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 

Every year RancherMan & I host a fun family reunion gathering we’ve always called ‘RanchFest‘. 

We decided to serve pulled-pork sandwiches using meat from the Wild Hogs RancherMan’s harvested for our freezer.

Does Wild Hog Meat Have A Strong Wild Taste?

Well, yes and no. We stay away from harvesting large boars and focus on sows which results in a much more mellow-tasting meat.

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.

Mixing Up A Flavorful Dry Rub

First RancherMan 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 

RancherMan typically makes a double batch. That way he’ll have some for now and still have some for an impromptu grilling session later.

He stored this double-batch of dry rub in a 1/2-pint glass canning jar with a Repurposed Parmesan cheese lid. 

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

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!

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

RancherMan 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 smoke these pork roasts!

Smoking A Pork Roast On The Grill

He brought out the roasts and laid them on the heated & prepared grill. The roasts were rotated every hour, and RancherMan coated 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?

RancherMan 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?

Proper internal temperature for a wild hog roast is no less than 145ºF and no more than 190ºF. We prefer to cook our wild hog roasts to 160ºF.

So RancherMan 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 the proper internal temperature he coated the meat with the last mop sauce coating followed by a coating of my homemade BBQ sauce.

We both think the BBQ sauce was a nice meat flavor enhancer and moisturizer boost too.

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.

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.

Did you make this BBQ Dry Rub & Mop Sauce? Please rate the recipe in your comment 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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