Did you know that Father’s Day is June 17th? My, how time flies! We wanted to take a moment to honor all the special men in our lives. They work hard and don’t ask for much in return. They deserve a special day to call their own.
As this special day approaches, we got to wondering how Father’s Day got started, so of course we did a little digging and found this on Wikipedia:
“In 1910, a Father’s Day celebration was held in Spokane, Washington, at the YMCA by Sonora Smart Dodd, who was born in Arkansas. Its first celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Her father, the civil war veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children there. After hearing a sermon about Jarvis’ Mother’s Day in 1909 at Central Methodist Episcopal Church, she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them. Although she initially suggested June 5, her father’s birthday, the pastors did not have enough time to prepare their sermons, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June. Several local clergymen accepted the idea, and on June 19, 1910, the first Father’s Day, “sermons honoring fathers were presented throughout the city.””
How will you spend this special day with dear old dad? However you choose to spend Father’s Day, it will more than likely end around a dinner table (or more likely around a grill) so we wanted to share a simple, yet delicious recipe for BBQ Sauce using one of our most popular Fudge Flavors, cHarrisa.
cHarissa spice is an award winning Moroccan Food Seasoning that is a favorite among many. When added to our prizing winning Fat Ass Fudge, it is divine! Chocolate with a Kick!
BBQ Sauce with chocolate, you ask? YES! Just a bit of cHarrisa Fudge enhances the flavors in this sauce, but definitely does not overpower it. Perhaps you’ll prepare it and bottle it up as a gift for that favorite guy in your life.
In any case, give this BBQ sauce a try at your next cookout and see for yourself. Chocolate and BBQ sauce DO go well together.
cHarissa Fudge Barbecue Sauce
- 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
- 2 garlic cloves, sliced thinly
- 1 small white onion, finely diced
- 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 6 plum tomatoes, seeded and roughly chopped (we got ours fresh from the farmer’s market on Sunday)
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 2.5 oz. sliced cHarissa Fat Ass Fudge
- 1 cup stout beer, (we used Starboard Oatmeal Stout locally brewed at Port Jeff Brewing Company )
- 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbsp. honey
- 1 tsp. sea salt
Heat vegetable oil in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and onions, cook until soft and browned, about 8-10 minutes. Stir in ground cumin and ground cinnamon. Cook until heated and fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, salt, honey, ketchup, cHarissa fudge, and beer. Cook on a low heat, string occasionally for 45 minutes to blend the flavors.
Remove saucepan from heat and allow the sauce to cool for 30 minutes. Pour the sauce into a blender or vitamix and puree until smooth.
Season (bone-in) chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Grill for about 10 – 14 minutes. Flip and grill until cooked through—about 8 – 10 minutes more.
About 1 minute before chicken is done, paint the barbecue sauce onto your chicken or even ribs and burgers! That’s it! We served our chicken atop our pressure cooked beans—email us for the recipe.
However you choose to spend this next Father’s Day, Chocology wishes you a celebration filled with love, connection and . . .chocolate, of course.
Happy Fathers Day!
~ The Chocology Team