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Chocolate Caramel Brownies

chocolate caramel brownies

chocolate caramel brownies

from Megan Day, Barbecue champion and co-owner of Burnt Finger BBQ

Ingredients

  • 50 caramels, unwrapped
  • 3/4 cup salted butter, melted
  • 15.25 oz box chocolate cake mix (Any box cake mix will do. My favorites: German Chocolate and Devils Food cake mix)
  • 1 cup evaporated milk, divided into 2/3 cup and 1/3 cup
  • 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips (You can use milk chocolate chips instead)

Instructions

  1. Preheat grill to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a disposable foil pan. (approx. size 12×10)
  2. Combine the dry cake mix, melted butter and 2/3 cup of the evaporated milk. Mix by hand until batter is smooth.
  3. Place a little over 1/2 of your batter into the prepared foil pan. Set over indirect heat for 10 minutes to begin the baking process. After 10 minutes, remove from heat and sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over the top of the partially cooked brownie. Set aside.
  4. Over medium-low heat, stir together caramels and remaining 1/3 cup of the evaporated milk in a saucepan or small foil pan. Melt and stir until the mixture is smooth.
  5. Drizzle the caramel sauce on top of the chocolate chips. Drop small spoonfuls of the remaining batter sporadically across the top of the caramel sauce. You may not have enough to completely cover the top layer.
  6. Return the pan to the indirect side of the grill and bake for an additional 18 -20 minutes until the brownies feel set on top and the edges are crisp. Let the brownies cool completely before cutting to allow the fillings to firm up.
  7. If you are using a disposable foil pan, feel free to cut the corners and peel away the foil sides instead of trying to cut and dig out the brownies from the pan.

Get the Family Involved:

  • This delicious recipe has layers of flavor and several chances to bring the family together to help you make the dish.
  • First up, it takes a while to unwrap 50 individual caramel wrappers. Put the kiddos to work on this fun task.
  • Up next, the partially baked brownie will need a layer of chocolate chips. Have the family measure out the chips and supervise them as they distribute the chips across the warm layer of batter.
  • Finally, the dollops of batter over the top of the caramel sauce layer is a fun activity to share with the family. Give each child a small spoon and have them scoop up the batter for you. Use your finger to sporadically drop each spoonful of batter across the top.

Tips:

  • There are approximately 35 caramels per bag. A bag and a half should do the trick!
  • If you are using a charcoal grill, create a two-zone fire. Baking will take place on the cooler side of the grill. If you are using a propane grill, only turn on one or two burners. The baking will take place on the cooler side of the grill.
  • If you are using a pellet grill or smoker, set your temperature to 350 degrees F.
  • If you are using a smoker, adjust your vents and fire to run your pit at 350 degrees F.
  • Use your instant-read thermometer to check doneness! These brownies will be perfect at an internal temperature of 180 degrees F.
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