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Recipes for Mop Sauce That'll Make You Totally Mop Up Your Plate

Mop Sauce Recipes
When it comes to barbecuing pork ribs or brisket, mop sauce is an excellent choice for basting meat. This sauce adds flavor and retains tenderness in the cooked meat, even after slow roasting.
Ningthoujam Sandhyarani
Last Updated: Jul 14, 2017
Mop sauce adds flavor and juiciness to all kinds of meat, especially if you are cooking them by barbecue method. Unlike other sauce, it has a thin consistency, nearly similar to that of water. Most food lovers who crave for roasted dishes are already aware of mop sauce. It helps to keep the meat moist, even if the meat is slow cooked on an open fire for a long time. It is called mop sauce because a mop-like, thin cotton cloth is used for applying the sauce.
Mop Sauce Recipes
If you are preparing ribs in the Memphis Style barbecue recipe, you will need rib mop sauce for basting. And while using it for barbecuing meat, remember to use an aluminum foil below the meat. This will collect the dripping sauce from the meat, which otherwise will fall in the flame. Coming to recipes for classic mop sauce, the main ingredients are vinegar and Worcestershire sauce, along with seasoning spices. The following are some recipes, which you can try out for making delicious BBQ meat.
Barbecue Mop Sauce
  • ½ cup canned tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cup butter or margarine
  • 1 cup strong black coffee
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
Directions for Preparation
Take a saucepan and add all the ingredients - tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, butter, black coffee and sugar. Heat the mixture over medium high heat and bring it to a boil. Reduce heat to low setting and simmer for some time. As it cools down slightly, you can use BBQ mop sauce for brushing burgers, steaks and chicken. Also, you can serve it as a dip sauce to your barbecue meat.
Mop Sauce for Pork Ribs
  • ½ cup vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • ½ cup water
Directions for Preparation
Mix all the ingredients - vinegar, olive oil, yellow mustard, garlic powder, chili powder, cayenne and water. If time permits, mix well the concoction and let it chill in the refrigerator before using. Or else, heat till the mixture turns warm and use it directly. You can make pulled pork mop sauce in the same manner with additional spiciness. For that, add 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes as a substitute for chili powder in this recipe.
Texas Mop Sauce for Brisket
  • 2 cups vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 bay leaves, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • ⅔ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 lemons, pulped and cut in half
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • ½ cup water
Directions for Preparation
In a medium large saucepan, add all the above listed ingredients - vinegar, minced garlic, crushed bay leaves, paprika, chili powder, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, lemon, hot sauce and water. Heat it over high heat setting, and wait till the concoction reaches boiling temperature. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, cover lid and keep it warm. With this, your brisket mop sauce is ready. You can use this sauce for basting beef cuts after every 20-30 minutes.
Mop Sauce for Chicken
  • 1 quart cider vinegar
  • 1 can beer
  • 16 ounces barbecue sauce
  • ½ cup hot sauce
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
Directions for Preparation
In a saucepan, combine together the chicken mop sauce ingredients - cider vinegar, beer, barbecue sauce, hot sauce, black pepper and salt. For increased flavor, allow it to chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Just before grilling chicken, you can remove it from the fridge and use for basting chicken, after every hour.
As per your taste preference, you can alter the seasoning spices used in the mop sauce recipe. Prepare the sauce ahead of barbecuing the meat and keep it in the refrigerator. And instead of using barbecue sauce during cooking, serve it as a side dish to complement the BBQ meat.
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