|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 57g||73%|
|Saturated Fat 8g||40%|
|Total Carbohydrate 16g||6%|
|Dietary Fiber 8g||27%|
|Total Sugars 3g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||1%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
This is your best bet for a smoked beef brisket mop. The mixture of oil, vinegar, and beer will keep the meat tender and flavorful during the smoking process. It is applied every two hours. Brisket gets its layers of flavor from building up the bark. The dry rub is a big part of developing the savory bark, and some cooks simply leave it at that, but some also use mops.
Mops were originally used for open-pit barbecue, where the meat was more likely to dry out during the long hours of smoking. A mop is a thin sauce that has a bit of acid and oil, like a marinade. It is applied lightly so as not to wash off any of the dry rub. While the use of mop sauce is hotly debated, it can add extra layers of flavor to the brisket.
If you were cooking in a large open-pit barbecue, you might use an actual clean kitchen mop to apply the mop sauce. But for home use, look for a barbecue mop tool in the kitchen aisle. These look like miniature kitchen mops. Or use a spritz bottle, which is even less likely to disturb the rub.
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Combine all ingredients—vinegar, olive oil, beer, paprika, salt, and pepper—and mix until the salt dissolves.
Brush or spray over the surface of brisket as it cooks, about every 2 hours.
If using a spray bottle, you can store the mixture in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days after preparation.
- The type of beer you choose is up to you. Some cooks like a typical American lager, while others go for the extra flavor found in India Pale Ale, porter, or stout.
- Some recommend keeping the mop sauce warm so it doesn't reduce the temperature of the meat when you apply it. The ingredients should be stable at warm temperatures.
- If you are using a mop tool rather than a spray bottle, the tool will be in contact with meat juices that could contain bacteria. It's best to pour some mop sauce into a separate container and only dip the mop tool into that container. Then discard any of the mop sauce that has come in contact with the mop tool. Clean the mop tool before using it during the next round of mopping.