Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Quick Easy Way to Wake Up Your Grilled Chicken

These days, recipes and barbecue tips are easy to find across the Internet.  But the BEST ones are the ones that are shared amongst of couple of friends as they tend grill and enjoy a cold brew around the embers.  That is how I came to know this recipe for a fantastic chicken mop over a decade ago.

Our neighborhood was cooking a hog for a pool party and the overnight cooks needed something to eat.   One of the neighbors taught me a version of this recipe for the half chickens that we smoked for ourselves that night and I have used it ever since.   

I use it most often while smoking chickens but it is also great on grilled chicken too.

Mop Sauce for Chicken

1 c apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup Bud Light
1/2 cup KC Masterpiece Original BBQ Sauce
1.5 tsp Kosher salt
1.5 tsp ground black pepper
2 Tbsp hot sauce

Mix all ingredients together.   Apply remaining beer liberally on the Pit or Grillmaster.  That's it. 

Store refrigerated in a sealed jar for up to 6 weeks.

Primary use:  For smoked chicken, mop onto chicken several times during the smoking process. 

Alternative uses:  Mop on chicken while grilling.  Use as a 1 hour marinade to liven up boring chicken breasts.  Mix with melted butter as a toss for grilled wings.  Works on pork too.

Sanitation tip:  Never return a mop that has touched raw chicken to the mop.  An easy way to do that is skip the actual mop or brush altogether and put this mop into a squirt bottle with a wide tip.  Use that to squirt the mop onto the chicken several times during the cooking time. 


  1. I have never "mopped" anything but sound like something to try. I have gotten bored with just grilling a chicken breast.

  2. I don't know the last time I have actually just smoked a chicken or half chickens. Usually we just do a direct raised spatchcock cook for chicken. Think this weekend I want to pick up some chickens and try this mop out now. How does the skin turn out?

  3. YUM!! I mix beer and bbq sauce together a lot and use it as a marinade... will try using as a mop next time. Great idea!

  4. Yummm...you and your food porn!

    I went to Peppers yesterday in DE and was in sauce heaven. Thought of you guys! I might drive down next week, you up for a visit? Go to their site and let me know if you want anything, you can feed me for the shipping- personal delivery!


  5. LOVE this! I am going to try it on grilled chicken this weekend - can't wait!

  6. Squirt bottle. That makes sense. GREG

  7. We made this tonight. We marinated chicken and smoked sausage in the mop sauce and grilled it. We finished both off with some of the BBQ sauce. AWESOME!

  8. It sounds like a simple sauce with a nice kick of flavor.

  9. I love your 2nd sentence here Chris. Ain't that the truth. Same applies for hanging out in the kitchen with my friends as we tend a meal with a glass of wine. The first and only bbq sauce that i bought and used exclusively for years was KC. I'm loving the addition of the hot sauce, beer and vinegar. And for gawd sake yes, if this doesn't wake up boring chicken breast, nothing will. Will be trying this very soon. Thanks for sharing.

  10. I'll have to try this when I cook some chicken this week.
    Lucky me, I have plenty of bud light, good thing it only takes half a can because I'll drink the other half.
    Thanks for sharing

  11. Recently we visited a local restaurant called Grub Hut, which serves on the menu foods like pulled pork,steak or chicken. I asked for description of the bottles of sauces, one being " mop" sauce. Was informed it's a North Carolina specialty.


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