If you ask the BBQ experts rubs and mop sauces are key to every Championship BBQ team. They have distinct purposes in the smoking process to make the meat taste moist and delicious.
- Rub that meat
The bbq rub is a must have ingredient for the bbq or smoking process. There are two key concepts to keep in mind when creating you own rub. The proportion of salt should be great enough to trigger osmosis and begin to draw the moisture from the surface of the meat, and the amount of sugar should not be excessive because it will caramelize and burn during smoking and leave the meat with a bitter taste. Dry rubs are used to coat the meat and adds a flavorful crust to the meat.
Below are rub bases that you can create a variation of to create your own dry rub.
InsaneChicken’s BBQ Rub
Texas BBQ Rub
- Mop that Sauce
Mop sauce is often referred to as a basting sauce, are vinegar or other based liquids that are applied to meats during the slow cooking process of traditional bbq, to keep the meats moist and add flavor. Mop sauce gets it’s name from the tool that looks like a small kitchen mop used to apply the sauce. Most competitive bbq teams swear by their mops almost as much as they do their dry rubs.
Mop sauce protect the moisture level of your meat, mops will usually contain a vinegar or other liquid to replace some of the fat that is lost during the cooking process. It is all about maintaining moisture as well as adding great flavor.
Below are sauce bases that you can use to develop your own mop sauce.
Texas Mop Sauce
Georgian Style Mop Sauce
Warm oil in a saucepan over medium heat, add garlic and onion and saute for about 5 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce, vinegar, mustard, orange juice, ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and cook until thick it should take about 15 minutes.
Chris McCarthy is the owner of InsaneChicken's Hot Sauce and BBQ Sauce Catalog . Check out InsaneChicken's large selection of BBQ Rubs . Visit their website http://www.insanechicken.com