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Bourbon and Brown Sugar Mop Sauce

Anytime you have a big cut of meat that needs some added moisture while it cooks in the smoker, reach for this BBQ mop sauce. It's a sweet and savory bourbon and brown sugar sauce that is perfect for pork of all kinds.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American, Barbecue
Keyword: Mop Sauce
Servings: 2.5 cups
Author: Susie Bulloch


  • 1 ½ cups bourbon
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon Hey Grill Hey Sweet Rub


  • Make the mop sauce. Pour all of the ingredients for the mop sauce in a medium saucepan. Bring the mop sauce to a boil while whisking and remove from the heat.
  • Enjoy. Allow to cool slightly before using immediately to mop on pork shoulders, ribs, brisket, whole hog, and more.
  • Store. Place any leftover mop sauce in a lidded jar and store it in the refrigerator for up to one month.


Calories: 537kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 70mg | Potassium: 199mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 1104IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 3mg