Cider Brined Pork Chops with Potato Salad

29 Jul 2020

Cider Brined Pork Chops with Potato Salad

45 Minutes | easy | Serves 2

Brining the pork chops in cider overnight keeps them super juicy and adds flavour, too. They’re perfect with a spoonful of wholegrain mustard and this herby potato salad. If you don’t have time to brine the chops they will still be delicious simply grilled.


  • 500ml cider
  • 2 thick-cut pork chops
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 500g waxy potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon each basil, tarragon and chives (or soft herbs of your choice)
  • 1 tablespoon creme fraiche, mascarpone or mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • ½ red onion, finely chopped




Trim the outer layer of fat from the pork chops, using the natural line visible between the skin and meat of the pork chop as a guide (you’ll be trimming around half of the fat off).



Combine the cider with the salt and stir until the salt is dissolved. Place the pork chops in a shallow dish and pour over the brine, making sure the chops are completely covered. Add the bay leaves, cover and refrigerate overnight.


Drain & Combine

To make the potato salad, cook the potatoes in boiling salted water. Drain and combine with all the other ingredients plus some salt and pepper.

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Remove the pork chops from the brine and pat dry.


Light Gas Burners

Light 2 gas burners on the Jupiter Outback BBQ and set the heat to medium high.


Cook each side

Place the pork chops on the grill and cook for around 5-10 minutes each side, depending on the thickness of the chops.

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Allow the chops to rest for a few minutes before slicing and serving with the potato salad.

Recipe Author

Recipe Author

Helen Graves

Helen Graves is an award-winning recipe, food and travel writer with a particular interest in barbecue. She writes freelance for many major food and drink publications and is editor of Pit, the UK's first independent magazine about live-fire cooking. Helen has created a series of exclusive recipes for Outback that focus on maximising flavour for the home cook using lots of spices, fresh herbs and BBQ techniques.

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