Southern-Style Molasses Barbecue Sauce

Brush casting Southern Molasses Barbecue Sauce over meat on grill
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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 15 mins
Servings: 16 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
38 Calories
0g Fat
9g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16
Amount per serving
Calories 38
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 20mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 2%
Protein 1g
Calcium 33mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(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. 


  • 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.