Fresh Pork Chops with Herb Butter

This is a new addition to my recipe repertoire – pork chop brine!  I have discovered that brining fresh pork chops is the secret to really, really delicious pork chops.  We have been regularly including them in our meals ever since I tried this!  There are a million recipes for brines out there, but this is one that I made up after reading a bunch of them.  It’s delicious with fresh herb butter!

Brined & Grilled Pork Chop with Fresh Herb Butter | Oysters & Pearls

Brine for Fresh Pork Chops

ingredients

– 4 cups cold water
– 1 tablespoons kosher salt
– 1 tablespoon sugar
– 2 garlic cloves, minced
– 1 heaping teaspoon ground mustard

instructions

Mix together all the ingredients and pour over pork chops in a tupperware.  Refrigerate for at least two hours, but longer is better!  When you’re ready to cook them, rinse them off and pat them dry.  Grill until the center is 160 degrees Fahrenheit.  It will be juicy and so tender!

Brining Porch Chops Before Grilling | Oysters & Pearls

Topped with a tablespoon of fresh herb butter, it’s even better!  I used butter from my hometown creamery, Ocheesee Creamery in Blountstown, Florida!  When my sister and I were little, my mom took us to their farm and we got to see the entire operation, watch them milk cows, etc.  I was really little, but it made a lasting impression on me!  You can buy their grass-fed milk, cream, and butter at New Leaf Market in Tallahassee, which is where I purchased this.  Anybody know where else you can purchase it?  Leave a comment and let us know.

Ocheesee Creamery Butter | Oysters & Pearls

Place butter in a mixing bowl, and added a few tablespoons of chopped fresh chives, and a little parsley, if you’ve got it.   I only had a little parsley because the zebra swallowtail caterpillars have utterly demolished all our parsley.

Zebra Swallowtail Caterpillar | Oysters & Pearls

I didn’t have the heart to get rid of them though, so we’ll just do without.

Chives & Parsley for Herb Butter | Oysters & Pearls Chopped Herbs for Herb Butter | Oysters & Pearls

Whip it up to buttery perfection!

Fresh Herb Butter | Oysters & Pearls

Put it back in the fridge until you want to use it, but make sure to set it out ahead of time so it’s easy to scoop some onto your pork chop.  It’s also really good on bread or rolls!

Brined Pork Chop with Herb Butter  | Oysters & Pearls

We had a light meal the last time we cooked these and ended up just having a pork chop and a sliced tomato from the garden.  It was simple and delicious.

Brined Pork Chop with Herb Butter | Oysters & Pearls

Thanks to my grill master, Wheat, for perfectly grilling them and for those fantastic grill marks.  Yum!

TGIF!  Tonight we are up to our usual Friday antics.  Happy hour at the country club for the weekly drawing, and then dinner with friends.  Love Fridays!  I have some projects up my sleeve for the weekend – one hopefully involving furniture.  Whatever you’ve got planned, I hope you have a great weekend!

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3 thoughts on “Fresh Pork Chops with Herb Butter

  1. Jim McClellan

    Brining them tenderizes them? That’s good to know. That’s my biggest gripe with grilling pork chops — there’s a fine line between “done” and “shoe leather.” I’ll give it a try. If I ever get anything to taste as good as your pictures look, I’ll consider it a great victory.

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    1. oystersandpearls Post author

      The brining tenderizes them a little I think, but it really ensures that they are so moist and flavorful! I have never been a huge pork chop fan either… Until I started brining them! Thanks for that compliment! Sometimes I have major cooking disasters, but it’s worth it to get to the good stuff! :) Have a good weekend!

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