Grilled Molasses-Maple Brushed Sausage

Sausage gets a boost from a quick-fix molasses, maple and balsamic sauce. For extra flavor, mop the sausage patties while they grill with a long sprig of fresh thyme instead of a brush.

3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 teaspoons light molasses
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1/4 teaspoon pepper
8 pork sausage patties (12 oz.)

1. Heat grill. Combine all ingredients, except sausage, in small cup.

2. Grill sausage, covered, over medium-high heat or coals 5 minutes, turning once and reducing heat to medium if cooking too fast. Brush with maple syrup mixture; continue grilling 3 to 5 minutes or until thoroughly cooked and no longer pink in center, turning and brushing with maple syrup mixture every 2 minutes.

4 servings

PER SERVING: 370 calories, 30 g total fat (10 g saturated fat), 12.5 g protein, 13 g carbohydrate, 65 mg cholesterol, 645 mg sodium, 0 g fiber