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BBQ Mop Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4

Use a barbecue mop, a basting brush or even a clean paintbrush to apply this mop to meat while it’s being barbecued to keep it moist. Chef Ben Ford likes to use a bunch of rosemary sprigs tied together to dab this flavorful sauce on his 8-Hour Smoked Brisket.


  • 1 1/2 cups (12 fl. oz./375 ml) beer (preferably not dark)
  • 1/2 cup (4 fl. oz./125 ml) apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup (2 fl. oz./60 ml) water
  • 1/4 cup (2 fl. oz./60 ml) vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup (1.5 oz./45 g) Texas BBQ Dry Rub
  • 2 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbs. minced serrano chile
  • 1 Tbs. peppercorns
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 bay leaf


In a saucepan over low heat, combine all the ingredients and stir together. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes, until the flavors are combined. Makes about 4 cups (1 l).

Adapted from Taming the Feast: Ben Ford’s Field Guide to Adventurous Cooking, by Ben Ford and Carolynn Carreño (Atria Books, 2014).