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Smoked Brown Sugar-Brined Pork Chops

Looking for a sweet and spicy dinner? Then check out this smoked pork chops recipe.

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  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 4 hr 40 min
  • Servings 6

Ingredients

1/2
cup packed brown sugar
1/4
cup salt
2
dried bay leaves
1
clove garlic, crushed
1
teaspoon whole black peppercorns
4
cups water
6
bone-in center-cut pork loin chops, about 1 inch thick (4 to 5 lb)
4
to 6 chunks wood for smoking (hickory, mesquite or apple)*
2
tablespoons packed brown sugar
1/2
teaspoon garlic powder
1/2
teaspoon black pepper
1/4
teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)

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  • 1 In 2-gallon-size heavy-duty resealable plastic food-storage bag, mix 1/2 cup brown sugar, the salt, bay leaves, garlic, peppercorns and 4 cups water. Seal bag and squeeze to mix until sugar and salt have dissolved. Place pork chops in bag of brine; seal bag. Refrigerate at least 3 hours but no longer than 8 hours.
  • 2 Cover wood chunks with water; soak at least 30 minutes.
  • 3 Drain wood chunks. Prepare and heat smoker using wood chunks and adding water to water pan following manufacturer’s directions.
  • 4 Meanwhile, remove pork chops from brine; discard brine. Blot pork chops dry with paper towels. In small bowl, mix 2 tablespoons brown sugar, the garlic powder, black pepper and red pepper. Rub each side of pork chops with slightly less than 1 teaspoon brown sugar mixture.
  • 5 Arrange pork chops 1 inch apart on top and bottom smoker racks. Cover and smoke about 1 hour 30 minutes or until meat thermometer inserted in center of pork reads 160°F (pork will remain pink when done). If smoking stops, add additional wood chunks through side door of smoker.

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
180
(
Calories from Fat
70),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
8g
8%
(Saturated Fat
2 1/2g,
2 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
60mg
60%;
Sodium
430mg
430%;
Total Carbohydrate
6g
6%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
6g
6%
),
Protein
21g
21%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 3 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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