BBQ sauce used as a mopping sauce?

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Original poster
Feb 18, 2007
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.
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!


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.
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!
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.
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!
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. is reader supported and as an Amazon Associate, we may earn commissions from qualifying purchases.