Kick Up Your BBQ Sauce


Ancho Chile-Chocolate BBQ Sauce

  • 2 tbsp ancho chile powder (from 2 pods of dried ancho chilies, lightly roasted then seeded & chopped) or store-purchased ancho chile powder
  • 2 tbsp cocoa nibs
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 cups BBQ sauce (your favorite type)


  1. Roast ancho chilies at 350º for 2 minutes just to soften them.  Then remove stem and seeds and chop, working quickly before chilies harden. Or you can use store-purchased ancho chile powder
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, add butter and cocoa nibs and slowly pan roast the cocoa nibs until aromatic and smelling like brownies and mixture gets foamy
  3. Add the ancho chilies and your favorite BBQ sauce. Simmer about 15 minutes, place in a blender and puree until a smooth consistency is achieved