Vanilla Brined Pork Chops with Applesauce for #AppleWeek

Vanilla Brined Pork Chops with Honeycrisp Applesauce for #AppleWeek! These moist chops and sweet homemade sauce make a wonderful fall dish!



Spice Rub



Vanilla-Brined Pork Chops

  1. Combine all brine ingredients in a gallon sized zipper bag. Shake a bit until the salt and sugar dissolve.
  2. Use a fork to poke a few holes in each chop. Place pork chops in bag and refrigerate overnight, or for up to 24 hours.
  3. Remove pork chops from bag and dry. Let rest for a few minutes at room temperature.
  4. Combine rub ingredients. Coat pork chops and cook in one of the following ways, until a thermometer measures 145F internally.
  5. Grill: 4-6 minutes per side (longer if quite thick)
  6. Broil: 6-8 minutes per side
  7. Roast: Preheat oven to 400F. Sear both sides of the chops in an oven-safe skillet; then roast for 5-10 minutes.


  1. Combine all ingredients in a pot. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 25 minutes or until apples are fork-tender.
  2. If you like the consistency, leave as is. For a smoother applesauce, use an immersion blender, regular blender, or food processor to puree to desired consistency.
  3. Serve pork chops with a healthy serving of applesauce.