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This sounds like something the kids would make up, but there's only a hint of chocolate in it. But that hint adds a surprising richness to this sauce. This is a simple base recipe; adjust it to your tastes. Serve this with a nice, spicy glass of California Zinfandel.
chocolate bbq sauce

2 cups tamarind concentrate (available at Latin or Asian markets)
(If tamarind can't be found, soak 1 pound of dark raisins or dried prunes in enough boiling water to cover by 1 inch for 30-45 minutes. Puree fruit and water in a blender.)
2 tablespoons liquid smoke
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoons powdered ginger
1 tablespoon paprika or chile powder
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (or to taste)
pinch of salt

Combine all ingredients and blend well. Allow to steep for at least 2 hours before serving. Brush on kebabs just before removing them from the grill or serve as a sauce on the side.

beef kebabs

3 lbs beef steak (style of cut is optional), cut into 1-inch cubes
2 cups apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup white wine (optional)
1/2 cup soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1 lb white mushrooms
1 lb pearl onions or 1 large red onion, quartered
1 lb cherry or grape tomatoes
1 red or green bell pepper
olive oil
salt and pepper

1. Combine vinegar, wine, soy sauce, garlic, pepper, and allspice in a large non-reactive (glass or enamel) oven dish.

2. Marinate beef in liquid for 1 hour. While the beef is marinating, soak bamboo skewers in water (also try wine or a combination of your favorite vinegar, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, etc.)

3. Light charcoal in the grill.

4. Skewer beef with onion, mushrooms, pepper, and tomatoes. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Set aside until coals are ready.

5. Grill until done to your taste.