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Moscow mule brined pork chop

Ninja Foodi Grill Recipe: Moscow Mule Brined Pork Chop

Paul Sidoriak
When cooked properly, pork chops make for a delicious and satisfying meal that's quite affordable. But most people shy away from making pork chops because they are often dry and lacking flavor. This Moscow Mule brined pork chop is juicy and flavorful.
4.8 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Additional Time 5 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Cuisine American
Calories 326 kcal


  • 1 14-ounce bottle spicy ginger beer (such as Bundaberg or Cock ’n Bull)
  • 2 ounces 1⁄4 cup vodka
  • 3 cups ice cubes

  • 2 medium limes

  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 ⁄4 cup garlic salt
  • 4 fresh kaffir lime leaves
  • 2 12-ounce thick-cut pork chops
  • 2-3 tablespoons of your favorite pork seasoning to taste


  • Make the brine
    1 In a medium bowl, make a Moscow mule cocktail by combining the ginger beer, vodka, and ice. Cut the limes into wedges and squeeze the juice into the cocktail mixture, then add the juiced wedges as well. 
  • 2 Remove the boiling water from the heat and add the garlic salt; stir to dissolve. Bruise the kaffir lime leaves by folding them a few times; place in the hot garlic water. Set aside to steep for 5 minutes and then add the entire mixture to the cocktail, stirring to combine. 
  • Brine the pork chops3 Using a sharp knife, trim any excess fat from the exterior of the pork chops to ¼ inch. Place your pork chops in the Moscow mule brine mixture, making sure they are well covered with the liquid. Refrigerate, covered, for 8 to 24 hours, rotating the chops in the brine every few hours. 
  • Prepare the Ninja Foodi Grill
    4 Set up your Foodi Grill for cooking with the grill plate and preheat to 375°F.
  • Prepare the pork chops for grilling
    5 Remove the chops from the brine and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Season generously with the pork rub on both sides.
  • seasoned pork chop
  • Insert a probe thermometer into one of the chops from the side. If the chops have a bone, insert the probe so that it goes through the meat toward the bone but doesn’t touch the bone. 
  • Cook the pork chops
    6 Place the chops on the preheated grate and grill.
  • Flip occasionally to promote browning and even cooking.
  • Moscow mule brined pork chop in Foodi Grill
  • Typically they are done in 10 to 15 minutes—but cook to temperature, not time.
  • Cooking pork chops in the ninja foodi grill
  • When the pork chops reach an internal temperature of 142°F, remove them from the grill and loosely tent with foil.
  • Allow them to rest for 10 minutes before serving. 


Kaffir lime leaves bring a bit of brightness to this dish.
They are an optional ingredient commonly found with other fresh Asian ingredients in the produce section of your grocery store.
If you cannot find fresh Kaffir lime leaves feel free to use dried ones or substitute with 1 tablespoon of lime zest.


Serving: 1gCalories: 326kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 24gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 9770mgFiber: 3gSugar: 25g
Keyword brined pork chops, juicy pork chops, moscow mule, ninja foodi grill pork chops, pork chops
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