Southern-Style Molasses Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Southern Molasses Barbecue Sauce
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Ratings (20)
  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 1 Cup (16 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
38 Calories
0g Fat
9g Carbs
1g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Sorghum or regular molasses helps flavor this tasty barbecue sauce. Use this Southern-style barbecue sauce on ribs, chops, steaks, or burgers.

It's a simple, perfectly seasoned combination of tomato sauce, molasses, and vinegar. 

The recipe is easily doubled or tripled. 

Related Recipe: Jim Beam Barbecue Sauce


  • 1 can/8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup molasses (or sorghum molasses)
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 dash salt

Steps to Make It

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 10 minutes.

  2. Makes about 1 cup of barbecue sauce.

  3. For oven barbecued ribs, baste during last hour of baking.