Orange-and-Rosemary-Brined Pork Chops with Applesauce

Photo: Marcus Nilsson
Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • ¼ cup sugar

  • ¼ cup coarse salt

  • 2 dried bay leaves

  • 8 1-by-3-inch strips orange zest

  • 16 whole black peppercorns

  • 3 small sprigs rosemary

  • 4 bone-in pork rib chops (each about 12 ounces and 1 inch thick)

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • Flat-leaf parsley sprigs, for serving

  • Martha's Pink Applesauce, for serving


  1. Combine sugar, salt, bay leaves, orange zest, peppercorns, rosemary, and 4 cups water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar and salt are dissolved. Reduce to a simmer and cook 1 minute. Remove from heat; let cool completely. Pour over pork chops in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Cover and refrigerate, turning once, at least 4 hours and up to overnight.

  2. Remove pork from brine; discard brine. Pat chops dry; let stand 15 minutes. Heat a large cast-iron or other heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and swirl to coat. Add pork, working in batches, if necessary, and cook until bottoms are deep golden brown, about 5 minutes. Turn and cook until a thermometer inserted into thickest part of chops (without touching bone) registers 138 degrees, about 3 minutes more. Let rest 5 minutes. Garnish with parsley and serve with applesauce.

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