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Old 08-11-2008, 12:52 PM   #1
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What does a mop REALLY do?

I've been looking through some recipes for different things and the more I see it the more I think about mops and what they do. I hear things like its suppose to make the meat jucier or more tender, etc. But I find that hard to believe. I mean, I imagine you mop your meat with your apple juice based mop (or whatever) and all it does is evaporate....

Anyone have an opinion on this?
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Old 08-11-2008, 02:06 PM   #2
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MO....it will add some flavor..and it prevents the meat from getting to dark.
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Old 08-11-2008, 02:19 PM   #3
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It will add minimal flavor and extend your cooking time.
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It will add minimal flavor and extend your cooking time.
So you dont think there's any real benefit to doing it?
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Old 08-11-2008, 04:03 PM   #5
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The only real benefit to a mop is it is fun to slather the meat with something that smells good. However, it is not what makes BBQ so moist. That's the cooking process - no getting round that. So, do it if you want but there is no real benefit outside the fact that it can be kinda fun.
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It will add minimal flavor and extend your cooking time.
So you dont think there's any real benefit to doing it?[/quote:1mivvxgr]

I actually do. But my bop of cider vinegar, Jalapeos, onions, and few other strong things. We did a test once, and you could really taste the difference.
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It will add minimal flavor and extend your cooking time.
So you dont think there's any real benefit to doing it?[/quote:1umqk0cv]

Steve Raichlen is a big mop advocate. Why don't you call into the Radio Central Show (8/19) and ask him personally? It would be a good question to ask.
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It soaks up more than it distributes.

Kind of like a paint roller.

They're not as hard on the meat as a brush. They don't disturb what's already there.
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