Honey Brined Pork Chops with Creole Mustard Reduction Sauce

Total Time:
5 hr 15 min
Prep:
15 min
Inactive:
4 hr
Cook:
1 hr

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 4 bone-in pork chops, about 12 ounces each
  • 1 gallon warm water
  • 3/4 pound kosher salt, about 1 3/4 cups
  • 1 1/2 cups honey
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ground cloves
  • Creole Mustard Reduction Sauce, recipe follows
Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Heat the water, salt, and honey in a stockpot. Stir to dissolve the honey and salt. Remove from the heat. Add the thyme, pepper, and cloves, and refrigerate until well chilled, about 2 hours. Once cool, submerge the pork chops in the brining liquid. Marinate for 2 hours, refrigerated.

Remove from the refrigerator and pat the chops dry with paper towels.

Heat a large, heavy, non-stick grill pan or non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chops in batches, as necessary, and sear on each side, about 1 minute per side. Transfer to a roasting pan or baking sheet and roast until cooked through, about 18 minutes.

Serve with Creole Mustard Reduction Sauce.

Creole Mustard Reduction Sauce:

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon minced shallots

1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic

1 cup dry red wine

2 cups chicken stock

1/4 cup Creole mustard or other spicy, whole-grain mustard

Heat the oil a medium pot over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and garlic, and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 1 minute. Add the wine. Stir and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until reduced to a thick glaze, 18 to 20 minutes. Add the chicken stock and Creole mustard, stir well, and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes to allow the flavors to blend. Remove from the heat and cover to keep warm until ready to serve.

Yield: 2 cups


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