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Beer Brined Grilled Pork Chops by Ray Sheehan

by | Published Jan 22, 2018 | Last updated Nov 1, 2021 | 3 comments

Prep Time12 hrsCook Time20 minsTotal Time12 hrs 20 minsYields6 Servings
This pork recipe was submitted to us by our new friend Ray Sheehan over at BBQ Buddha. Ray makes some world class BBQ sauces and rubs and he was kind enough to set us with some samples along with this fine recipe featuring brined pork chops. When you brine a piece of meat, especially a lean cut, you are able impart flavor and moisture. The use of dark beer and molasses gives this recipe a nice nutty flavor and amber color. We recommend brining for at least 8-12 hours for maximum flavor.
beer brined pork chops
Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 Pork Chop

Servings 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 196
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 55mg19%
Sodium 1026mg43%
Potassium 17mg1%
Total Carbohydrate 6g2%
Dietary Fiber 6g24%
Sugars 0g
Protein 21g42%

Vitamin A 11%
Vitamin C 6%
Calcium 20%
Iron 21%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.



Combine 2C. water, Beer, 1/4C. salt, sugar, and molasses in a large bowl. Stir until salt and sugar dissolve. Place chops in a resealable plastic bag. Pour brine over chops. Seal bag, refrigerate 4 to 12 hours, turning occasionally.


Prepare barbecue to medium high heat. Remove chops from bag, pat dry.


In another bowl mix together minced garlic, 2tsp black pepper, 2tsp salt,2tsp dried sage, and ½ tsp dried thyme. Rub this garlic mixture onto both sides of the chops.


Grill pork chops until an instant read thermometer registers 145 to 150 degrees, about 8-10 minutes per side.


Remove chops from grill. Let rest for 5 minutes. Serve and enjoy!


The Brine:
 2 Cups Water
 2 Cups Dark Lager Beer
 1/4 Cup Coarse Salt
 1/4 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
 1/4 Cup Molasses
For the Chops:
 6 Bone in Center Cut Pork Chops
 6 Garlic cloves minced
 2 tsp Black Pepper
 2 tsp Salt
 2 tsp Dried Sage leaves
 ½ tsp Dried Thyme


  1. Art Goring Jr.

    What should the temperature be on a pellet smoker or grate temperature?

  2. hungry

    How thick are the chops, and what temperature (degrees Fahrenheit) does he consider “medium high heat”?

  3. Chef Michael

    The chops can be any thickness you like. You are cooking to temperature not really by time. With a pellet grill and GrillGrates you almost always want your thermostat as hot as it will go.


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