Hickory Molasses Bar-B-Q Sauce

Whether you’re catering to a huge crowd or cooking for yourself, there’s nothing like the flavor of meat on the BBQ grill to make your taste buds happy. Most store-bought bbq sauces taste the same, but our hand-crafted barbecue sauce recipe is slow cooked in microbatches for flavors unmatched anywhere else. Like most Kansas City barbecue sauces Fire Brand starts with a rich tomato base and the sweetness of molasses and brown sugar. After that Fire Brand takes a sharp right turn towards boldness. Chipotle and ancho chile peppers give this barbecue sauce recipe a kick worthy of the Fire Brand name. Natural hickory and spices round out the flavors for a sauce that’s bold, spicy, and complex, but still sweet enough to taste great on anything you might find on the menu in a Kansas City barbecue joint.

Great barbecue takes time and Fire Brand Bar-B-Q Sauce took a long time getting to market. We had to smoke a lot of meat on the bbq grill to sample enough different sauces to find the one barbecue sauce recipe we could feel proud putting our name on.


When we say a lot of meat, we mean a lot of meat. Our Freedom Grill tailgating barbecues saw over 50 pounds of pork shoulder, 25 pounds of beef brisket, more than 90 racks of babyback ribs, and at least 10 pounds of soaked wood chips in the pursuit of the best tasting barbecue sauce recipe this side of Memphis in May. Freedom Grill bbq grills are gas grills so by adding wood chips wrapped in foil we get all the flavor of wood with the convenience of propane. Different woods (mesquite, apricot, hickory, apple, cabernet, and pecan for example) add different flavors and all of them taste great with Fire Brand Sauces. Fire Brand Bar-Q-Sauce is the sauce for anything grilled, smoked, baked, or fried.


Ingredients: ketchup, molasses, cider vinegar, fig concentrate, brown sugar, garlic, water, orange juice concentrate, dehydrated onion, distilled vinegar, spices (including chipotle pepper and ancho pepper), salt, natural hickory seasoning.

Bold Kicked Up Kansas City Barbecue Ribs

4 racks of babyback pork ribs

Fire Brand BBQ Grill Rub
1 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Kosher Salt
2 Tablespoons Fresh Ground Pepper
1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
1 Tablespoon Onion Powder
1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
1 Tablepoon Ground Cumin
1/4 cup Sweet Paprika
1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

Fire Brand Wet Mop
1 cup Fire Brand Hickory-Molasses Bar-B-Q Sauce
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup beer

4 cedar planks soaked in water


Remove the membrane from the ribs. Mix all dry ingredients and apply liberally to rinsed and dried ribs. Cover with plastic wrap and rest in refrigerator overnight.

Place ribs on soaked planks over low heat on the bbq grill. Mix up mop barbecue sauce recipe and start mopping every 20 minutes after the first half hour. Cook for 2 hours until the meat starts pulling away from the bone. For really moist ribs wrap the racks in foil for the last half hour of cooking and add more Fire Brand Bar-B-Q Sauce at the end.

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