We ate it on everything – from roti to doubles, to pelau and mango chow. Pepper sauce was the staple growing up in Trinidad. Without this topping your meal was just missing something. Across the islands it’s red, yellow, even slightly orange. But the one “must” is that it’s hot, or flavorful at the least.
Grandmothers, aunties and chefs all have their ‘secret ingredients’ that make your eyes go wide. For some it’s the type of pepper; for others it may be a special plant they grow in their backyard (shadon beni anyone?).
So for the diasporas and transplants looking for the best pepper sauce brands and seemed to have misplaced their copy of the famed Naparima Cookbook, here’s what you need – courtesy of a few of our sister islands up and down the Caribbean Sea – to make yuh mouth bun yuh!
Trinidad – Matouk’s
A lifelong brand that produces everything from ketchup, pepper sauce and seasonings, this is a must have brand for your kitchen. But, if you prefer to concoct from a homemade recipe, try this one out: simplytrinicooking.com.
Jamaica – Eaton’s
The key to this pepper sauce is scotch bonnet peppers. Makers of jerk sauce, mustard sauce and even the liquefied scotch bonnet peppers. Here a homemade recipe: jamaicatravelandculture.com.
St. Lucia – Baron’s
St. Lucians swear by this. They even make banana ketchup! Try this recipe for the ultimate pepper sauce brew: caribbeanpot.com.