Best New Comfort Foods: Apple-Brined Pork Chop

These juicy chops brine in sweet juices for an entire day.

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“My menus
have almost always featured a pork chop,” says Black Market chef and partner Micah Frank. “We have steaks from time to time, usually more rustic cuts like flatiron, but nothing says ‘Indiana’ like a juicy pork chop.” Frank slow-brines chops from Fischer Farms in Jasper for at least a day and a half in a solution he usually sweetens with apple juice or cider, giving the meat a great crust and char on the grill. (If only we could re-create this in our own kitchen.) The homey sides get special attention, too: luscious creamy grits, lightly sauteed fresh greens, and smoky barbecued black beans cooked until al dente. Just be careful not to let someone at your table steal your leftovers. “I saw one guy take the bone off of his friend’s plate to nibble every last bite,” says Frank. “I wanted to buy that guy a beer!”

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This article appeared in the January 2014 issue.