Flawless bbq sauce with wooden spoon

Crosby’s Molasses Flawless BBQ Sauce

When I developed this BBQ sauce recipe, I knew right away I wanted it to be a straightforward, well-balanced sauce that put the smoky richness of Crosby’s Molasses front and centre as the star of the show. In fact, I was so enamored of this sauce I wanted to call it “For the Love of Molasses: A BBQ Sauce” but I figured something a bit more straightforward was best. That’s why I called it the Crosby’s Molasses Flawless BBQ Sauce. With a perfect balance of sweetness and acidity, this recipe lends itself to so many uses: as a marinade, a grilling glaze, or even a dipping sauce. Easy enough for nearly anyone in the family to stir up, you’ll never buy a bottle of factory-made sauce again!

Developed by Kimberley Steele, Co-Chef, Co-Owner – East Coast Bistro

Kim Steele pouring Crosby’s Molasses Flawless BBQ Sauce into a glass container

Crosby’s Molasses Flawless BBQ Sauce

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  • Author: Kimberley Steele
  • Yield: Approx. 3 cups


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  • 1 cup Ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Yellow Mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/4 cup preserves*
  • 1 cup Crosby’s Molasses
  • 1/4 cup Vinegar*
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Smoked Paprika
  • 2 teaspoons Chili Powder (or Taco Spice)
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1teaspoon Black Pepper, ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice (or pinch allspice, pinch cloves, pinch cinnamon)
  • 1 tablespoon Hot Sauce (optional)


  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients for sauce.
  2. Stir together well using a whisk.
  3. Use immediately or transfer to an appropriate jar or container and store in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.


*Ingredient note: Use whatever vinegar (white, cider, rice, malt, etc.) or preserves (jam, jelly, cranberry sauce, etc.) you have on hand.

You can substitute Crosby’s Fancy Molasses for our Blackstrap or Cooking Molasses.


  • June 26, 2023


    Hello there from Michigan ❗is your molasses non-sulfur? Allergies here unfortunately. Thank you.

    • July 5, 2023

      Crosby Molasses

      Hello Sheridan, our molasses doesn’t contain sulfur. Thanks :) -Marie

  • May 21, 2023

    Paul Peckford

    Why in the name of goodness would anyone buy BBQ sauce when he/she could use your fabulous recipe! It is top notch! Thanks, Marie, for all those fabulous recipes! I like trying many of your recipes because I am fully aware of just how good they are! Paul

    • May 23, 2023

      Crosby Molasses

      Thank you Paul for your glowing comment! I’m glad you like our recipes! – Marie from Crosby’s Kitchen

  • May 19, 2023


    Do you have a suggestion for a substitution for Worcestershire sauce? Those of us with severe fish allergies need to avoid it.

  • May 19, 2023


    How long does this last, in the fridge?!

    • December 31, 2023


      Fantastic sauce. I agree with never buying bottled BBQ sauce again.

      My question is why the short shelf life of three weeks in the refrigerator given the long shelf lives of all the individual ingredients?

  • August 9, 2022


    Just made this and it’s delish…though I was out of ketchup but had homemade ketchup on hand…..soooo good! Thanks you!

  • August 5, 2022


    I don’t get this Condiments and Pantry items listed separatly .Is there a reason for them to be listed that way? Am I missing something? Do I still just mix them all together at the same time or are they to be mixed later?

    • August 5, 2022

      Crosby Molasses

      Hi Jay. Just mix all the ingredients together. I will adjust the ingredient list. Thank you for your comment. -Marie at Crosby’s Kitchen

  • August 5, 2022

    Debbie Bansley

    Can you can this barbq sauce in a water bath?

    • August 16, 2022

      Crosby Molasses

      Hello Debbie, we have never tried this recipe in a water bath before. If you give it a try, let us know :) -Marie from Crosby’s Kitchen

  • May 21, 2022

    Chris Toffan

    I tried the bbq sause recipe but kind of tweaked it a little. I used or added homemade sourcherry/rhubarb jam,1/2 tablespoon each of hot sause and hot chili sauce and 1teaspoon each of ground ginger and liquid smoke. Brought everything to a slow bubbling boil and enjoyed. Thanks for the recipes. Hope you don’t mind my additional ingredients to an already awesome recipe

  • May 20, 2022

    Mona M Minard

    I am from New Brunswick and I love my Canadian molasses.
    Always looking for a new recipe to try.

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