I use this apple brine for pork on grilled pork tenderloins, giving them a nice light apple flavor with a little kick to offset the sweetness. It works great also on bone-in or boneless pork chops. The brine does contain a bit of sugar. Make sure you shake off the excess marinade before cooking since the sugar mind have a tendency to burn.
Check out our awesome grilled pork tenderloin recipe. The pork is sliced thin and then topped with a fantastic apple and stuffing mix. It’s almost like having pork apple pie!
If you’re grilling chicken instead of pork, give my chicken brine a try!
Apple Brine for Pork
- 2 cups apple juice
- 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup kosher salt
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1-2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
Makes enough for 4 medium pork chops or 1 pork tenderloin
- Add juice to a large pot along with 1 cup of water.
- Bring to a simmer, then stir in the remaining ingredients until both the salt and brown sugar are dissolved.
- Remove pot from heat and add 2 cups of ice cubes. Let sit until the liquid has cooled.
- Place pork into a large resealable baggie. Add marinade and seal.
- Marinade 4-24 hours.
- Shake off excess marinade before cooking pork.