Texas Mopping Sauce

  • Serves

    makes 3 Cups


This spicy sauce is "mopped" onto ribs as they smoke to moisten and flavor them. This recipe first appeared in our June/July 2011 BBQ issue.


  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp. crushed red chile flakes
  • 1 tbsp. finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 12 tsp. anise seeds
  • 12 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 cups ketchup


Step 1

Puree vinegar, sugar, Worcestershire, chile, cilantro, salt, anise, cumin, and garlic in a blender; pour into a 4-qt. saucepan with ketchup. Cook, stirring, over medium heat, until thickened, about 30 minutes.

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