Molasses Marinade for Grilled Pork Chops

The BEST Molasses Marinade for Grilled Pork Chops is thick and sweet from molasses and zesty from cider vinegar and spices! Super popular dinner recipe at our meal assembly kitchen for boneless or bone-in pork chops.

This versatile sauce is truly one of the best marinades around. Freeze uncooked meat in the sauce for no-fuss grilling all year long.

Don’t want to pull out the grill? See the directions for baking pork chops. Or, try it with pork tenderloin.

It’s also tasty with chicken…it will truly become your signature grilling sauce!

Pork Chops with Molasses Marinade on plate

Molasses? Yes, that super thick, dark syrup you may have come to know when baking cookies at Grandma’s house, is also the secret ingredient in this tasty sauce.

It’s the star of the show. If you have questions about molasses, check out this Frequently Asked Questions page on the Grandma’s Molasses site.  I use the entire 12 ounce jar and double the recipe. Each batch makes more than enough to marinate 6 pork chops.

To make molasses marinade, combine molasses, brown sugar, cider vinegar, allspice, red pepper flakes, dried onion, salt and pepper. That’s it!

Pork chops turn our moist and juicy with a thin glaze. They’re a crowd-pleaser and kid-friendly!

Jar of Grandma's Molasses

How to Freeze Pork Chops in Molasses Marinade

If you want to make ahead and freeze this recipe, place the desired number of uncooked pork chops in a bag that seals, pour in the marinade and turn to coat the meat. The chops will freeze nicely and the marinade infuses beautifully as it undergoes the freezing and defrosting process. It’s the same process we use for Zesty London Broil.

Another method is to freeze the molasses marinade without the meat. Add to containers for lots of flexibility. This marinade is great on pork tenderloin and chicken too.

Containers of Molasses Marinade

If you want to cook the chops right away, marinate the meat for 2 – 24 hours for a nice deep flavor.

Grill molasses marinated pork chops over medium heat for about 4-5 minutes, depending upon the thickness of the chop. Or, use the broiler for about the same length of time with the rack about 3-4 inches from the heating element.

Plate with Molasses Marinade on Grilled Pork Chops


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Molasses Marinade for Grilled Pork Chops
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Marinate time
2 hrs
Total Time
30 mins

Molasses marinade is spectacular on grilled pork chops, pork tenderloin or even chicken. Super popular recipe from our Meal Assembly Kitchen.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 406 kcal
  • 2/3 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 Tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons dried onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 30 ounces Pork chops approximately 3/4 inch thick, each
  1. Combine all of the ingredients, except for the pork chops, in a bag that seals.
  2. Add pork chops to bag and turn to coat all sides. Alternatively, marinate pork chops in glass baking dish.

  3. Marinate pork chops for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  4. Remove pork chops from marinade and discard excess.
  5. Grill for approximately 4-5 minutes on each side, depending upon the thickness of the meat. Or broil for about the same amount of time with rack about 3-4 inches from the heating element.
Recipe Notes

Note that the nutritional estimates assumes ALL of the marinade is consumed. 

Make ahead and freeze by adding uncooked pork chops to marinade in a bag that seals. Turn to coat. Store up to 2 months for best quality. Make two batches to use up a 12 ounce bottle of molasses. Another option is to make up the marinade without adding the meat. Nice on pork tenderloin and chicken too.

Nutrition Facts
Molasses Marinade for Grilled Pork Chops
Amount Per Serving
Calories 406 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 94mg 31%
Sodium 284mg 12%
Potassium 1127mg 32%
Total Carbohydrates 47g 16%
Sugars 46g
Protein 30g 60%
Vitamin A 1%
Vitamin C 1.5%
Calcium 10.6%
Iron 14.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

pork chops with molasses marinade on plate

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  1. Laura Burns says:

    I worked for you and John back in your melbourne store when you guys first opened it, and I was so sad when it was gone because I loved loved loved these pork chops….Ive been trying to repeat the recipe on my own for years and Im so happy I found not only the recipe but you!

    Hope all is doing well!



  2. Made this at your Meal Assembly Store! It’s the best!

  3. You wouldn’t need to ask me twice when it comes to these molasses marinade grilled pork chops. I love the sweet tang that these chops have.

  4. Oh my goodness, this marinade was super scrumptious! Your recipe is the secret for making yummy grilled pork chops.

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