Chocolate Malta BBQ Sauce

Make your own barbecue sauce. Make Chocolate Malta BBQ Sauce and you can control the sodium and sugar in it.

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There are some flavors that I am obsessed with.  Chocolate in savory dishes is one of those.  The other is Malta, which is a malted soda very common in the Caribbean.  I’ve been putting them in a lot of different dishes but Chocolate Malta BBQ Sauce is one of my absolute favorites.  The dark chocolate powder gives the sauce such depth and the Malta brings sweetness and a little malt flavor.  It is so good you will want to eat it with a spoon, just like my little one.

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My slight obsession with Malta started after my hubby and I had dinner at Richard Blais’ restaurant, The Spence.  We had the most insanely good lamb chops.  They were deliciously sticky and sweet.  My hubby and I were trying to figure out where the sweetness was coming from and finally asked our server.  We were shocked when the answer was Malta.  It wasn’t something I was familiar with but since that time I have been using it quite a bit.  It is in my Orange Apricot Malta Ham.

When is it not a good time for chocolate?  Um, never!  You cannot taste the chocolate but it adds a layer of flavor that pops.  My daughter started dipping some flank steak in the sauce then ditched the steak and just used her spoon.  This sauce is fantastic on flank steak.  I’ve also tossed chicken wings in them.  Oh my were they good.  You will see that recipe around Father’s Day.   Give this BBQ sauce a try.  You will be so glad you did.

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Yields Approx 10 tbsp.

Chocolate Malta BBQ Sauce

3 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

28 minTotal Time

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  • 1 (7 ounce) bottle malta or a non-alcoholic beer or coke
  • 1 tbsp. hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp. reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, smashed
  • 1 tbsp. unsweetened dark chocolate powder
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 16 Fat 0 grams Carbs 4 grams Fiber 0 grams Protein 0 grams


  1. Bring all ingredients to a boil in a small saucepan.
  2. Reduce the heat to simmer the sauce. Simmer and let the sauce reduce until it is syrupy, around 15 - 20 minutes.

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  1. I like that stuff too. I drank it before, and it doesn't get me drunk. I like to try that BBQ sauce recipe. Only this time I omit the chocolate. And replace it with a bit of tomato paste. Not sure, how it will come out with the tomato paste mixed in.
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Mary, if you cook the tomato paste a little in the pan it should be OK. Malta is a non-alcoholic beverage so you don't have to worry about the affects of alcohol.
  2. I'm pretty obsessed with BBQ sauce, and I think we've established that you have great taste in sauces (i.e., same brand as me :)). I can't wait to try this out! I've been looking to make my own for a while now
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Yes, You have great taste in BBQ sauce. Hope you like it. I was surprised that my little one liked it so much.
  3. Christie, I can't wait to give this a try. I'm always looking for new ways to change up food on the grill. And it's chocolate!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Thanks Joan. Happy to get some more chocolate in my dishes. It is going in my baked beans too.
  4. Jeff Palmatier says
    Hi Christie, Looks fabulous - I can't wait to pair this up with a couple of rib-eyes and maybe just a touch of mesquite smoke to accent the chocolate.
  5. My husband has a malta in the fridge... I wonder if he will let me use it :). This would be great with the chocolate rub I have. Thanks for sharing it. I am going to give it a try.
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Thanks Marly for stopping by. I love the idea of a chocolate rub with this bbq sauce.
  6. Sounds delicious! I have never heard of malta before and doubt that they sell it in Iowa, but you never know :)
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Lisa, You never know. I'm always surprised what I can find at my local grocery store. Thanks for stopping by.


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