BBQ Rub & Beer-Based Mop Sauce Recipe

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

It’s grilling season, y’all! And that means you’ll need a good BBQ rub and mop sauce. Boy do I have a treat for you!

RancherMan was planning to smoke a whole grill-full of pork roasts using pecan wood. But he needed a flavorful BBQ Rub & Mop Sauce. And he certainly found a good one!

A delicious beer/coffee based BBQ mop sauce and dry rub recipe for smoked meat on the grill. Super easy to whip up in a flash. #TexasHomesteader

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Family Gathering Means Good Food 

You see, every year RancherMan & I host a fun family gathering we’ve always called ‘RanchFest‘. It’s actually celebrated on the anniversary of the date we purchased this little piece of paradise. 

Back when the kids were young (but before we actually lived here) we’d bring our kids and my siblings would bring theirs. We’d have a big celebration & bonfire. Oh how much fun it was to get together, and the kids loved hanging out with their cousins.

Before our annual family reunion bonfire we like to enjoy a hearty meal together. #TexasHomesteader

But they’re all grown and most have children of their own now. So every year at RanchFest we get together again to relive those fun times. We consider it a mini-family reunion.

Does Wild Hog Meat Have A Strong Wild Taste?

We’ll be serving pulled-pork sandwiches using meat from the Wild Hogs RancherMan’s harvested.

Wild hogs are a destructive problem. But they're just pork. So we harvest them for food. #TexasHomesteader

By harvesting only smaller or sow hogs, the wild hog meat has almost no wild taste. Only mild flavored delicious white meat.

For these smoked roasts RancherMan was looking for a rub/mop sauce that appealed to him for smoking the meat.

He found one that sounded pretty good at the BBQ Bible Newsletter. It’s got beer and coffee – perfect! He decided to gave it a try.

Mixing Up A Flavorful Dry Rub

First he whipped up the dry rub. The simple ingredients to a flavorful dry rub are:

2 Tablespoons kosher salt  

2 Tablespoons chili powder 

1 Tablespoon coarse cracked pepper 

2 teaspoons garlic powder 

2 teaspoons oregano 

1 teaspoon cumin 

1 teaspoon powdered cayenne 

(breathes deeply) Ummmmm… that smells pretty good.

Since he knows he’ll need this rub for more than today’s grillin’, RancherMan typically makes a double batch. That way he’ll have some for now and still have some for an impromptu grilling session.

He stored this double-batch of dry rub in a 1/2-pint canning jar with a Repurposed Parmesan cheese lid. That handy lid has dual flip-top sides, one for sprinkling directly onto the meat and the other opens wide for a measuring spoon. PERFECT!

Homemade BBQ rub stored in a small glass canning jar with repurposed green flip-top lid. #TexasHomesteader

How excited I was to find out those handy repurposed parmesan lids fit any volume regular-mouth canning jar whether half pint, pint or quart.

Seasoning Meat With Dry Rub For The Smoker

Now that his rub is made, let’s get the meat prepared for Smoking That Pork Roast!

He started out by rubbing  a generous amount of the BBQ rub mixture onto all surfaces of the meat.

Then he placed the meat onto a large tray, covered it and placed it in the refrigerator while he prepared his grill.

Making A Homemade Grilling Mop Sauce

When all was ready he mixed up the mop sauce using a few simple ingredients:

2 Tablespoons dry rub 

12-oz bottle lager-style beer 

½ cup cold coffee 

½ cup white vinegar 

What a simple mop sauce, yet bursting with flavor. Now let’s do this!

Smoking A Pork Roast On The Grill

He brought out the roasts and laid them on the heated & prepared grill. He knows that anytime you’re smoking meat you want to cook it low & slow. That makes for a more moist and very flavorful meat.

As the meat was smoking he rotated the roasts every hour, coating the meat each time with his homemade mop sauce.

Basting the smoked meat on the grill. A delicious beer/coffee based mop sauce and dry rub recipe for smoked meat on the grill. Super easy to whip up in a flash. #TexasHomesteader

This helps keep the meat moist and also offers quite the delicious flavor infusion too.

How Long Do You Smoke Meat On The Grill?

He smoked 4 pork roasts for a total of 11-15 hours using this rub & mop sauce.

NOTE: If you’re going to smoke more than 2 roasts you might go ahead & make a double batch of the mop sauce to make sure you have plenty.

What Is The Proper Internal Temperature of Smoked Pork?

RancherMan is trying to reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees for this pork roast.

The secret to moist smoked meat is to allow the meat to reach the proper internal temperature but no higher.

So he monitored the temperature of the roast closest to the heat source using a *Meater Wireless Meat Thermometer.

Meater wireless bluetooth meat thermometer with smartphone app. #TexasHomesteader

Right before the internal temps of the roasts reached 145 degrees he coated the meat with added some of my homemade BBQ sauce after the last mop sauce coating on the meat.

We both think this was a nice meat flavor and moisturizer boost.

Making Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwiches

After the meat was smoked I shredded it all in preparation of serving our pulled-pork BBQ sandwiches.

(I found the easiest way to shred all this meat, y’all!)

I use the KitchenAid mixer with the paddle attachment to shred cooked roast fast. #TexasHomesteader

I like to make Jalapeno/Beer Buns for the sandwiches. Just seems like the perfect way to top off this home-smoked meat, #dontchathink??

We piled on the pulled pork and add some rings of fresh onion & a spoonful of my Homemade BBQ sauce. It doesn’t get any better than that, y’all!!

All fresh, all homemade and certainly delicious!

A delicious beer/coffee based mop sauce and dry rub recipe for smoked meat on the grill. Super easy to whip up in a flash. #TexasHomesteader

RancherMan initially found his now-favorite rub & mop on the Barbeque Bible Newsletter, and we love it. I’m happy to share it below.

Homemade dry rub mixture for grilled meat or bbq. #TexasHomesteader
5 from 2 votes

Coffee / Beer Rub & Mop Sauce

This delicious mop sauce is simple yet flavorful. It includes a small amount of dry rub, some coffee, beer and vinegar. Simple and delicious for your next BBQ. #TexasHomesteader

Course Seasoning
Cuisine American
Keyword bbq, grill, meat, mop sauce, rub, smoke
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 3 cups



  • 2 tablespoons coarse kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely-cracked black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder

COFFEE / BEER MOP SAUCE (makes 2 Cups)

  • 1 12-oz bottle lager-style beer
  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brewed coffee
  • 2 tablespoons dry rub (from above)


  1. Coat meat with dry rub, rubbing into the meat with your clean fingertips.

  2. Grill the meat to your cooked preference, coating all sides with the mop sauce.

    If you're smoking the meat, turn the meat & coat with mop sauce about every hour until meat is cooked to the proper internal temperature.


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2 thoughts on “BBQ Rub & Beer-Based Mop Sauce Recipe

  1. Thelma Briggs

    5 stars
    My husband made a batch of this bbq rub for grilling meat, it’s delicious! But I use it often in the kitchen too as a homemade pre-mixed seasoning for everything from seasoning pinto beans to taco meat. The cayenne gives it just a tiny spark of heat.

  2. Joe

    5 stars
    This rub and mop sauce are my “go to” seasonings for anything and everything that goes on the grill, especially if it’s going to be slow smoked. Best rub and sauce ever!


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