Homemade BBQ mop sauce is brushed onto your meat during a low and slow cook on the grill. The tangy, spiced mixture enhances the flavor and keeps your meat from drying out.

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No one really loves to mop their kitchen floor, but this homemade BBQ mop sauce recipe is so tasty it will have you thinking of mopping in a whole new light. And since it’s used in barbecuing you should have zero mess in the kitchen which means, no actual mopping, yay!

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So what is mop sauce?

While you use it for barbecue, it is not your traditional BBQ sauce. Mop sauce is very thin and has an almost water-like consistency. You use it to cook meat on low, for longer periods of time, or for smoking meats.
Mop sauce is most commonly vinegar based because it helps to increase the tenderness of the meat. Other liquids used are beer, Worcestershire sauce, or fruit juice help to enhance the flavor.

This easy, homemade BBQ mop sauce recipe let’s you cook like a true pitmaster.

Mop sauce is used to continually baste barbecued meats to infuse your meat with flavor while it cooks. It’s used while smoking or grilling over wood chips. Make sure you are mopping about every 20 minutes. The layers of mop sauce work with a BBQ rub to create a tasty crust on the meat. Mop lightly so you don’t rub all the RUB off! Remember to get the mop sauce on the meat, it doesn’t do anything if mopped right on the fat!

Sugar burns at 265°F, so it is a great ingredient for mop sauce, because you are cooking at low temperatures. Regular BBQ sauce has a higher sugar content so you want to save it to apply just towards the end of grilling or after for added flavor.



Mop sauce will keep for up to 3 months, but since it uses such simple ingredients it’s often recommended to make new sauce fresh for every time you use it!

 

5 from 5 votes
BBQ Mop Sauce
Work Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Homemade BBQ mop sauce is brushed onto your meat during a low and slow cook on the grill. The tangy, spiced mixture enhances the flavor and keeps your meat from drying out.You can buy a mop brush either online or at any kitchen specialty store! 

Makes 5 3/4 cups

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bbq, bbq mop sauce, bbq sauce recipe
Yield: 1
Calories: 327 kcal
Ingredients
  • 4 1/2 cups cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp red-pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan with 3/4 cup water. Stir over medium heat until salt has dissolved and sauce is hot. Cool and set aside 2 cups for serving; use the rest for mopping the meat as it cooks.

  2. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Stir before using. 

Recipe Notes

You can buy a mop brush either online or at any kitchen specialty store! 

Nutrition Facts
BBQ Mop Sauce
Amount Per Serving (0.25 g)
Calories 327
% Daily Value*
Sodium 2403mg 100%
Potassium 785mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 35g 12%
Sugars 27g
Vitamin A 13.4%
Calcium 9.5%
Iron 13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Photos & Recipe by Tara. Photo editing Max Atwood. Words Brittany Smart & Tara Teaspoon.

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