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Memphis Rib Mop

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Do you want to learn the Pitmaster’s secret to tender, juicy, southern-style BBQ ribs? Then look no further than a Memphis Rib Mop!


Take your BBQ rib game to the next level with this magic mop. Sure, Memphis-style ribs are not typically prepared with a sauce, but a good rib mop will add a delicious layer of flavor, moisture, and tenderness. The secret is a simple blend of vinegar and seasonings.

The difference between a mop and a spritz

A rib mop and BBQ spritz are quite similar. They are both thin liquids applied to meats on the smoker to infuse extra flavor and prevent drying. However, rib mops are traditionally applied with a mop brush. While some Pitmasters prefer doing it this way, some don’t. Those opposed to mops are usually concerned about washing away the dark, rich bark on the meat. Those individuals (some of them, at least) prefer to mist or spritz instead.
If using the mop method, it is best to blot the rib mop onto the ribs gently. Otherwise, place the mixture into 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 it. Otherwise, our recipes will provide you with a rub, a mop, and a serving sauce!

Double of triple this mop sauce recipe if you are cooking several racks of ribs.

Making a Memphis Rib Mop

  • Place all rib mop ingredients into a large mason jar. Secure the lid and shake until ingredients have combined. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes, to dissolve the rub, Shake once more before using.
  • 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 directly on pork ribs, as per tradition. 
  • Repeat the process 3-4 times before they are fully cooked.
  • If made ahead of time, store rib mop in an airtight container and refrigerate for 7 days. Let it sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before using.

Learn how to make BBQ ribs!


Memphis Rib Mop

5 from 2 votes
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Course: Sauces
Cuisine: American BBQ
Keyword: bbq mop, memphis barbecue
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 3 Cups
Author: Sabrina Baksh



  • Place all the ingredients into a large mason jar.  Secure lid and shake until ingredients are well combined.  Let mixture sit for 10 minutes, and shake once more.
  • 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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