Maple-Brined Pork Chops With Herbed Cherry Compote

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The brine:

1 cup kosher salt

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 cup pure maple syrup

5 garlic cloves, smashed

1 bay leaf, torn into small pieces

3 sprigs thyme

8 cups water

The chops:

4 pork loin chops

-- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

2 tablespoons olive oil

The compote:

2 tablespoons butter

1 large shallot, minced

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons cherry preserves

2 cups pitted fresh cherries, halved

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme

3/4 teaspoon dried lavender

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