From the earliest days of barbecue, the best way to keep smoked meats from drying out was with a mop. A mop is a thin sauce that is applied while smoking. This creates a layering of flavor and helps to keep the meat juicy.
A good brisket mop should have a bit of acid and oil, like a marinade, and a healthy dose of flavor. With a good beef brisket mop, you might not need a sauce to serve the meat with.
A mop is added as you smoke the meat. The more you mop, the more flavor, but there is a science to it. It is important to apply thin layers and not to mop too frequently or the flavor might become overpowering.
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This recipe is your best bet for a great smoked beef brisket mop. The mixture of oil, vinegar, and beer will keep the meat tender and flavorful while it smokes. Remember to apply the mop every 2 hours.
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This flavorful barbecue mop recipe gets its kick from cayenne pepper, Worcestershire sauce, minced onion, and garlic. It will keep your brisket full of flavor and add moisture during the smoking process. Remember to get the mop on the meat and if you skip the fat, that's fine.
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This great beefy mop can be used on any cut of beef, whether you are smoking or grilling, but it is especially tasty on brisket. It has a sassy overtone from the cayenne pepper along with Tabasco sauce, paprika, and dry mustard.
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This is a good, simple Southern-style basting sauce or mop that is made with only four ingredients, no sugar, and can be used for large cuts of beef and pork, and on whole chickens or parts. The recipe makes a lot, so if you don't need this much, cut the proportions down by half.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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This fantastic mop recipe that works well on beef and pretty much anything else. This mop has no sugar so you don't have to worry about it burning. The only heat might come from the kick of chili powder and hot sauce.
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This versatile sauce can be used for any recipe that calls for a basting sauce or mop. Don't save it for beef brisket only. Next time, try it with pork roast, turkey, or chicken on the grill.