Pork Brine – $5 Dinner Challenge

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on June 22, 2009

4 pork chops (free!) Remember this coupon!
1 cup apple juice ($.15)
1/2 cup salt ($.10)
4 corn cobs ($1)
1/2 bag of lettuce ($1.50)
1/2 cucumber ($.25)
2 Roma tomatoes ($.58) Big sale last week!
Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing ($.25)


1. Place apple juice, salt plus 1 cup of water into shallow dish.  Place pork chops into the brine in single layer and pour enough water over the top so the pork chops are covered.  Cover with foil and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
2. Grill pork chops for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until they have cooked through.  Cooking time may vary depending on thickness of each pork chop.
3. Grill corn, or boil in large saucepan for 4-5 minutes.
4. Prepare salad with tomatoes, sliced cucumbers and balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
5. Serve Grilled Pork Chops with Salad and Corn Cobs.

Cost $3.83

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Melissa June 22, 2009 at 7:31 pm

Here is a recipe for Freezer Burritos that I altered to make for less (less than $1 each). This is a great meal to toss in the freezer and have for quick lunches. I love these!



Tosha June 22, 2009 at 7:33 pm
Melody June 22, 2009 at 8:12 pm

Great idea! We’ll have to try that. Thanks!

Here’s a recipe for Scallops and Bacon Spaghetti. Granted I buy cheap scallops, but the flavor is awesome!



FishMama June 22, 2009 at 8:18 pm
Kristen June 22, 2009 at 9:12 pm

Here is my link for stuffed bread:
I used leftovers, so the cost was really low. Although this can be made using fresh ingredients, it’s a great way to camouflage leftovers!


Kelly Lininger June 22, 2009 at 10:01 pm

May I put this recipe on my July Blog for recipes with a link to your page?

Please email and let me know – thanks much


Kate @ Stolen Moments June 22, 2009 at 10:12 pm

Those sound great Erin! And so simple too.

Here’s mine – Sausage & Gravy Breakfast Pizza


Amber June 22, 2009 at 10:14 pm

This isn’t a healthy recipe by any means, but it is really tasty and kinda fancy – great for a special occasion.



Savings Ninja June 22, 2009 at 10:32 pm

Those pork chops look great! I’m going to try that next time we have a grilling day!

Tonight I made some Easy Beef Chow Mein using leftovers:


Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship June 23, 2009 at 7:10 am

Feed 10 people for under $3 with a super healthy and delicious Cabbage Soup: http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/2009/06/23/recipe-connection-katies-simple-cabbage-soup-with-secret-super-food/


ElizabethG June 23, 2009 at 8:37 pm

Here’s my Tuna Salad, Take Two (new and improved and brimming with healthfulness!):



Utah Deal Diva- Homemade Lasagna for .35 a serving! June 24, 2009 at 9:59 pm

Here’s an easy recipe for very inexpensive, healthy lasagna!


Lindsey June 26, 2009 at 12:15 pm

I tried the pork chops, but some how they came out very salty! Not sure if it was the fact that I used sea salt instead. Also I used Motts for Tots instead of traditional apple juice.


Erin June 26, 2009 at 12:53 pm

Sorry about that Lindsey. How much water did you use when brining? Maybe cut it in half next time??? I love the texture that the brining gives to the pork!


Lindsey June 26, 2009 at 7:29 pm

I will try this again with stronger apple juice and lighter salt! We liked the texture of the pork chops and think it is worth a second try. Thanks for the tip:)


The crazy suburban mom June 28, 2009 at 6:28 am

I LOVE LOVE LOVE brining! And this is such an easy one! Thank you



C. Beth July 22, 2009 at 11:19 am

I’m marinating mine in the brine right now! Thanks!


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