dry or they are moist but will be pale and bland looking. I was watching America's Test Kitchen the other night and they came up with a great way to cook center cut loin chops on the grill. By soaking them for 30 minutes in a simple salt water brine and mixing a quick paste to brush on the chops before cooking, the end result produces a well charred, juicy pork chop!
Here is the recipe...and they turned out fantastic!
Boneless Grilled Pork Chops
From : Americastestkitchen.com
Serves 4 to 6
6 (6- to 8-ounce) boneless pork chops, 3/4 to 1 inch thick
3 Tablespoons Salt
1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
1 1/2 Teaspoons Honey
1 Teaspoon Anchovy Paste ( you won't taste once the pork chops are cooked)
1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
2 slits about 1 inch apart through outer layer of fat and connective
tissue on each chop to prevent buckling. Dissolve salt in 1 1/2 quarts
cold water in large container. Place chops in brine and let stand at
room temperature for 30 minutes.
Whisk together oil, honey,
anchovy paste, and pepper to form smooth paste. Remove pork from brine
and pat dry with paper towels. Using spoon, spread half of oil mixture
evenly over 1 side of each chop (about 1/4 teaspoon per side).
FOR A GAS GRILL: Turn all burners to high, cover, and
heat grill until hot, about 15 minutes. Leave primary burner on high and
turn off other burner(s).
Clean and oil cooking grate. Place
chops, oiled side down, over hot part of grill and cook, uncovered,
until well browned on first side, 4 to 6 minutes. While chops are
grilling, spread remaining oil mixture evenly over second side of chops.
Flip chops and continue to cook until chops register 140 degrees, 4 to 6
minutes longer (if chops are well browned but register less than 140
degrees, move to cooler part of grill to finish cooking). Transfer chops
to plate and let rest for 5 minutes