I've made really delicious ribs with a homemade barbecue sauce in the past via a recipe where one of the ingredients was light/dark molasses. This one time I was at a friend's cottage and was asked if I could make the same ribs, I made the sauce with fancy molasses which was the only type in the local store. It turned out horrifically sweet even though I tried to cut down on the quantity and increased the other flavors to balance it out.
I've been (t)asked to make them again, and after searching and calling most grocery chains in Toronto, it seems everyone only stocks fancy or blackstrap molasses.
So I'm looking for a dark molasses substitute. Most online articles I've read suggest maple syrup/honey/more dark brown sugar, but I'm worried about the sugar content making the sauce too sweet while losing that rich molasses flavor.
Any recommendations? I've also read that dark corn syrup works well, but I've never worked with it before and can't judge it as a substitute.
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