Apple Moonshine Glazed Pork Chops

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Soaked in an apple moonshine brine, rubbed with seasoning and grilled to perfection, then brushed with a sweet glaze…these pork chops have a serious “wow-factor!”



Pork Chops with Attitude

Happy Father’s Day meal meant a “manly meal.’  I started brainstorming what to make and came up with pork chops…but how mix it up? I wanted something with a “wow-factor” because my hubby deserves wow-factor.

What goes better than pork chops than apple? <cue Brady Bunch quote> “PORK CHOPS ‘n APPLE SAUCE!”

I started looking for ideas and thought, it would be so fun to use that apple moonshine I had in the fridge.  I found a recipe that I could adapt, and went for it!



fathers day present a new grill
Happy Father’s Day – 2014

Apple Moonshine Glazed Pork Chops on a new grill! 

We are doing a bit of a backyard remodel this summer, and we really needed a new grill.  The one we had has seen MANY a backyard BBQ over the last 10 years.  It seems family gathers here, and in the summer when we do, it’s in the back yard.  

We needed something a little bigger.  So, the kids and I got him a new grill for Father’s Day. What’s better than a new grill??  Getting to TRY IT OUT!



The day of, I did all of the prep work and my hubby and our oldest son did the grilling.

I served it up with some Homemade Cornbread Drop Biscuits and mixed greens salad topped with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette.

I’ve mentioned before that I typically grill by adding a little salt and pepper and throwing it on the grill.   Then I made the Jack & Coke Steaks a while back and we loved them.  I am really getting sold on marinades.  It makes the meat so much more tender and juicy.  The flavor of these pork chops was out of this world!

There is nothing better than a meal on the grill!



Pork Grilling Recipes

When done right, pork from the grill is outstanding.  It’s tender and juicy and never dry.  People complain that pork is dry, and I am here to tell you, that’s because you cooked it way too long.  

The misconception is that things like pork loins and pork chops need to be cooked to 160 degrees like ground pork does to be considered “done.” To get the best tasting, juicy, never dry pork chops and loins, the internal temperature should be 145 degrees F.  Iowa Pork has a great read on Safe Internal Pork Temperature.

My husband grew up on a farm in Iowa where they raised hogs his whole life.  As you can imagine, we love the story of Iowa farmers and farmers in general, and we eat a lot of pork.

I thought I would share some of my other favorite pork grilling recipes with you today! 


Sweet & Spicy Bacon Wrapped Country Style Pork Ribs


Smoked Pork Loin on platter

Smoked Pork Loin



Instant Pot Dr. Pepper BBQ Pork Ribs

Instant Pot Dr. Pepper BBQ Pork Ribs


Dorothy's BBQ Pork Chops Plated

Dorothy’s BBQ’s Pork Chops



BBQ Pork Ribs

BBQ Country Style Pork Ribs



Apple Moonshine Glazed Pork Chops Recipe

I found a recipe online that I adapted these Apple Moonshine Pork Chops from. The original recipe actually used apple cider, so feel free to do that if you don’t have any moonshine on hand or if you don’t like the thought of cooking with alcohol. 

My husband was so impressed that the chops were done to perfection based on the grilling times the online recipe suggested.  The instructions were spot-on.

So even though I switched up the ingredients to our liking and to what I had on hand, I used his grilling instructions verbatim. 


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Dinner was enjoyed by all, and  I am happy to report that my hubby LOVES his new grill.  He is such an amazing man,  his father’s day had to have some WOW FACTOR… I hope he felt it!

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Let’s get to this amazing grilled pork chop recipe using apple moonshine!  M.

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Apple Moonshine Glazed Pork Chops

Soaked in a brine, rubbed with seasoning and grilled to perfection, then brushed with a sweet glaze...these pork chops have a serious "wow-factor!"
Prep Time4 hours
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time4 hours 20 minutes
Course: Grilling
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Moonshine Glazed Pork Chops
Servings: 6
Calories: 459kcal
Author: An Affair from the Heart


  • MEAT
  • 6 Thick Cut Bone-In Pork chops
  • 1 tablespoon crushed hot red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons boiling water
  • 2 cups Apple-Moonshine or substitute apple cider
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil for rubbing.
  • 1/2 cup apple jelly
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 small Granny Smith apple peeled, cored and grated
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped chives



  • Place the pepper flakes in a small bowl and pour boiling water over them, letting them sit and re-hydrate. Combine the pepper flake with all the remaining brine ingredients. Blend using an immersion/stick blender, or blend in a regular blender.
  • Place the chops in an extra- large re-seal able plastic bag (I used a 2 gallon size). Add brine to bag and squeeze out any excess air. and zip closed. Roll the bag to evenly coat all of the meat in the brine. Place bag in the refrigerator 3 or 4 hours. I flipped the bag over a couple of times when I thought about it.
  • Combine all of the seasoning ingredients (EXCEPT the oil) in a jar with a lid and shake to combine. Set seasoning aside until ready to grill.
  • Combine ingredients for glaze in a jar with a lid, set aside.
  • Preheat one grate of a well- oiled charcoal or gas grill to high and another to low.
  • Remove the chops from the brine, letting any excess brine remain in the bag.
  • Sprinkle the seasoning blend evenly on all sides of the chops. Coat your hands with oil and rub the seasoning over all sides of the chops.
  • It is preferable that the chops be moved to a clean area of the grate when flipped during the initial charring. Depending on the grill size, they may need to be cooked in batches to ensure there is a clean portion of the grill to flip to. Place the chops on the high grate, and keeping the lid open, do not move the chops until they are well marked and lightly charred, about 3 minutes. Flip, still over high, with the lid open, and repeat on the second side, grilling for about 3 minutes. Move the chops to the low grate, and close the lid. Open the lid every few minutes, flipping, jockeying, and stacking throughout the remaining cooking time. Cook about 8 minutes for medium, about 10 minutes for medium-well, and about 12 minutes for well-done. The chops will continue to cook as they are glazed. Give the glaze a quick shake to reincorporate any ingredients that may have settled. Brush with the glaze on the first side, flip, and brush on the second side. Remove the chops from the heat and let rest for about 5 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with fresh chives and serve.


adapted from


Serving: 1g | Calories: 459kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 9951mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 53g





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  1. I have been waiting for this recipe!! We were given cherries in moonshine and now, I know what to do with them! LOVE the changes to your blog!!! Where have I been?! <3 and hugs sweet friend!

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