I know that the thought of cocoa in BBQ sauce sounds odd, but it is the perfect ingredient to make a rich sauce that is perfect for burgers, sandwiches, or (my personal favorite), a vegan “meatloaf”. This BBQ sauce is absolutely delicious and subtle flavorful enough to become a quick favorite.
Rich Cocoa BBQ Sauce
¼ cup finely diced onions
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 ½ cup vegetable broth
¾ cup ketchup
2 Tablespoons molasses
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons chipotle or chile sauce
3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
1. In a medium saucepan, heat oil to medium-high heat and cook onions for 3 to 5 minutes, or until fragrant.
2. Add the remaining ingredients whisking cocoa to completely incorporate, reduced heat, and simmer for 20 minutes, or until thickened and reduced slightly.