Make the brine: In a small saucepan, combine salt, sugar, bay leaves, thyme, and 2 cups of water and heat to dissolve salt and sugar. Add beer and 2 more cups of cold water. Cool brine to room temperature before pouring over chops. Allow to brine 6 to 8 hours or overnight.
“This apple soup, like most soups, gets better as it sits. For best results: chill overnight, reheat the next day, and serve. If you can wait!”
In a 300-degree oven, slow roast the shallots with a bit of butter and salt and pepper for about 20 minutes until golden brown and soft. After roasting, julienne the shallots. While the shallots are roasting, cook the bacon until crisp, drain, and cut into ½-inch pieces. [...]
reheat oven to 300 degrees. While the oven is heating, begin charring the wood chips in a pan over high heat until they begin to smoke and almost catch on fire (be sure to turn your hood vents on for this step). While the wood chips are [...]