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A bowl of pork chop brine with raw pork chops in it.

Pork Chop Brine

This pork chop brine is a blend of salt, sugar, herbs and spices that infuses the meat with flavor and helps to keep it tender and juicy. A good brine is the secret to perfectly cooked chops every time!
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Brining Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 32kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 8 cups water divided use
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds lightly crushed
  • 2 teaspoons whole peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme


  • Pour 1 cup of boiling water into a large bowl that will fit all of the pork chops. Make sure the bowl will fit into your refrigerator.
  • Add the salt and sugar to the water and stir until dissolved
  • Add the allspice, fennel seeds, peppercorns, bay leaf, garlic and thyme to the bowl.
  • Add 7 cups of very cold water to the bowl and stir to combine
  • Place the pork chops in the bowl, making sure that they're completely submerged. You can add more water if needed.
  • Cover the bowl and place it in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours, or up to 24 hours.
  • Remove the pork chops from the brine and pat dry with paper towels
  • Cook the pork as desired. This brine is enough to for 6 pork chops.



Calories: 32kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 833mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 24IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg