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Big Daddy's Carolina Style Marinade and Mopping Sauce

When grilling it is best to avoid basting the meat with anything containing sugar or tomato. Experienced grillers will use a separate sauce, called a mopping sauce, to baste the meat during cooking. It seasons the meat while keeping it from drying. A finishing sauce (home made, such as Big Daddy's Carolina Style Barbecue Sauce, or store bought) is then added a few minutes before removing the meat from the fire, usually just long enough to allow the finishing sauce to bake on.

2 cup water
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup cider vinegar
cup prepared yellow mustard
cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon liquid smoke (hickory flavoring)
1 teaspoon Worcester sauce
1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
1 teaspoon dried mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
teaspoon cayenne (optional)
1 teaspoon celery salt
1 teaspoon mild chili powder

Mix all ingredients well. Marinade meat in sauce at least 2 hours (overnight in the ‘fridge is best) turning occasionally. Baste very frequently while meat is cooking (see note). Adjust volume so the sauce covers at least 1/2 of the meat while marinating.

Note: If you use this as a marinade ensure that it is brought to a boil on the stove before using it to baste the meat.  This kills any bacteria that may have been introduced by the raw meat.


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