Cider brined grilled stuffed pork chops

  • Preparation Time35 mins
  • Cooking Time55 mins
  • Serves3
  • DifficultyMedium
3 bone-in, or boneless pork chops, about 2 pounds total
1/2 pound white cane sugar
1/4 cup water
4 cups apple cider
1 pound whole pecans
2 cups oatmeal stout or other dark beer
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon red chili powder
1/2 cup kosher salt
1/2 cup raw sugar
1 tablespoon chipotle chili powder
Cider Reduction:
2 cups apple cider
Apple Stuffing:
1 1/2 apples (Pink Lady, Honey Crisps, or Cameo) cored and sliced 1/4-inch thick, grilled, about 1 minute each side, and diced
1 tablespoon mesquite honey
1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1) Combine all the ingredients for the brine in a container with a tight fitting lid.

2) Take the pork chops and insert a fillet knife into the side of each pork chop, and cut along its length to create a pocket, taking care not to pierce the outer sides of the chop.

3) Place the pork chops in the brine for anywhere from 1 hour or up to 24 hours in the refrigerator.

4) To make the caramelised pecans, cook the sugar and water in a heavy-bottomed saucepan, until the temperature reaches 275 degrees F on a sugar thermometer. Add the pecans and stir to coat with the sugar. Once the sugar begins to caramelise, add the vanilla extract and stir gently but constantly until fully caramelised. Pour onto a baking sheet lined with baking parchment and leave to cool. Sprinkle with the chilli powder. Set aside until ready to use.

5) For the reduction, pour the cider into a medium sized saucepan set over a medium heat. Cook the cider until syrupy and reduced to about 60ml, skimming off any surface scum as necessary.

6) Combine all the ingredients for the stuffing in a large bowl.

7) Preheat the grill to high.

8) Remove the pork chops from the brine, rinse and pat dry with paper towels.

9) Stuff the cavity of the chops with the apples and grill for about 10 minutes on each side, until cooked. Remove from grill to a serving platter and leave to rest for about 10 minutes.

10) Brush with the cider reduction, sprinkle with the chopped caramelised pecans and enjoy!
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* Cook's Note: Working with cooked sugar is dangerous and should be approached with extreme caution.

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