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Memphis Rib Mop

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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. 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.

Memphis Ribs Mop Recipe

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, we recommend gently blotting the Memphis rib mop onto the ribs. 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!

Steps to Make 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 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.
Memphis Ribs Mop Recipe

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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