Football season is here and what better way to spice up your favorite tailgating food than with this chocolate beer chipotle barbecue sauce!
chocolate beer chipotle barbecue sauce

Word on the street (and out of the.boy’s mouth) is that my tailgating virginity is simultaneously a travesty and unforgivable (personally I think his interest is just piqued by the word “virginity”, but whatever). That I am missing out on one of life’s best!, most fun! and most delicious! experiences and that we really must remedy this “situation” we’ve found ourselves in immediately before I become a cat lady or, worse, a Giants fan.

What one has to do with the other, I’m still thoroughly unclear on, nor do I have any idea how a boy born and raised in Brooklyn can call himself a diehard Cowboys fan. But so it is.


The thing is, the whole standing outside and shivering for hours on end thing is not really my style.

I’m much more of a sprawl out on the couch with a pumpkin beer and a big plate of food under a blanket kind of gal.

But…I thought I’d concede just a little to the.boy. So I made him barbecue sauce.

Smoky spicy beery chocolatey barbecue sauce. Barbecue sauce that you kind of want to smother all over everything you can get your hands on and that, with just one sniff, transports you back to the football stadiums of your college days.

Barbecue sauce that I then proceeded to serve him on a veggie burger. Probably not the most conventional of tailgating cuisine…

…But, you know. It’s the thought that counts.


This recipe is part of a series I’m doing with Divine Chocolate to show how you can infuse their delicious chocolate into every meal of your day! Though I received their chocolate bars for free, my thoughts and opinions on it are all my own. Also, I would like to announce the winners of last week’s #DivineInNYC giveaway! The winners are: Kammie of Sensual Appeal, Abby of Seaweed and Sassafras, and Meredith. I’ll be emailing you!

Chocolate Beer Chipotle Barbecue Sauce
Football season is here and what better way to spice up your favorite tailgating food than with this chocolate beer chipotle barbecue sauce!
Yield: 1½ cups
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • ⅓ cup soy sauce
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 cup pumpkin ale
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 1 oz 85% dark chocolate
  1. In a pot over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the remaining ingredients to the pot. Simmer until thickened, about 15-20 minutes.
Adapted from The Beeroness
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 tbsp


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73 Responses to Chocolate Beer Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

  1. Oh yum!! Combining chocolate + beer + chipotle?! Sounds really flavorful!!

  2. Simply Life says:

    I’m with you and would typically prefer enjoying this in a warm house… 🙂

  3. I think I’ve been tailgating a couple of times in college. I say maybe because I really can’t remember any of those events for some, mysterious, definitely-not-under-age-drinking related reason. So, I say youre not missing out. Especially with chocolate beer BBQ sauce — AWESOME

  4. Chewthefat says:

    I have friends from my area who are Cowboys fans and I totally DON’T get it. Well, your post coincides with the Giants’ first win! Go Giants!

  5. Johanna GGG says:

    wonderful sauce – have bookmarked (and even linked with some other savoury chocolate links on my site – hope you don’t mind)

    now what is tailgating – in my neck of the woods this means to drive so close to the car in front that you are almost touching or at least dangerously close – but I suspect you mean it in another way – because I just can’t see a link between the car and this delicious bbq sauce

  6. This would be amazing on a veggie burger! And a nice healthy compromise. I love this, how creative.

  7. Kathryn says:

    This barbecue sauce sound totally epic – I love all the levels of flavours you’ve managed to sneak in!

  8. patsy says:

    Now that’s a twist on bbq sauce I haven’t seen before! I’m wondering if my KC BBQ loving family would enjoy this one… it definitely has the sweetness of a KC sauce from what I can see in your recipe so, it just might be something I could get away with next time we need BBQ sauce!

  9. Oh my gosh, this looks so, so good! I am in love with everything about this bbq sauce.

  10. bellini says:

    Tailgaiting is just not a thing here in The Great White North, maybe for just the reasons you mentioned about shivering in the cold. But I would gladly put some chocolate BBQ sauce on my veggie burger or otherwise.

  11. Erica says:

    I hate football (and all other sports), but I love this recipe!!

  12. I prefer couch-watching over tailgaiting, too, but I do admit that it’s fun. This BBQ sauce is making me crave a burger – and to think I just ate breakfast! 😉

  13. I have never tried a bbq sauce made with chocolate…how interesting and tempting!

  14. This sounds soooo good Joanne!! What part the the worcestershire sauce play? Not a fan, could I leave it out?

  15. Sues says:

    Whoa. This is the best idea I’ve seen in a long time! Can i eat it with a spoon?

  16. I don’t think you could combine more of my favorite things into a single recipe! HOLY YUM!!!

  17. danielle says:

    Chocolate, beer and chipotle!! Sounds like something I could just eat with a spoon.

  18. You had me at chocolate, and then by the time I saw the rest of this recipe’s name – it was ALL over!! Wow, does this sauce look great, Joanne!

  19. I love bbq sauce, I slather so many things with it, and I love dipping french fries in it!I gotta try this chocolate bbq sauce! YUM!

  20. BBQ sauce on a veggie burger sounds DELIGHTFUL! [And I’m sure if you didn’t tell anyone they wouldn’t even know!] It’s the new way to tailgate 🙂

  21. Paul told me that there’s some football team (I forget which one because, well, football…who cares), where the fans actually stand the entire time to show their support. I’m like, “what? that’s the dumbest thing ever. And this is why I would never want to attend a game in person.”

    Regardless…this sauce? Holy shit. YUM.

  22. Did I just read this correctly? Chocolate? And beer? And smoked paprika? In barbecue sauce? Like I’ve said before, you’re a genius. Need to eat this right now.

  23. go Cowboys! this looks like the perfect thing for this weekend!

  24. Natalie says:

    Wow great flavors, a must try BBQ sauce. Thanks!

  25. I cannot get into football whatsoever, BUT I’m all about the food that goes along with it! Totally blown away by this BBQ sauce. Envisioning this sauce on a turkey burger with some caramelized onions.

  26. I am with you on the tailgating, but am also a sucker for game day food – especially anything covered in a good BBQ sauce like this one!

  27. Kate says:

    I feel like you need a game to go to if you want to tailgate, and your school didn’t really have a football team, right?

  28. Karen says:

    Ooh, that looks good! I bet it was even good on a veggie burger 😉

  29. Eileen says:

    Homemade bbq sauce! YES. THE BEST. I don’t think I’ve ever made one with chocolate before, though–must try soon!

  30. BBQ sauce with chocolate and beer? Oh my heavens yes.

  31. Daniela says:

    It was such fun o read your post and the recipe is amazing!
    The combination of flavors looks very creative and I’m sure it tastes divine.

  32. Sippitysup says:

    I suffer from the same malady. GREG

  33. Joyti says:

    I’ve not been tailgating, ever – nor is shivering outside my style 🙂
    But I’d LOVE this sauce on a veggie burger – it looks great.

  34. What lovely flavors going on here. Would be good with so many things, I am already dreaming.

  35. Hotly Spiced says:

    Pumpkin ale? Now that’s a new one for me. I’ll have to look out for it. This sauce sounds very interesting. I don’t think I’ve had a BBQ sauce with chocolate in it before. I’m kind of glad my husband isn’t sports-mad. I would hate to be dragged out every weekend to watch some game! xx

  36. Chocolate bbq sauce? I must try this right now. Gosh it looks awesome 😀

  37. I’m like you and have never tailgaited before nor do I want to. I like to stay warm and cozy inside. This BBQ sauce though would be tasty smothered on just about everything! YUMMY!

  38. I love tailgating, but then again, I have a strange affection for standing in parking lots and eating chili out of a styrofoam bowl while clutching a cold beer wrapped in a koozy, just before screaming my head off at a football game. Very ladylike, I’m sure.
    I love that you added chocolate to this BBQ sauce!! I’m definitely giving that a go- you know, the next time I’m freezing and excited in a parking lot and holding a foam finger or four 🙂

  39. Abby says:

    woohoo!!! I won! I’m finally getting on the chipotle train, I’ve gotta try this!

  40. Christna says:

    yum! This should be making a weekly rotation in my kitchen.

  41. Tracey says:

    Now *that* is how you do barbecue sauce!! I am loving these chocolate recipes you’re sharing, keep ’em coming 🙂

  42. rika@vm says:

    I hate football, Joanne, but I love football (soccer). I love using local Oregonian and mildly hoppy beer in savory recipes especially pizza crust (the best!)! The BBQ sauce reminds me of a mole sauce 🙂

  43. YUM! This combo sounds awesome. Awesome sauce you might say.

  44. Blond Duck says:

    Chocolate and barbecue? Awesome!

  45. lets see. 3 of my favorite flavors
    1- chipotle- check
    2- beer- check
    3- bbq sauce- check

  46. Shannon says:

    i know somebody else who would like this bbq sauce 😉

  47. I’m with you – I’m a total wimp in the cold. I’ll take my football food indoors, please. I’m totally intrigued by the pumpkin beer AND chocolate in this! Sounds amazing.

  48. I love the sound of this bbq sauce! Chocolate. Beer. Chipotle. You can’t go wrong with any of these. I just want to slather this on some ribs. Oh YUM!

  49. Now, this is probably a terrible confession, but I don’t even know what tailgating IS! Here in Australia, it means driving really close to the car in front of you, but that doesn’t seem to fit the context…

    Fortunately, I don’t need to understand it to understand this sauce. And I love this sauce!

  50. This is a past time I’ve never tried nor understood!

  51. Veronica says:

    Oh man, it looks so thick and delicious! I’m so interested in the awesome flavor combo you did here!

  52. Oh, this sounds so good. And I’m good either way…love being cozy on the couch and shivering in the stands. It’s all about balance…switchin’ it up ;P. Now, I can see this on soooo many things. Where to begin!?

  53. Oh, this sounds so good. And I’m good either way…love being cozy on the couch and shivering in the stands. It’s all about balance…switchin’ it up ;P. Now, I can see this on soooo many things. Where to begin!?

  54. Those flavors sound so good! I am sure going to love this sauce.

  55. Mmmm. I’m going to get my BBQ on!

  56. Love this!!! And I am with you, couch and blanket with food is my way of enjoying any sports that insists to exists after September.

  57. Chris says:

    I guess that makes me a tailgating floozie then 😉 :p :0

    I like the sound of this sauce, Joanne, it seems like it would go great with something beefy.

  58. Reeni says:

    Yes, please! The blanket, the big plate of food and lots of this delectable barbecue sauce!

  59. oh goodness? chocolate & bbq sauce & a bit of spice? oh goodness how wonderful joanne!!

  60. Foodiewife says:

    This kinda sorta reminds me of a mole sauce. Lawd, this would be awesome to make for the men in my life who do watch football. At home. Feet up. While I read. Totally not a football fan, but happy to cater to my man.

  61. cquek says:

    So lovely… Must be yummy too!

  62. Woahhhhh! This sounds awesome Joanne!

  63. Haley L says:

    This looks like such an interesting but amazing combination. I’m for sure trying this sometime soon.

  64. This sauce sounds awesome. How unique. I have never heard of having chocolate on a BBQ sauce. Very inventive 🙂

  65. I have zero desire to tailgate…actually, it’s probably even less than that. I’m totally with you on snuggling inside instead 🙂 This sauce sounds awesome! I’m totally craving some bbq now…

  66. Randy says:

    BBQ, Pumpkin Beer, Chocolate… I love you.

  67. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Oh goodness!! This BBQ sauce has peaked my interest 🙂 I am so excited to taste it!

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  70. Megan says:

    I’m guessing a Stout beer would work in place of pumpkin ale?

  71. This looks delicious! A great addition for tailgating, which is my favorite 🙂

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