Midday Fix: Long Grove Chocolate Festival event details and a recipe for chocolate barbecue sauce

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Mike Read

Long Grove Village Tavern
135 Old McHenry Road
Long Grove
(847) 634-3117

Long Grove Chocolate Fest
May 15-17
Long Grove

Tickets are available at:


Chocolate Barbecue Sauce

1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup  brown sugar
1 1/2 Tbs maple syrup
1/2 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
1/2 Tbs brown mustard
dash salt
dash pepper
dash garlic powder
dash paprika
2 Tbs sifted unsweetened cocoa
bacon – as much as you plan to use

Mix first ten ingredients and bring to a low boil then simmer for five minutes. Remove from heat and add cocoa. Fry bacon to desired crispiness. If your bacon wrinkles or shrivels, the heat is too high. Keep it on medium heat and flip often. When crisp to likeness, blot the bacon on both sides on paper towel.
Drizzle chocolate bbq sauce onto bacon or add directly on sandwich. Top on burger, chicken breast, or prime rib sandwich.
Add toppings as desired.