BBQ Mop Sauce

How to make BBQ mop sauce

The tangy, spiced sauce enhances the flavor of your meat and keeps it from drying out during slow cooking on the grill.

Mop sauce is used while smoking or grilling over wood chips to continuously baste barbecued meat with flavor while it cooks. It helps to keep the meat moist, while allowing flavor to infuse into it while it cooks. The layers of mop sauce combine with the meat rub during cooking, which allows a tasty crust to develop on the outside of the meat.

Mop sauce is quite different from regular BBQ sauce, being much thinner. It is usually based on vinegar, but other cooking liquids such as beer or Worcestershire sauce are also frequently used.

Jar with bbq mop sauce and a brush on a wooden board
Yield: 2 cups

BBQ Mop Sauce

How to make BBQ mop sauce.


  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons BBQ sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper


    1. Place apple cider vinegar, sugar, BBQ sauce, salt and pepper in a jar with a lid.
    2. Shake jar until ingredients are will combined.
    3. Gently mop on to meat every 20 minutes while slow cooking or smoking.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 19Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 282mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 0g


  • Mop the grilling meat with the sauce approximately every 20 minutes
  • Transfer the mop sauce to a spray bottle to spritz the meat instead of mopping
  • Apply the mop sauce to the meat gently to ensure you don’t mop the meat rub off
  • Mop the sauce directly onto the meat, not the fat
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