I take my hot sauces seriously. Forget what you know about hot sauce — Tabasco, Frank’s RedHot, whatever. These are generic, bland and boring. I’m going to kick it up a notch, bring on the heat, and give you my top Caribbean hot sauces.
Tabasco (last resort ONLY)
As far as generic, boring hot sauces go Tabasco is the best of the best. It’s everywhere. Its worth mentioning that toe-to-toe, Tabasco wouldn’t stand up to any Caribbean hot sauces. Obviously. I’ll give it to Tabasco –it does have the brand following and manages to be on nearly every table, everywhere. Whenever I’m in the states for instance, and I go to a local eatery, I always ask the waiter for hot sauce — hoping it won’t be Tabasco, but rather a local variety. Nine times out of ten its always Tabasco, much to my dismay. Long story short, as a hot sauce fanatic I MUST have hot sauce with my meal, even if it means Tabasco. Hot sauce is a vital part of my dining landscape as much as a fork and a knife.
Jerome’s Hot Sauce
This hot sauce is the only one on my list I’ve had the least interaction with. We (Jerome and I) probably crossed paths before: either on a fish dish or pork chops. However, Jerome’s hot sauce has quite a local following in the Virgin Islands. In fact, in 2008, Jerome’s hot sauce came in first place in the St. John Sun Times “Best Of the Island’s”. Since then, Jerome’s sauce skyrocketed in popularity and he hasn’t looked back since.
Miss Anna’s Hot Sauce
I love Miss Anna’s hot sauces on fish. It’s the perfect combination of flavor, heat and attention to detail. With the family’s recipe being handed down through generation to generation; after 100 years of giving fishermen and fish lovers the perfect sauce for their daily fish meals, it’s no wonder it tastes so good.
Blind Betty’s Hot Sauce
One of my favorite Caribbean sauces, period. It’s virtually tied with Trinidad Charlie as my favorite hot sauce. Blind Betty has a special place in my heart because her sauce is local, made in the great island of St. John. How could I not root for my hometown sauce? Blind Betty’s sauce may have a small following, but has a big follower in me. Like most great Caribbean sauces, Blind Betty’s is made with a whole lotta fresh organic ingredients in the Caribbean. Nuff said.
Trinidad Charlie’s Hot Sauce
My favorite sauce. I can’t even begin to describe it on this blog post well enough to serve it justice. Just trust me on this, it’s phenomenal. The man behind the sauce is real too, in fact, he’s quite the celebrity. Trinidad Charlie’s hot sauce is unique because its made in small-batches. The secret ingriedient: love. I use this hot sauce on literally everything I eat. Sometimes it can gross people out, but who cares? It’s the best hot sauce in the world. I’m usually conservative about my sauce choices and tend to go with the original flavors, but all three of Trinidad Charlie sauces are just too good to settle for one. Maybe Trinidad Charlie will see me screaming unabashed praise on this blog post over his sauce that he’ll send me life-time supply :).