Pickle Brined Pork Chops

Pickle Brined Pork Chops makes excellent use of leftover bread & butter pickle juice and other seasonings to create a tasty brine marinade for bone-in pork chops.  While we favor sirloin cut chops, the recipe works fine with center cut pork chops too, just be sure to select pork chops of at least ½-inch thickness.  The marinated Pickle Brined Pork Chops are tender and ready for easy grilling; your neighbors’ mouths will be watering when they get a whiff of the smoke wafting from your grill.   Grilled Pickle Brined Pork Chops are great served with Dirty Cauliflower Rice or Green Beans with Cherry Tomatoes and paired with well-chilled, dry rosé wine or icy beer.

Pickle Brined Pork Chops

Prep Time: 10 minutes plus marinating time, Cook Time: 10 minutes or less.  Serves 2.

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  • 2 to 4 Bone-in Pork Chops, approximately 1 ½ – 2 lbs.
  • ½ Tb granulated Sugar*
  • 1 tsp coarse Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp ground Coriander
  • 1 tsp ground Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Dry Mustard powder
  • ½ tsp ground Cumin
  • ½ tsp ground Black Pepper
  • ½ tsp granulated Garlic
  • ½ tsp Celery Seed
  • 1 cup Bread & Butter Pickle Juice*


  1. Combine the sugar through celery seed in a bowl, add the pickle juice and stir to mix well.
  2. Combine the marinade and pork chops in a sealable container or bag and refrigerate. Marinate the pork chops at least 8 hours or up to 24 hours, turning once or twice.
  3. Remove the marinated pork chops from the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature while heating the grill.
  4. Remove the Pickle Brined Pork Chops from the marinade, discarding the marinade. Grill the pork chops over a direct heat, turning over once, until the meat thermometer reaches an internal temperature of 145 F, approximately 10 minutes or less.
  5. Remove the grilled Pickle Brined Pork Chops from the grill to a platter and serve accompanied with Dirty Cauliflower Rice or Green Beans with Cherry Tomatoes.


  • The recipe is based on using Bread & Butter Pickle juice; if using regular pickle juice, increase the sugar to 1 tablespoon.

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