Apple Brine for Pork

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.

Apple Brine for PorkCheck 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

Course Brine
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4


  • 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.

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