Chocolate Barbecue Sauce

  • Serves

    makes About 2 Cups


This smooth, spicy-sweet barbecue sauce is even richer thanks to the inclusion of a small amount of chocolate—enough to add both body and flavor. We love it basted onto chicken as it grills, or painted atop a classic meatloaf.


  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small yellow onion, minced
  • 1 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 12 cups ketchup
  • 13 cup packed brown sugar
  • 14 cup brewed coffee
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. dry mustard
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 12 tsp. ground coriander
  • 14 tsp. cayenne


Step 1

Melt butter in a 4-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and onions; cook until soft, 4–6 minutes. Stir in chocolate, ketchup, sugar, coffee, honey, vinegar, cocoa, Worcestershire, mustard, chili powder, salt, pepper, coriander, and cayenne; cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 3 minutes. Use right away or store refrigerated in an airtight container up to 1 week.

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