Beer and barbecue. It’s a match made in meat-lover heaven.
Like barbecue, beer is a Texas staple in a lot of ways. The two come together right around this time of year, when Texans start firing up their smokers for a backyard blast. Beers are drank, the food is cooked and everyone has a great time. But did you know how beer can be used ON barbecue?
I’m not talking about just pouring a can over your beef on a grill at the last minute. I’m talking about a technique that can make you feel like a pit master in your own backyard. Something that will make you look like a barbecue pro… and be one! It’s called a barbecue mop, and you should definitely give it a try the next time you fix brisket.
Mops work a lot like a marinade, and keep your brisket moist and full of flavor throughout the smoking process. We’re bringing you a great beer mop recipe to get you ready for summer smoking!
Before you start mopping your beef, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Don’t head to your cleaning closet! You can find a barbecue brush mop (also called a cotton basting mop) at your local grocery store. They’re about 12 inches long and normally located near the charcoal, tongs and such.
Avoid using with a dry rub, because the mop might wash it off. A good mop recipe will give your barbecue the flavor it needs!
When choosing a beer, think about light vs. dark. Lighter beers have a milder flavor and dark beers will give the brisket a more distinct flavor.
- Mop brisket every hour until done.
Keep mop mixture heating on low throughout the process, so it’s not cold when you apply
Basic Beer Mop