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Chef Ursula's recipe for Zesty Chocolate BBQ Sauce

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Chef Ursula's recipe for Zesty Chocolate BBQ Sauce:


  •   1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ onion, small dice
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, small dice
  • 1 ½ oz. dark brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 4 oz. apple cider vinegar
  • 8 oz. regular barbeque sauce (I used Sweet Baby Ray's)
  • 14 oz. vegetable stock
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin, ground
  • ¼ cinnamon, ground
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves, ground
  • 2 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, fresh, chopped
  • ¾ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon pepper, fresh ground, or to taste



  • Melt butter in small saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and onion, sauté 5 minutes until golden brown.
  • Add tomatoes, stir, and sauté an additional 5 minutes.
  • Add sugar and chili powder, mix well, and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add vinegar, reduce for 5 minutes, until mixture has a paste consistency.
  • Add BBQ sauce, stock, cumin, cinnamon, cloves, salt and pepper. Mix well. Bring to a boil and reduce to a slow simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Add chocolate and cilantro; allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Remove sauce from heat and let stand for 10 minutes. Transfer to a clean container and cool.
  • For best results, refrigerate for 12 hours before using.
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