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BBQ Tip & Recipe for the Week

Tip of the Week:  Know Your “Taste” for BBQ Ingredients

SWEET—sugar, both brown and white, honey, molasses, ketchup, sherry

SOUR—vinegar or lemon juice

HOT—chili sauce. Tabasco, cayenne pepper, crushed red pepper, black pepper, hot pepper sauces

SPICY—mustard, onion garlic, ginger, cloves, Worcestershire sauce

SALTY—salt or soy sauce

CLEAR SAUCE—vinegar & peppers

RED SAUCE—tomato base, usually sweet

SMOKEY SAUCE—smoky flavor, sweet and usually thick texture

NOTE:  As a rule of thumb, allow 1 pint (16oz) of sauce 7-10 pounds of meat.

The beautiful thing about BBQ is that there are as many sauces out there as there are opinions!!

RECIPE OF THE WEEK:  Chocolate BBQ Sauce

Chocolate seems to be a popular item to mix with different foods - from chocolate covered bacon to this recipe for chocolate BBQ sauce.


4oz apple cider vinegar

8oz of your favorite Pig Pit BBQ sauce

14oz of vegetable stock

1tbl butter

1/2 an onion, small dice

2 Roma tomatoes, small dice

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

4 minced garlic cloves

1.5oz brown sugar

4tsp chili powder

1/4tsp ground cumin

1/4tsp ground cinnamon

1/8tsp ground cloves

3/4tsp salt

1/2tsp ground black pepper

2oz dark chocolate


Melt butter over medium heat in a saucepan. Add onion and garlic, sautéing them for 5 minutes or until golden brown. Stir in tomatoes and continue to sauté for 5 more minutes before adding the sugar and chili powder. Mix thoroughly and cook for 5 more minutes. Reduce the mixture in the vinegar until it has a pasty consistency. Add in all other ingredients except the cilantro & chocolate and bring to a boil after mixing well. Lower the heat and let simmer for half an hour. Finally, add the cilantro & chocolate and let the mix simmer for another 5 minutes before removing from the heat and let stand for 10 minutes. Puree the sauce in a blender and cool for 12 hours before use.  

Brush the sauce on beef tenderloin or scallops while cooking and ENJOY!


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