Sauces, Mops, Rubs, Seasonings

Mops and rubs give flavor to barbecued meat before or during cooking, and seasonings and sauces give flavor during cooking or after. Each region will have its own favorite flavors and sauces. Mop Sauces Mop sauces are thin and acidic and are used to baste meats during cooking, especially pork, as it slow cooks. Since most mops have little or no sugar, they can baste all throughout the cooking time without fear it will burn. Mops are typically applied with a miniature version of a cotton mop since it soaks up the thinner sauces better than a standard bristle or silicone brush. The vinegary flavor helps to cut the fat flavor in the finished product. A typical recipe for a mop sauce can be as simple as vinegar (white or cider vinegar), chili pepper flakes, and salt and pepper. Spiced up versions contain spices or herbs, lemon peel, a little sweetness to cut down the vinegar (like a bit of white or brown sugar, maple syrup or honey), and melted butter or beef stock for richness and flavor. If you want to use the same mop sauce recipe for basting as serving at the table, make sure you keep the sauce for mop basting separate as this will inevitably have raw meat juices in it picked up during the mopping process and you don’t want to cross contaminate. Rubs There are two kinds of rubs: dry rubs and wet rubs. Dry rubs are simply a mixture of dry ingredients rubbed on meats before cooking. Wet rubs are dry rubs with a bit of moisture to make them spreadable or...
Cajun Dry Rub

Cajun Dry Rub

PrintCajun Dry RubAuthor All Q'd Up BBQ Blog Writers Ingredients1 teaspoon white pepper1 teaspoon onion powder1/2 teaspoon garlic powder1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed1 teaspoon black pepper1/2 teaspoon celery seed1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper1/4 teaspoon saltInstructionsMix all ingredients together, and store in a tightly sealed container. NotesRecipe courtesy of National Pork Board. All Q’d Up BBQ Blog Writers Dedicated to the art of grilling, smoking, and...
Mexican Dry Rub

Mexican Dry Rub

PrintMexican Dry RubAuthor All Q'd Up BBQ Blog Writers Ingredients1 tablespoon chili powder1 teaspoon brown sugar, packed1 teaspoon cumin1/2 teaspoon cinnamon1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper1/4 teaspoon saltInstructionsMix all ingredients, and store in a tightly covered container. NotesRecipe courtesy of National Pork Board. All Q’d Up BBQ Blog Writers Dedicated to the art of grilling, smoking, and...
Sweet and Spicy Rub

Sweet and Spicy Rub

PrintSweet and Spicy RubAuthor All Q'd Up BBQ Blog Writers Ingredients2 teaspoons sweet paprika2 teaspoons brown sugar, packed1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt1 teaspoon cumin1 teaspoon black pepper1/2 teaspoon cinnamonGrated zest of 1 orangeInstructionsMix everything together, and rub on fresh pork. NotesRecipe courtesy of National Pork Board. All Q’d Up BBQ Blog Writers Dedicated to the art of grilling, smoking, and...
Smoky Dry Rub

Smoky Dry Rub

PrintSmoky Dry RubAuthor All Q'd Up BBQ Blog Writers Ingredients2 teaspoons smoked paprika2 teaspoons chili powder1 teaspoon dried thyme1 teaspoon salt1/2 teaspoon garlic powder1/2 teaspoon onion powder1/2 teaspoon black pepperInstructionsMix all ingredients together, and store in a tightly sealed container. NotesRecipe courtesy of National Pork Board. All Q’d Up BBQ Blog Writers Dedicated to the art of grilling, smoking, and...
Fire Lovers Rub

Fire Lovers Rub

PrintFire Lovers RubAuthor All Q'd Up BBQ Blog Writers Ingredients1 tablespoon chili powder1 teaspoon dried oregano1 teaspoon cumin1 teaspoon kosher salt1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper1/2 teaspoon garlic powder1/2 teaspoon black pepperInstructionsMix all ingredients, and keep in a tightly sealed container. NotesRecipe courtesy of National Pork Board. For more information about pork, visit PorkBeinspired.com. All Q’d Up BBQ Blog Writers Dedicated to the art of grilling, smoking, and...