BBQ Rib & Pork Rub, Bourbon Mopping Sauce and Bourbon BBQ Sauce Recipe
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Let’s make the most of it.
Happy Labor Day weekend to all . . .
I thought it would be a great time to share the recipes that I have tweaked and worked on some this past summer. It is another trio in outdoor cooking with pork – the 3 steps to insure mouth-watering ribs, shoulder roasts and even chops. I am a believer in using a rub and mopping sauce. As for the BBQ sauce, most of the time I like my ribs dry, that is, without any sauce. I think if the rub and mopping solution are working together in producing tasty and moist ribs, that’s all I need. But a lot of folks like a sauce so this is one that accompaniments pork rather well. Actually, I do sometimes like to just glaze ribs with just enough sauce to make them happy and to tell them I was thinking of it. These are different from a post that has been popular this summer for many of you, BBQ Rib Rub & Mopping Sauce. This is different in a whole ‘nother taste, not as sweet but with a savory blend that goes well with my favorite ingredient, bourbon. Maybe this post will make a few of you happy too.
As for the mopping solution, this again is an important part in cooking pork on a grill or smoker. The mopping sauce helps keep the meat moist and adds a thin layer of savory flavor while preventing dryness. This sauce has a lot going, but here again, all is necessary especially for folks like me. This is why for some of us ribs will not need a sauce; this is like a finishing baste in its own right. The acidity of the vinegar is important in helping the other ingredients and flavorings to absorb deeply into the meat. Plus, I like the somewhat tartness with the bourbon and the sweet taste of the southern barbequed flavor it gives to pork.
Like I said, the Bourbon BBQ Sauce is one to have in passing around for folks who like ribs wet, slathered in a pleasing sauce that will complement the layered flavors of the rub and mopping solution. It is a great sauce for all pork, makes a fine sauce for pulled or chopped pork and like many sauces, it is good with chicken too. Together, this is a prized trio that I am quite happy with, if I may say so myself. Enjoy!
- BBQ Rib & Pork Rub
- 1/2 cup paprika
- 1/4 cup garlic powder
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons black pepper
- 2 tablespoons mild chili powder (or hot if you want more heat)
- 2 tablespoon smoked chili powder
- 2 tablespoons onion powder
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 1 tablespoon celery salt
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 2 teaspoons dried thyme
- 2 teaspoons dry mustard
- 2 teaspoons ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- Mix ingredients in a small blender or whisk well until well combined. Store up to 6 months in an airtight container.
- Sprinkle on pork with a light to moderate coating, generously for the larger cuts of meat and for well seasoned flavor. Let set for an hour before grilling. I like to place the meat on direct heat for just a short time to set up the rub and then move to indirect heat for the remaining cooking time. You do not want to burn the rub.
- Bourbon Mopping Sauce for Pork
- 3/4 cup Southern Bourbon or Whiskey
- 3/4 cup apple juice
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons stone ground mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- Stir the ingredients in a saucepan and simmer for about 20 minutes. Allow to meld for another 20 minutes.
- Use on pork after about half way in cooking time. Use a mop; do not brush on, as you do not want to remove the rub. If you do not have a mop – make one with an old cloth tied to a dowel. Mop with the sauce often as the meat appears to dry out. When meat is done, wrap in heavy foil and steam on indirect heat for another 15 to 30 minutes depending on type of meat.
- Note: Make this a few days in advance so the flavors will come together. Store in the refrigerator.
- Bourbon BBQ Sauce for Ribs & Pork
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 teaspoon minced Serrano or jalapeño, if desired
- 3/4 cup bourbon or whiskey
- 2 cups ketchup
- 1/4 cup dark cane syrup
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1/3 cup cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons liquid smoke flavoring
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 tablespoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/3 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, or to taste
Place the onion, garlic, Serrano if using and bourbon in a blender. Pulse to liquefy. Pour mixture into a large saucepan; bring mixture to a boil and simmer over medium-low heat uncovered for 10 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients and bring back to a boil. Stir and simmer over medium-low heat for 20 minutes.
Note: Store in the refrigerator any that is left over.