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BBQ sauce used as a mopping sauce?

Discussion in 'Sauces, Rubs & Marinades' started by cool85k5, Jul 29, 2007.

  1. cool85k5

    cool85k5 Fire Starter

    Can a BBQ sauce used as a mopping sauce?If so how many times would it be applied?This would be used for pork ribs.
  2. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Legendary Pitmaster

    Hi Geoff -

    Yes it can but I'd thin it out a bit with apple juice or lemon juice or hec ene Italian dressing will work!
  3. cool85k5

    cool85k5 Fire Starter

    Geoff?My name is Jerry! LOL Thank you for the information!
  4. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Legendary Pitmaster

    Opps sorry Jerry I got my posts confused!
  5. meowey

    meowey Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If the sauce has a lot of sugar in it, you need to be careful that it does not over caramelize and burn.

    Hope this helps!

    Take care, have fun, and do good!


  6. Dutch

    Dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

    Use a mop consisting of fruit juice/favorite adult libation or just straight fruit juice. BBQ sauce has a tendency to burn-thus Debi's suggestion to thin it down. I'd go with 1 part sauce to 3 or 4 parts juice.
  7. keywesmoke

    keywesmoke Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Right. IMO, it's SO much tastier to make or doctor up your own---commercial sauces are so ketchupy and sugary, they overpower the flavor of your meat and the nice smoky flavor gets drowned. The huge sugar content of them hides your work. Since joining SMF I've tossed a lot of commercial sauces in the trash and either made my own or enjoyed dry rubs instead of drippy sauces. Really have learned to enjoy the meat when it's prepared right instead of the taste of KC Masterpiece or whatever. Taught me a lot!
  8. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    i know my wife loved a Stubb's mopping sauce as her bar-b-que sauce.....so why not?
  9. big-fokker

    big-fokker Meat Mopper

    I'm still finding my way around, so would anyone know where I could find some recipe's/examples of what to use for a mop?
    I bought a couple of spray bottles to use with apple juice, but I haven't seen any mop concoctions yet.
  10. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Legendary Pitmaster

    The only "mops" I do it apple juice and maybe a bit of BBQ sauce.
  11. ron50

    ron50 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Most mops are as Dutch mentioned; a mix of apple juice and your favorite adult libation. I've seen people use JD, Cpt. Morgan rum, etc.

    Apple juice can also be substituted with any flavor you like; pear juice, white grape juice, anything really.

    To that you can add whatver spices you might like; cayenne, garlic powder, onion poweder, cajun seasoning. The only limit is your imagination.

    Be careful when you add anything with a high sugar content because it can carmelize and burn as was already mentioned. If you are going to apply a mop to meat that already has a rub applied, be gentle and let it set for a bit to avoid washing the rub off.

    Some use a spray bottle as they feel it removes less of the rub.

    Have fun!
  12. ba_loko

    ba_loko Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    For some starters and ideas on what other mops are being used, here's what I found.


    I think you'll find that you like a mop better once you've modified it for your tastes, or better yet, do as Dutch and others have suggested and go with juices.
  13. smokebuzz

    smokebuzz Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The Capn and Pineapple juice is awsome on pork ribs and butts
  14. cool85k5

    cool85k5 Fire Starter

    Thanks for the info everyone!I guess I'll stick with apple juice for now,pineapple sounds good also!Anyway I'm smoking two racks of baby back ribs and two whole chickens along with some Johnsonville Brats monday.