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Barbecue Marinades, Rubs and Mops

Marinades, rubs and mops give barbecue a big flavor boost. Check out favorite recipes from Food Network chefs.

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Cider Mop

Thinner than a barbecue sauce, a mop is a liquid that's brushed (or mopped) onto the meat repeatedly throughout the cooking process. Apple cider meets butter, ginger and fresh peppercorns in this simple mop recipe. Brush across smoky grilled meat to bring out the most flavor.
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Karri's Steak Marinade

A marinade is a flavorful sauce that adds flavor and tenderizes meat, fish and veggies. Trisha recommends coating steaks in a thin layer of honey before tossing them in her marinade. Not only does the honey balance the vinegar-based marinade, it also helps lock in the flavors.
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Bobby's World-Famous Steak Rub

A rub is a mix of dry spices, salt and herbs, such as paprika, chili powder, brown sugar, salt and pepper, that gets rubbed into the meat to add flavor up to a day before cooking. Part of the appeal of Bobby's "world famous" steak rub is its versatility — whether you're grilling up rib eye, sirloin or filet mignon, the rich combination of spices and herbs will bring out hints of smokiness.
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Neelys' BBQ Sauce

Barbecue sauce is a thicker liquid that's brushed onto cooked meat, fish and veggies when they are almost done. The Neelys use ketchup as the sweet tomato base for their Memphis-style barbecue sauce.
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