When you’re grilling or smoking, moisture is crucial. The last thing you want is to dry out an expensive cut of meat, so to prevent this I use a baste. I apply it with a mop about every hour on long cooks or at every turn when grilling over high heat. Use an inexpensive bbq mop and give the outside a quick “mopping” with the baste. This prevents the outside from becoming dry and it also adds another layer of flavor to your finished product. Here’s a recipe that I use in BBQ competitions:
Championship BBQ Baste Recipe
1 cup Apple Juice
1/4 cup Garlic Red Wine Vinegar
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1 cup Water
Pour all ingredients into container. Shake well and keep refrigerated.
This is a simple recipe, but it will help to keep your meat moist, flavorful and also help you to build a nice bark on your bbq.