Spicy Homemade Barbecue Sauce With Molasses

Spicy barbecue sauce with molasses
Diana Rattray
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 15 mins
Servings: 32 servings
Yield: 2 cups
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
28 Calories
0g Fat
7g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 32
Amount per serving
Calories 28
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 113mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 14mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 124mg 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.)

This hot and spicy barbecue sauce is a simple combination of ingredients you probably have in your pantry. It's nicely sweetened with molasses, and the hot sauce gives it some pleasant heat.


  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1/2 cup molasses

  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons hot sauce, such as Texas Pete's or Frank's

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 teaspoons prepared mustard

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.

  3. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, until thickened and slightly reduced—about 5 to 10 minutes. Stir occasionally.


  • To lessen the mess as the sauce cooks, we recommend a splatter shield or deep saucepan for this recipe.