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As many of you know, there’s a divide in our house when it comes to chocolate – I absolutely love it, hubby doesn’t. So far the kids are on my side, which I’m quite pleased about. As such, sometimes I find fun ways to incorporate that flavor into foods that you wouldn’t normally find it in, such as the Chocolate Lovers BBQ Sauce I tried the other day! Not only does it have incredible flavor, but also just a hint of chocolate goodness that really makes it special. It works amazing as a marinade for chicken, a dip, or even as a sauce to put on your burgers. You’ve got to give this unique and tasty recipe a try!
The secret to making this chocolate BBQ sauce work so well is the TABASCO® Chipotle Pepper Sauce, which really enhances the flavors with overpowering them. Being a family who has varying tastes, TABASCO® Sauce is one of the best ingredients to stock up in your kitchen (and when you run low, just restock on your next trip to Walmart!) because it’s perfect as not just an ingredient, but also as a condiment that lets each person personalize our food how we like best. Since it’s found anywhere in the world (it’s TABASCO® Brand’s 150th anniversary, so they’ve been around quite a while), you can use it to add or enhance flavor to practically any type of cuisine! So whether you’re whipping up this tasty BBQ sauce or preparing another dish, TABASCO® Brand’s variety of flavors has a bit of something for everyone. Don’t forget to take advantage of the Ibotta offer to save $1 off of 5 oz. or larger TABASCO® Brand Sauce in any flavor now through 12/31/18!
The reason I chose TABASCO® Chipotle Pepper Sauce as the perfect flavor for our chocolate BBQ sauce is that the flavor of smoke-dried jalapeno peppers brings a rich balance of smoke and heat to the sauce. It really pairs well with any type of protein dish, but I think it’s particular excellent for chicken. You can use this sauce flavor for plenty of marinade recipes, or as a condiment over prepared meats. Another great trick – combine it with pineapple for a sweet-savory dish!
This dish is super easy to make, just mixing some ingredients over the stove, letting them simmer to really bring out the flavor, then adding the melted chocolate. Love it!
- 1 can (15 oz) Tomato Sauce
- 1/2 cup Water
- 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
- 1/2 tsp. Salt
- 2 tbsp. Onion Powder
- 1-2 tbsp. TABASCO® Chipotle Pepper Sauce
- 1 tbsp. Cinnamon
- 1/2 cup Milk Chocolate Chips
- In a saucepan, mix all of the ingredients except the chocolate chips over medium-low heat. Once it begins to boil, reduce heat and simmer 25 minutes.
- When almost done, melt the chocolate chips carefully, then stir into the sauce mixture until smooth.
- Enjoy as a marinade, dipping sauce or even a sauce for your burgers!
What could be really fun is to try it with other TABASCO® Brand Sauces, such as their original TABASCO® Brand Pepper Sauce (hubby’s personal favorite), or the milder TABASCO® Green Jalapeño Sauce. Then we could see how the flavors in this chocolate BBQ sauce are changed – maybe making your next favorite dip to serve on game day!
The possibilities are practically endless when you have incredible, flavor-enhancing sauces to help you out! Just don’t tell anyone your secret ingredient, so you can stay the hero chef at your next party 😉
Which TABASCO® Brand Sauce is your favorite?
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