Top Barbecue Mop Recipes

More commonly known as bastes or basting sauces, mops are the true sauce of barbecue. These thin solutions of flavor keep your barbecue and grilling moist and infuse it with flavor while you are cooking. So get yourself a good mopping brush and mix up on of these, the most popular mop recipes on my site.

Remember, mops are added while meats are smoking, either on the grill or in the smoker. Apply in several thin layers to retain moisture and build layers of flavor. A proper mop works with the...MORE barbecue rub to build a crusty surface on meats.

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    This is a great mop for all kinds of ribs, but also brisket and pork. You get the tenderizing power of the vinegar and a whole lot of flavor from the herbs and spices.

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    This flavorful barbecue mop recipe will keep your brisket full of flavor and add moisture during the smoking process. Remember to get the mop on the meat and don't worry about the fat.

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    Paul Williams sent me this fantastic mop recipe that works well on beef and pretty much anything else. This mop has no sugar so you don't have to worry about it burning.

  • 04 of 10

    This beef rib mop has the right amount of vinegar to keep the ribs tender and moist. It also has a slightly sweet, but mildly spicy flavor which will produce a tasty rack of ribs.

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    This mop is your best odds to keeping ribs tender and moist during the smoking process. The herbs and spices will add flavor, but remember to apply the mop lightly so you don't wash off the rub.

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    Smoked barbecue ribs
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    This is a good, simple basting sauce or mop, for large cuts of meat. If you don't need this much, cut the recipe down by half.

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    Beef Brisket
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    This is your best shot at a great mop for a smoked beef brisket. This mixture will keep the meat tender, moist, and flavorful while Cookings. Remember to apply the mop every 2 hours.

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    Barbecue Beef Mop
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    This great beefy mop can be used on any cut of beef, whether you are smoking or grilling, but it is especially good on brisket.

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  • 09 of 10
    Barbecue ribs
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    While Memphis ribs are typically (not always) done without a sauce they do get some moisture, tenderization, and flavor from a good mop. Memphis mops, like most barbecue mops are made with vinegar and some seasoning. We're using our Memphis Rub for flavor. Mops are applied during the smoking process to prevent meats from drying out and to create a layering of flavor that is vital to great barbecue.

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    Basting ribs with barbecue
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    This versatile sauce can be used for any recipe that calls for a basting sauce. It has the right balance of flavors to work perfectly on any meat being grilled or smoked.