By Christie Vanover | Published May 26, 2021 | Last Updated June 13, 2022
Punch up the flavor of your barbecue by basting your pork, ribs and chicken with a Carolina Vinegar Mop Sauce as it cooks.
What is a mop sauce?
Mop sauce shouldn’t be confused with BBQ sauce. Even though they’re both used on barbecue, they are completely different. BBQ sauce contains a lot of sugar and usually ketchup or mustard. It’s basted on meat toward the end of your cook and adds flavor on the outside.
Alternatively, mop sauce is more like a basting liquid. You brush it on the meat throughout the cook to add flavor to the meat itself, not just the outside. You can also use it as a braising liquid – like I do when I make Carolina Pulled Pork.
How to create this recipe
Just like my recipe for Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce, this mop sauce can be made in 5 minutes flat. Simply pour everything into a bowl and stir. Or, place it all in a mason jar and give it a good shake. You can store it on the counter for a day or two, or keep it in the fridge for a good month.
What dishes go with Carolina Vinegar Mop Sauce
This Carolina Vinegar Mop Sauce is awesome on all things pork. I like to use it on pulled pork, ribs and especially whole hogs, but it’s also great on chicken wings. If you’re adventurous enough to cook up a whole hog, you’ll definitely want to make a few batches in a large bowl.
When using a basting mop sauce, the flavor of the meat turns out so rich and robust, you don’t always need to finish the dish with BBQ sauce. Try it sans sauce, I think you’ll like it.
Carolina Vinegar Mop Sauce
- 1 cup white vinengar
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp ketchup
- 1 1/2 tsp hot sauce optional
- 2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp Christie Vanover's Pork Rub
- 1 tsp black pepper
- Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine.
- Use the sauce to baste your meat as it cooks.