Can I Use a Wet Sauce and A Dry Rub?
Yes, many barbecue fans use both a dry rub and a wet sauce. The dry rub is applied first and then a mop sauce can be applied while it’s cooking, and then a wet sauce at the end. You can also serve a wet sauce on the side.
What Is A Mop Sauce?
A mop sauce is much like any other sauce; however, it is a thin, watery substance that is applied with a kitchen tool that looks like a mop and makes it easy to apply large amounts of the sauce at once. A mop sauce contains less sugar, as it is applied throughout the cooking process and because it contains less sugar, it will not burn like regular thick sauce. A mop sauce adds moisture to the meat throughout the cooking process so that it doesn’t dry out. Mop sauces can be applied when smoking, grilling, or barbecuing meat even though it is most popular for smoking meat.
Should I Rub In or Sprinkle It On?
Well, it’s called a dry ‘rub’ for a reason, which means don’t just sprinkle it on! You should massage the rub into every nook and cranny on the meat. Really get in there and take advantage of your rub to make sure you rub it in well so it doesn’t fall off.
Getting The Right Temperature
Think of your meat as the foundation. You have to get the meat right to ensure the flavor, tenderness, and juiciness is there, and of course, you want your dry rub or sauce to complement your meat as well. Therefore, temperature is everything. You don’t want to have to deal with the guesswork every time, as this will not bring you consistent results and may cause your meat to not cook enough or overcook, resulting in dry, tasteless meat.
Using a high quality meat thermometer is everything when it comes to barbecuing, smoking, and grilling meats. It will make your job easier and provide an accurate reading so you won’t have to worry about how your meat is going to come out.
If you want to cook like a pro, then you have to get a meat thermometer like a true barbecue aficionado.