C – Chocolate week could have been an entire week full of desserts.
But, I wanted a challenge. Can I make savory chocolate recipes? Something like meat? Yes, I can! I was really surprised at how good this chocolate BBQ sauce was with chicken. I had a little problem with the flavor profile at first.
I think there was too much cocoa powder, ancho chili powder and espresso powder. It made it taste bitter. I was really scared I would have to throw the entire batch away and start all over.
I had to think quickly. What would make this balance out? Then, I thought what made regular BBQ sauce taste so good?
Typical BBQ sauce has a nice balance of sweetness, salty and tart. Not so much bitter.
I liked a slight bitter taste to the sauce, since most BBQ sauces are too sweet. I wanted more of hint of bitter.
Add a bit of honey, some hot sauce just for a good kick, some more salt and pepper, a little more vinegar. I cooked it for a while, until all the flavors mingled well together.
Oh did they mingle!
This sauce was delicious with the chicken. Slightly chocolatey. Slightly sweet. Some saltiness and oh so good. I was a bit mad that we cooked such a small chicken. We ate the entire chicken in one sitting.
|Chocolate Week: Chocolate BBQ Chicken|
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 2 gloves garlic, minced
- 1 small spring onion, chopped
- 1½ cups ketchup
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp instant Espresso powder
- 3 Tbsp white vinegar
- 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp ancho chili powder
- 2 tsp salt, more if needed to taste
- Black pepper to taste
- ¼ tsp Cayenne pepper
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 1 Tbsp hot sauce
- 1 whole chicken cut up into 8 pieces
- Salt and pepper the chicken and set aside for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Melt the butter into a saucepan.
- Add spring onions and saute until translucent. About 2 minutes.
- Add garlic and saute for about 1 minute.
- Add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a simmer and reduce temperature. Let simmer for 15 minutes stirring occasionally to not let the bottom burn. Turn off heat and set aside.
- Place chicken on baking sheet lined with parchment paper for easy cleanup. Place in oven and cook for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, generously brush chicken with BBQ sauce. Continue to cook. Baste BBQ sauce every 5 to 10 minutes until chicken is done. About 15 to 30 minutes depending on the size of the chicken or about 155 degrees internal temp.
- Remove from oven and let stand for at least 10 minutes before serving.
- Serve with more BBQ sauce.
It was delicious. I think this might be one of my favorite BBQ sauces. Bold flavors and not too sweet.
If you dare try this recipe, my suggestion is to make the BBQ sauce a day in advance so the ingredients mingle. Everything really incorporates well.