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 prevent the meat from drying out. A good brisket mop should have a bit of acid and oil, like a marinade, and a healthy dose of flavor. With a good brisket mop, you might not need a sauce.
A mop is added as you smoke the meat. The more you mop the greater the layers of flavor. There is a science to it -- it is important to apply thin layers, but not to mop too frequently or the flavor might become overpowering.
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This 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 smoking process. Remember to apply the mop every 2 hours.
02 of 07
This flavorful barbecue mop recipe will keep your brisket full of flavor and add moisture during the smoking process. Remember to get the mop on the meat and don't worry about the fat.
03 of 07
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.
04 of 07
This is a good, simple basting sauce or mop, for large cuts of meat. If you don't need this much, cut the recipe 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.
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This versatile sauce can be used for any recipe that calls for a basting sauce or mop. Try it with brisket, and also the next time you cook a pork roast, turkey or chicken on the grill.