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Cook's Illustrated Pork Chops

3/4

cup

lightly packed dark brown sugar

1/2

cup

kosher salt or 1/4 cup table salt

10

medium

garlic cloves, crushed

4

bay leaves, crumbled

8

whole cloves

3

tablespoons

whole black peppercorns, crushed

4

bone-in rib loin pork chops, each about 12 ounces and 1 1/2 inches thick

2

tablespoons

vegetable oil

1

In gallon-sized zipper-lock plastic bag, dissolve sugar and salt in 2 cups hot water. Add garlic, bay leaves, cloves, peppercorns, and 4 cups cold water; cool mixture to room temperature. Add pork chops, then seal bag, pressing out as much air as possible; refrigerate until fully seasoned, about 1 hour, turning bag once. Remove chops from brine and dry thoroughly with paper towels.

2

Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position, place shallow roasting pan or jelly-roll pan on oven rack, and heat oven to 450 degrees. When oven reaches 450 degrees, heat oil in 12-inch heavy-bottomed skillet over high heat until shimmering but not smoking, about 2 minutes. Place chops in skillet; cook until well-browned and nice crust has formed on surface, about 2 minutes. Turn chops over with tongs; cook until well-browned and nice crust has formed on second side, about 2 minutes longer. (If making a pan sauce, donít wash pan.)

3

Using tongs, transfer chops to preheated pan in oven. Roast until instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of each chop registers 125-127 degrees, 8 to 10 minutes, turning chops over once halfway through cooking time. Transfer chops to platter; cover loosely with foil (be sure not to wrap foil tightly around meat), and let rest about 5 minutes. (Check internal temperature; it should register about 145 degrees).

Servings: 1

Yield:

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Entire recipe (7.7 ounces).

Percent daily values based on the Reference Daily Intake (RDI) for a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients. 3 of the recipe's ingredients were not linked. These ingredients are not included in the recipe nutrition data.

Amount Per Serving

Calories

942.27

Calories From Fat (28%)

260.34

% Daily Value

Total Fat 29.78g

46%

Saturated Fat 2.64g

13%

Cholesterol 0mg

0%

Sodium 63.7mg

3%

Potassium 538.72mg

15%

Total Carbohydrates 177.91g

59%

Fiber 6.89g

28%

Sugar 160.21g

 

Protein 2.56g

5%