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Jax-Tiger
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To dry brine pork chops or not? Done
This week's experiment is to take this beautiful bone-in pork chop and dry brine it over night. I'm going to take it's equally beautiful sibling and salt it right before cooking. I will season both chops the same and compare the results.
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unclejhim
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re: To dry brine pork chops or not? Done
I do that all the time. Treat a good thick center cut chop just like a steak.


Jax-Tiger
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re: To dry brine pork chops or not? Done
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I do that all the time. Treat a good thick center cut chop just like a steak


I do to. I just want to do a side by side and see the difference.


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Tbobby
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I never brine anything


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BigDropper
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re: To dry brine pork chops or not? Done
Be careful with your salt & duration.

Too much salt & for too long might produce something like the texture of ham, which may or may not be good.



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re: To dry brine pork chops or not? Done
When I dry brine a steak or chop, I just do it for an hour or two, not overnight. That is enough time for the salt to draw out liquid, dissolve, and be reabsorbed.

That said, a Youtuber tried salting steaks for a minute, an hour, and overnight. He said the crust was a little thicker on the overnight, and the steak was more tender, but the results of an hour and overnight were pretty close.

Youtube video


Jax-Tiger
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re: To dry brine pork chops or not? Done
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When I dry brine a steak or chop, I just do it for an hour or two, not overnight. That is enough time for the salt to draw out liquid, dissolve, and be reabsorbed.


I did this one overnight, but you can see from the picture, I didn't put too much salt on it. Here is a picture from a few minutes ago.

Not a lot of difference, color wise, but if you look closely, you can see the marbling and texture much better than before.

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JimMorrison
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re: To dry brine pork chops or not? Done
Let's get a side by side comparison pic with the other chop.

How are you going to cook these?


Jax-Tiger
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re: To dry brine pork chops or not? Done
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Let's get a side by side comparison pic with the other chop.

How are you going to cook these?


Will do that right before the cook.

Going to reverse sear them and then glaze them with something (undecided about what).


Jax-Tiger
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re: To dry brine pork chops or not? Done
Side by side. You can see that the chop that was dry brined overnight is darker and richer looking. These chops were both purchased at the same time at Fresh Market.
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Jax-Tiger
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re: To dry brine pork chops or not? Done
On the grill, along with some chicken. I always try to give my chicken a little color by rotating it through the hot zone.


Jax-Tiger
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re: To dry brine pork chops or not? Done
The results. I put a roasted raspberry chipotle glaze on both of them and pulled them off the grill.



I cut into them, and they look similar, but the one that was dry brined overnight had a more intense, longer lasting flavor bite. Both chops started off with the glaze being the dominant flavor, but the dry brined steak had a better flavor and was a bit more tender. Definitely the way to go.


TigerFanatic99
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re: To dry brine pork chops or not? Done
Dis you wipe or wash the salt off before cooking?


Rza32
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re: To dry brine pork chops or not? Done
No, the salt is dissolved and absorbed into the meat. You won’t see it anymore.


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