Texas BBQ Mopping Sauce

Before last Saturday I had never made ribs before in my life. I'd tried them a few times, but always found them way too fatty and just not worth the hassle. My Official Treat Taster was whining like a sad puppy over a rack of ribs in the supermarket, so I decided to give them a try and I'm so glad I did!

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I came across this recipe for Texas mopping sauce a few days ago and thought it would work well with the ribs - what an understatement! This sauce helped to keep the meat on the ribs tender and juicy, whilst providing a smoky BBQ flavour which I just couldn't get enough of! It's so easy to make, too - throw all the ingredients into a saucepan and leave to simmer for around 20-30 minutes, or until thick. Then you're ready to 'mop' it onto the ribs and get cookin'!

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How do you prefer to cook your ribs? I know the most popular way is grilled on the BBQ, but something in my head starts panicking and screaming at the thought of BBQs and meat on the bone...so when I cooked the ribs in the pic above I roasted them in the oven. I placed them in a baking tray with a bit of water in the bottom, coated the ribs in this sauce and created a tent using tin foil. I roasted them on a low heat for an hour, mopping the sauce on every now and then, then removed the foil and turned the heat up for a final 15 minutes.

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Texas BBQ Mopping Sauce

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Servings: 3 cups of sauce


  • 1 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tablespoon dried cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups ketchup


  • Mix all the ingredients together in a saucepan and simmer over a medium heat - stirring regularly - for 30 minutes, or until thick.


Recipe lightly adapted from Texas Mopping Sauce

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  1. the copycat chef

    Nice recipe Nicky,
    I love a sticky, sweet BBQ sauce on ribs - normally on a charcoal cooker for me but in the oven is just fine too 🙂
    If you like rich flavours try throwing a big tablespoon of butter or cream in the mix, baste well and cover with foil.

    Must go ... this pink is draining all my manliness!

    Paul 🙂

  2. Terri S. Vanech

    Now I want ribs for breakfast!

  3. Rachel

    This looks so yummy! It makes me want to run to the store for some ribs. Much tastier than what I had planned for dinner. I'm featuring this at Terrific Tuesdays.

  4. Carrie@My Favorite Finds

    I love ribs! But I don't love cooking them :). I usually get them in a restaurant. Your sauce looks great! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

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