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The beer brine makes these pork chops nice and juicy. The garlic paste adds an incredible flavor to that already provided by the beer brine.

Recipe by Bruce Aidells from Bon Appetite (modified from grill to smoker by PAGS).

Brine Ingredients
• 2 cups water
• 2 cups dark lager beer (I used Guiness)
• ¼ cup coarse salt
• 3 tablespoons (packed) dark brown sugar
• 3 tablespoons mild-flavored (light) molasses
• 1 cup ice cubes
• 5 1.5” thick(or better) loin chops (I cut my
own from a pork loin roast @1.79/lb)

Garlic Paste Ingredients
• 7 large garlic cloves, minced (I went heavy)
• 2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper
• 1 teaspoons salt
• 2 teaspoons dried sage leaves


Combine water, beer, coarse salt, sugar, and molasses in large bowl. Stir until salt and sugar dissolve. Stir in ice till melted. Place loin chops in large resealable plastic bag. Pour beer brine over pork chops; seal bag. Refrigerate 4 hours, turning bag occasionally. I brined for 6 hrs.

Prepare smoker, 260*, small chunk of hickory. Remove pork chops from beer brine; pat dry. Mix garlic, pepper, salt, and sage in small bowl. Rub garlic mixture over both sides of pork chops. Smoke pork chops till thermometer inserted into center of chops registers 145°F, about 1.5 hrs. Transfer chops to platter; cover with foil, and let stand 10 minutes. Serve. Goes well with Caesar salad.

These were just incredible. Very moist, tender, tasty, light smoke flavor. If you like garlic, you’ve got to give this recipe a try.

I was going to throw the chops onto the grill like the original recipe suggests, but it was raining so I used the smoker. I’m glad I did.

He likes it. Mikey likes it.


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Nice job, Pags. Looks good.

I've made the same recipe a number of times with bone in chops, and a couple tweeks of my own - 1/2 cup of garlic juice to the brine, and 2 tsp. ancho powder to the paste.

I find the smoker far superior to the grill. If you're not real careful with the heat of the grill it's easy for the garlic to burn. At that point you either toss the chops, or scrape like crazy. I've been there.
Originally posted by Pags:
I like the additions. Where do you find garlic juice? I've looked at a couple groceries but couldn't find.

Good point. With all the garlic, indirect on the grill would be the best way to cook 'em.

Pags - The garlic juice I use is from Garlic Valley Farms. It comes as regular or roasted in 8 ounce spray or pour bottles. Your not going to find it in a traditional grocery store. It's typically carried in small specialty stores. I'm lucky that my neighborhood butcher stocks it.

On their website, click the "Find A Retailer" link. Select California and look for a retailer near you. You're not far from Sacramento where I've seen it at Corti Bros, but maybe you can find something closer. If that fails, Amazon is a source.

I suggest you buy a minimum of 4 bottles, maybe 2 regular and 2 roasted. Once you start using it, it goes fast.
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dls. Thanks. You're a handy guy to know. Knowledgeable on several of the cooking fronts. I found a store about 12 miles away that carries the garlic juice. Heading up there is about an hour.

Did you know that garlic is good for the heart and keeps mosquitos away? Makes sense. Never noticed mosquitos when I use to visit my matronly Greek grandmother when I was a kid.

Noticed there is also a store in Gilroy, CA that carries the garlic juice. Who would expect to find garlic juice in the Garlic Capitol of the World?

Going to try the Chicago Style Italian Beef Sandwiches again this week using the garlic juice.

You should have seen the look on my wife's face when I asked her if she wanted to take a ride to Auburn. She said, "Why?" I said, "Garlic juice."
Drove to Auburn with the Mrs, bought 4 bottles of garlic juice--2 regular, 2 roasted. Went straight to golfing, my game was lousy, but I'm OK cause I came home to the loin chop left overs.

While at Ikeda's (the specialty store that sells the garlic juice), I bought a bottle of Frog Balls. Nope. Not what you're thinking. They're pickled brussel sprouts.

Also, bought some fresh honey and delicious chocolate chip cookies for the grandkids. OK. I ate 2 on the way to golf.

Thanks for the garlic juicie tip dls. That specialty store had a lot of neat things.
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