Combine 1 gallon water, the salt, sugar, parsley, thyme, peppercorns, bay leaves, cloves, garlic and star anise in a pot and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar and salt. Remove from the heat, and let cool completely.
Pour over pork chops, cover and let brine in the refrigerator for 6 to 12 hours. Drain the chops, and then sear or cook as desired.
For larger amounts, add another gallon of water and double the recipe.
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