Our friend Jon is great at grilling, and John has been talking up this pork chop marinade of his. He made it last week and it was just terrific. He changed the recipe only slightly (a bit more cider, threw in a star anise).
6 bone-in pork chops (you also can cut a pork loin into chops)
2 cups apple cider
1 cups water
3.5 tablespoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
1/2 tablespoon dried thyme (or fresh if you have it. a little more if fresh)
3-4 cloves chopped garlic (to taste preference based on size of cloves)
8-10 dried allspice berries (you can probably use ground but dont know what that equates too.)
1/2 bay leaf
1-2 star anise
Mix all brine ingredients together. Brine for about 8 hours or overnight.
Cook pork chops on charcoal grill (turning at least once) until 140 degrees. Allow to rest at least 5 minutes before serving.