Caribbean Hot Sauces – Integral Flavors for Caribbean Cooking

Throughout the Caribbe, Caribbean hot sauces is a extreme popular and famous name. Making from hot chiles, they are found on every table, coming in a huge variety of flavours and styles.


Jamaicans especially love their hot sauces, and most will either make their own hot sauce to be used for the table, or buy any of the great numbers of bottled sauces found in Jamaican groceries. One popular sauce found in many Jamaican homes is pawpaw pepper sauce. It is a simple, sweet, and very hot sauce used to flavor chicken, pork, or beef. Pawpaw is a coarse sauce made of papaya finely ground carrots, habanero peppers (Scotch bonnets), and chayote. The mixture is boiled with water, vinegar, and brown sugar before being jarred.


Another Jamaican hot sauce is red devil pepper sauce. This particular sauce is brilliantly red and extremely hot. Red devil is made by blending habanero peppers with onions, ketchup, allspice, vinegar, and Pickapeppa Sauce (made by a famous company of the same name). Pickapeppa Sauce is a blend of tomatoes, sugar, onions, vinegar, mangoes, tamarind, raisins, and spices.


Other Caribbean countries have their own favorite hot sauces, too. Whether used as table sauces or as marinades, Caribbean hot sauces have a couple of characteristics in common. They are usually very hot, and contain some kind of tropical fruit sweetness.


The people of Barbados love a spicy pepper sauce made of chopped onions, mild peppers, habaneros, papayas, garlic, mustard powder, white wine, and other spices. Barbados pepper sauce is used as a basting sauce for pork, chicken, and seafood.


Saba pepper sauce, from the small Caribbean island of Saba, is made by blending finely chopped chiles, garlic, onions, malt vinegar, salt, and olive oil. Saba pepper sauce is usually used as a table sauce.


Haitians love their Ti-Malice sauce, which is made with finely chopped onions, lime juice, fresh chiles, butter, and garlic. Ti-Malice is used mostly as a marinade for seafood and poultry dishes.


Aruba uses a pepper wine that is made by marinating chiles in rum. Pepper wine is a table or cooking sauce used by Arubans to flavor various seafood dishes.


The favorite hot sauce of Trinidad is mango chile relish, which is made with unripe mangos, garlic, chiles, salt, and pepper. Mango chile relish is used with broiled shellfish.


Other areas of the Caribbean use variations of the above hot sauces, but one thing is certain. Whether purchased at local markets or fresh and homemade, Caribbean hot sauces of varying styles are a must in every Caribbean household.


Billy Bristol is the writer and editor for Spicy Cooking, a website devoted to hot spices, spicy foods, blazing cooking, the hottest cuisines around the world, and “knock-your-socks-off fiery recipes that all chile-heads and chili-head wannabes will love. Spicy Cooking will fire up taste buds and scorch your plate…Guaranteed. Spicy Cooking