sweet molasses barbecue sauce

Sweet Molasses Barbecue Sauce

Our Sweet Molasses Barbecue Sauce is a quick and delicious preparation that adds a smoky, savory touch to your favorite dishes. Combining simple ingredients such as ketchup, vinegar, dry mustard and spices, this sauce is ready in just a few minutes. Its perfect balance of sweet, tangy and spicy makes it a versatile option to accompany grilled meats, burgers or even vegetarian dishes. What’s more, molasses adds depth and nuance to this sauce.

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Sweet Molasses Barbecue Sauce

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This easy BBQ sauce recipe offers a perfect balance between sweet and spicy, ideal for grilled meats, burgers, or even as a marinade for meat. A simple recipe that’s a must-have for spicing up your dishes in no time at all.

  • Author: Crosby Molasses
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

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  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup ketchup (or up to 1 cup)
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tsp. dry mustard
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. coarse salt (optional)

Instructions

  1. Whisk together all sauce ingredients in a large bowl.  Transfer to a jar with a tight-fitting lid and refrigerate.

Notes

This homemade barbecue sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for about 2 to 3 weeks.

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Comments

  • January 28, 2024
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    emily

    Personally I thought it was waaay too sweet, even after reading the comments and dropping the brown sugar to 1/4c. So if you love super super sweet barbecue, this sauce is for you! Otherwise, I would recommend testing without and then slowly adding the brown sugar until you get to the sweetness you prefer.






  • October 4, 2023
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    Marcia

    Loved it. Added a pinch of cayenne and less brown sugar.






  • October 4, 2023
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    Marcia

    Loved it. Did reduce brown sugar to a half of cup and added a pinch of cayenne. Wonderful and easy.






  • August 7, 2023
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    Valencia

    Amazing! So easy! No need for store bought.






  • April 7, 2023
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    Willa Cecil

    Being from NC, I know many variations of sweet BBQ sauce and this is tops. So far, have used it on chicken and pork but plan on trying it on lamb next time. Very easy to make and stores well. I did use Crosbys molasses. I bought some for homemade biscuits. You must try that also. YUM!

  • June 4, 2022
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    Sammy

    Delicious and quick recipe. Used it on pork.






    • June 7, 2022
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      Crosby Molasses

      Thank you for your comment Sammy! -Marie at Crosby’s Kitchen

  • May 15, 2022
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    Tracy

    Good morning
    i tried it today Its delicious

  • May 12, 2022
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    Jenn

    Made this and reduced the sugar to 1/4 cup. Was plenty sweet with a bite and taglines. Just perfect on chicken.






  • August 14, 2020
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    tyler

    made this with cooking instead of fancy molasses and 1tsp cumin instead of paprika brought to a bubble let cool
    Best Ribs I ever made!

    • August 18, 2020
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      Crosby Molasses

      Hi Tyler, Wonderful that this recipe is great with cooking molasses too. Good to know it’s that versatile.

    • August 5, 2022
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      TN

      Was this instead of both paprika’s?

  • August 1, 2020
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    Penny

    easy, quick, yummy

  • August 7, 2017
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    Liz

    Yummy Good BBQs

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