Sweet Tea Brined Pork Chops on the Big Green Egg

 Sweet Tea Brined Pork Chops

Credit to: https://www.southernkitchen.com/recipes/main-dish/magnolia-grill-s-sweet-tea-brined-pork-chops

Prep Time: 25 minutes | Cook Time: 25 minutes | Servings: Serves: 4


  • 1 quart water
  • 1/2 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed flat with the back of a knife or with a garlic press
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds
  • 2 teaspoons black peppercorns
  • 6 allspice berries
  • 6 cloves
  • 2 bags orange pekoe tea, preferably Twinings, Luzianne or Lipton
  • 1 bay leaf, preferably fresh
  • 2 cups ice
  • 4 (10- to 12-ounce) bone-in pork loin chops
Can't find thyme, rosemary, and allspice berries at your local grocery? No sweat, we found them available on line with quick shipping. They arrived in handy re-sealable bags. We even had to order the orange pekoe tea bags. Trust me. It's worth it!!

Prepare the Brine:

  • In a large pot over medium high heat, combine the water, onion, thyme, rosemary, garlic, salt, molasses, coriander, peppercorns, allspice, cloves, tea bags and bay leaf. 
  • Bring to a boil and then remove from the heat. 

  • Transfer to a sealable container, add the ice and let cool to room temperature.

  • Once cool, remove the tea bags
  • Add the pork chops to the brine 
  • seal the container 
  • refrigerate for 24-48 hours. I personally prefer no less than 36 hours

Grill the Chops on the Big Green Egg:

  • Remove the pork chops from the brine. Pat dry with paper towels and hold in refrigerator until ready to grill.
  • Heat the Big Green Egg to 350F with plate setter and grill in place

  • Place the pork chops directly onto the grill and cook 5 to 7 minutes per side until 145F internal temperature. 
  • Remove from the grill immediately 
  • Let rest for at least 5 minutes and serve.


Per serving: 323 calories (percent of calories from fat, 44), 36 grams protein, 9 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram fiber, 15 grams fat (5 grams saturated), 28 milligrams cholesterol, 319 milligrams sodium.