Hershey’s Chocolate Barbecue Sauce Recipe

By Chris Johns •  Updated: 05/09/24 •  2 min read

Hershey Chocolate Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Here’s an interesting concoction. A chocolate syrup-inspired barbecue sauce to try on grilled pork or chicken.

Hershey chocolate barbecue sauceHersey’s Special Dark Chocolate variety is used because it’s not as sweet as its more popular cousin milk chocolate. Starting with the familiar ketchup base, vinegar adds some twang, and hot sauce provides the kick.

You might want to substitute for one of the other bittersweet chocolate syrups on the market from any of a number of gourmet chocolate houses. While more expensive, they’ll add a more complex and richer flavor.

Season your meat with a little complimentary cocoa powder (use unsweetened) for double chocolate goodness.

Hershey Chocolate Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Hershey's Chocolate Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Here’s an interesting concoction, Hersey's Chocolate Barbecue Sauce. It's a chocolate syrup inspired barbecue sauce to try on grilled pork or chicken.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 6


  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Hershey’s Special Dark syrup
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 cloves diced garlic
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tbsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp prepared mustard
  • 1/2 tsp hot sauce


  • In a sauce pan saute onions and garlic in olive oil, cooking until tender.
  • Stir in lemon juice, salt, pepper, paprika and hot sauce. Simmer for 5 to 6 minutes and reduce heat.
  • Stir in ketchup, vinegar and Hershey’s Syrup. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
Keywords barbecue sauce, bbq sauce, herseys chocolate

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Chris Johns

Chris Johns is the founder of Rock's Barbecue® and has been an avid barbecue fan for over 20 years. His mission is to make grilling and smoking the best food possible easy for everyone. And each year, he continues to help more people with grilling, smoking, and barbecue recipe recommendations.

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