A good brisket mop sauce adds flavor, contributes to moistness, and is just plain fun to use, especially if you have a real, honest to goodness "mop" to use. There are good brisket mops made of string, but now you can also find fancy silicone mops and brushes that work pretty well, too.
Mopping sauce can contain any number of ingredients. Some of the more common include beer or wine, vegetable oil, vinegar, salad dressings, water, dry rub mixtures, herbs and hot pepper sauce. For more flavor, chopped onions and garlic, red pepper flakes, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish...the only limit to ingredients is your imagination.
When brisket is mopped, flavors are added, and the moisture helps carry
those flavors deeper into the meat fibers. That moisture also prevents
the meat from drying out. And the oil in the mop sauce helps seal water
inside the brisket.
This recipe adds great flavor your barbequed briskets.
1 cup beer
1 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
Combine all ingredients, mixing well. Begin basting onto your brisket 3 to 4 hours into cooking. The reason for this is that basting any earlier could wash off some of the dry rub seasonings.
Optional additions to this sauce recipe include juice from one lime, using wine instead of beer, or adding 1/4 cup of finely chopped onions. If you add the onions, allow the brisket mop sauce to sit for an hour before using. That will give enough time for the onion to release its flavor to the liquid.