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Chocolate BBQ Sauce Recipe

I’m definitely not a barbecue expert.  My father in law has gotten really into smoking and barbecuing, if I need to know something I can defer to him.  But one thing I do know is cooking to taste, and I put my tastebuds to work making an easy bbq sauce recipe.  I want to create a barbecue sauce repertoire and one day hold a taste testing to find out what kinds of flavors my family likes the best.  So far I’m quite partial to this chocolate bbq sauce that tickles the tongue with just a hint of spice.

If you’re wondering how to make bbq sauce yourself, it’s really pretty simple.  As with pretty much anything you cook, it’s important to balance flavors as you create your sauce.  Typically bbq sauce has a tomato base (tomato sauce, past, or ketchup) and then you add other ingredients to deepen and brighten the flavors.

I usually add some vinegar to give it a good tang, and sugar (or molasses) for sweetness.  Garlic and onion are a must for me, and some sort of crushed or powdered pepper to give as much or as little kick as I’m in the mood for.  Then comes play time.  You can add fruit juice or puree, chocolate, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, espresso, beer, soda, pretty much whatever you have and want to experiment with!

When you know what special ingredient you want, choose your spices to work with that.  Since I was using chocolate, I chose cinnamon, cumin, and cilantro because it made me think of mole sauce.  I mixed this with some leftover kalua pork and put it on a bun with my radish cranberry coleslaw.  Now your turn to spill…do you have a special barbecue sauce ingredient?

Yield: makes 1/2 cup

Chocolate BBQ Sauce Recipe

Coleslaw Pulled Pork Sandwich.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes


  • 1 oz Scharffen Berger 62% Cacao Semisweet Dark Chocolate
  • 1/2 TBS butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp crushed dried Chinese chili pepper (or more to taste)
  • 2 TBS apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 TBS golden brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 TBS chopped cilantro
  • sea salt and pepper to taste


  1. Melt the chocolate and butter in a saucepan on low heat. 
  2. Add the garlic, onion powder, and chili pepper then stir well for one minute to let garlic soften. 
  3. Add apple cider vinegar, tomato sauce, brown sugar, cumin, cinnamon, and cilantro. 
  4. Let cook 5 minutes stirring occasionally and adding salt and pepper to taste.


Approximate cost/serving:  Making your own sauce is almost always going to be cheaper than buying it in a bottle.  The Scharffen Berger is an expensive chocolate but I only used one ounce of it.  All the spices have been bought in bulk.  That means this sauce was only $1.20 to make.  I made 6 BBQ pork sandwiches so it was just 20 cents a serving!

Vegetarian/Gluten Free:  Good to go on both counts.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 96Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 161mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information is an estimate only.

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6 thoughts on “Chocolate BBQ Sauce Recipe”

  1. My fiance is obsessed with not eating high fructose corn syrup now and its pretty slim pickins to find a bbq sauce without it. I’ll have to give this a try next time we fire up the grill!

  2. Woah… You totally got my attention with the chocolate BBQ sauce. I knew I had to see this as soon as I saw the title in my RSS reader. My hubby is a huge BBQ sauce fan, but I’ve been trying to make more homemade versions, lately. I’ll have to make this for him to try. I can imagine the chocolate gives it a great flavor… I love the flavor it adds in mole/chili!

  3. Since I’ve cut high fructose corn syrup out of my life, i’ve been making all my own bbq sauces. The most crazy one I’ve made was coffee flavored but this is definitely going to be next on the list…and going on some pulled pork soon!


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