Chef’s Corner: Dunkin’ Dark Roast Coffee Brined Pork Chops

Chef’s Corner: Dunkin’ Dark Roast Coffee Brined Pork Chops

Here at Dunkin’ Donuts, we don’t BBQ, we DDQ! With the summer season in full swing, we’ve been grilling up a storm, and couldn’t resist the opportunity to share a great new recipe with you: Dunkin’ Dark Roast Coffee Brined Pork Chops. Quick and easy to put together, this DD Coffee Brined Pork Chops recipe is sure to be a hit with your guests!


Chefs Michael and Heidi BBQ'ing their creation


Created by Dunkin’ Donuts chef’s Michael McEwen and Heidi Curry, this brine will spice up your barbeque and thrill your grill with the rich, bold flavors of Dunkin’ Dark Roast coffee. Complimented by a sweet and savory mix of brown sugar, cinnamon, garlic, ginger, black pepper, and more, our Dunkin’ Dark Roast inspireDD brine will bring out the smoky, caramel qualities in your pork chops, or pork loin.

So, why use a brine versus a marinade? According to chef’s Michael and Heidi, both are delicious, but a brine is better suited for leaner types of meat, like pork or chicken. Brines also offer a lot of opportunity for flexing your creative culinary muscles, because you can mix in a variety of spices, both sweet and savory, depending on your taste preferences. In addition to the great flavors, don’t forget that a brine also brings an increDDible aroma to your table.

So, if you’re looking to impress frienDDs and family with your grilling skills this summer, try out Michael and Heidi’s recipe below!

                Dunkin’ Dark Roast Coffee Brined Pork Chops

Serve with your favorite sides; such as potato salad and grilled fresh vegetables.  


4-5   Bone in Pork Chops (Pork Loin or Pork Rib Chops)
1head  Garlic
3 slices  Ginger
2T  Kosher Salt
2t  Black Peppercorn
2t  Coriander Seed
1each  Cinnamon Stick
2T  Brown Sugar
1 small cup  Iced Dunkin Dark Roast, no ice

- In a small sauce pot, on medium low heat, lightly brown ginger and garlic. 
- Add spices and salt. Toast for a minute or two.
- Add brown sugar and coffee. Heat until dissolved.
- Remove from heat, allow to cool before using.
- Place pork chops into an airtight container or sealable storage bag.
- Pour Brine over Pork Chops, allow to sit in brine for a minimum of 6-8 hours, preferably overnight in the refrigerator.


- When ready to cook, heat grill and remove pork chops from the refrigerator.
- Take pork chops out of brine, pat dry with a paper towel
- Rub chops with a little oil
- When grill is ready, place chops on grill and allow to cook for 6-7 on the first side (depending on thickness of the chops)
- Flip the chops, cook for another, 4-5 minutes.  
- Remove from grill, allow to sit for 2-3 minutes before serving

Did you try Michael and Heidi’s grilling recipe? Let us know by leaving a  comment  below!