This Memphis Rib Mop is a great way to keep your BBQ ribs nice and flavorful. Though Memphis ribs are usually prepared without a sauce, they will get moisture, tenderization, and flavor from a good rib mop, like this one. Rib mops, like most barbecue mops, are made with vinegar and seasonings. So the ingredients are simple, but wow, does it make a huge difference. Try this great flavor enhancer the next time you put some spare ribs in the smoker.
Note on mops: Rib mops are traditionally applied with a mop brush. Some Pitmasters love doing it this way, and some do not. Those opposed to using a mop are usually concerned about washing the bark away. If you decide to use the brush method, I recommend gently blotting the Memphis rib mop onto the ribs. Otherwise, use a spray bottle and use it as a spritz.
If you have a favorite bottle of Memphis-inspired rub or sauce, feel free to use them. Otherwise, our recipes will provide you with a rub, a mop, and a serving sauce!
Steps to Make a Memphis Rib Mop:
- Place all rib mop ingredients into a large mason jar. Secure lid and shake until ingredients are well combined. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes and shake once more.
- To apply: Place the Memphis rib mop into a clean food-safe spray bottle and spritz onto ribs halfway through the cooking process. You can also apply this mixture with a mop brush, per tradition.
- Repeat the process 3-4 times before they are fully cooked. You can also apply this mixture with a mop brush.
- If made ahead of time, store rib mop in an airtight container and refrigerate for 7 days.
- To apply. Place the mixture into a clean kitchen safe bottle and spritz onto ribs halfway through cooking process. Repeat process a 3-4 times before they are fully cooked. You can also apply this mixture with a mop brush.
- If making ahead of time. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week after initial preparation.
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