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"To barbecue" means to slow-cook foods at a low temperature for a long time with wood or charcoal.

"To grill" means to cook foods over direct heat and cook it much faster than barbecue with gas, wood or charcoal.

Mop 101

If you are serious about barbecue, a mop should be part of your arsenal. A good simple mop sauce will enhance anything you are barbecuing, especially ribs! Mop is a BBQ term that reffer to a wet sauce that's applied to meat with brushes or spray bottles or a spoon to add moisture and some tenderness while cooking. It usually contains some form of acidity - such as lemon juice or vinegar or wine which all help to tenderize your meat.

Apply your mop generously every half hour or one hour while slow cooking your meat. Stop moping one hour before your end time and switch your basting with a finishing barbecue sauce.

This is a basic mop:
3 cups apple juice
3 cups apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup of your favorite barbecue rub

Just mix together and use...

Bob's mop:
1 can of beer
1 cup of ketchup
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 TBSP garlic powder
2 TBSP hot crushed red pepper
2 TBSP dark chili powder

Bring all these ingrdients to a boil, keep warm and start using it!

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