Here is a recipe born of necessity: A few years back, I had the most profound yen for some mole sauce, but I didn’t have the three days and 30-odd ingredients necessary to make it. I took quick stock of the pantry and came upon some simple ingredients to approximate the earthy, nuanced richness that I was craving.

Over the years, this has become a staple in my grilling repertoire and a dish that continues to delight and impress — the flavor combination of coffee and chocolate seems exotic and yet somehow very comforting and familiar.