Top 7 Brisket Mops

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.

  • 01 of 07

    Best Odds Brisket Mop

    Mopping Brisket
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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.

  • 02 of 07

    Brisket Beer Mop


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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.

  • 03 of 07

    Barbecue Beef Mop

    Barbecue Beef Mop
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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.

  • 04 of 07

    Holy Smoke Basting Sauce

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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.

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  • 05 of 07

    Texas Hillbilly Mop Sauce

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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.

  • 06 of 07

    Bourbon Mop

    Man cutting smoked brisket on a metal pan
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    This is a great sweet barbecue mop and works particularly well with beef, though it is excellent with pork as well. It's the perfect mop for smoked brisket. It gets its sweetness from brown sugar, agave syrup, and ketchup.

  • 07 of 07

    Everything Basting Sauce

    Brushing sauce on grilled steaks
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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.