We are going to the kitchen to take a summer flavor vacation to the Caribbean. Miss Anna’s sauces and rubs will be the vehicle to take us on our journey. Miss Anna’s sauces and rubs are from an old family recipe that originated over a century ago. Based in the U.S. Virgin islands, four generations of family members make this handcrafted product. These sauces are fat free, all natural, cholesterol free, and have no artificial colors or preservatives. The original sauce is a traditional ‘Caribbean Hot Pepper Sauce’ that is mustard based. We are going to sample these products with chicken, burgers, sausage and grilled artichokes & asparagus. Come take a little flavor journey with us today.
Classic Caribbean Hot Sauce
Mustard, vinegar, habanero peppers, onion, garlic, sugar and spices are the listed ingredients. The ingredient list is short but has the mysterious catch-all ingredient of “spices”. I would like to know. We like the absence of preservatives and chemicals.
Aroma & Texture:
Mustard, onions and garlic aroma playfully dance through the open bottle top of Caribbean flavor. This is a very thick orange/yellow puree that easily pours from the bottle. No seeds are present.
This is a savory mustard based sauce that screams with Caribbean flair. The ingredients of mustard, onions, garlic, sugar and habanero peppers can be all tasted indivisibly but are blended harmoniously. Sugar and salt are present but not noticed. The all important factor of balance is achieved with bright stars today. The heat is gentle but not scorching. This is one good looking and tasting sauce.
The heat meter tips to 2 stars out of 5
The grill was smoking and some vegetables were cooked. We made our simplified version of aioli. Several tablespoons of sauce were added to a cup of mayonnaise. What a treat this was. With the addition of mayonnaise the heat level was loved by everyone even the chile challenged. We loved the mustard and onion flavor with the beautiful habanero kiss. A dish of sausage and farmers market peas was had. The ‘Classic Caribbean Hot Sauce’ was perfect to dip the savory sausage into. I found myself mixing the fresh peas into the sauce for a flavor treat.
Salt, garlic and onions, spices including habanero peppers, sugar, tumeric, corn starch, paprika, extractive of paprika, natural flavoring and no more than 2% silicon dioxide added as an anti caking aid are the listed ingredients
Aroma & Texture:
Onions and garlic is the prevalent aroma that wafts through the opened shaker top. This rub comes with a convenient shaker top but it turns out it is not so convenient. The rub is so fine it cakes and stalls inside the container after the initial shake. This is a minor inconvenience and the plastic shaker is easily removed. With the shaker removed it easily poured or was scooped with a spoon to apply to your desired food.
As with any rub, tasting straight out of the bottle is not a true indicator of cooking results. I taste salt, onions and garlic. The habanero peppers gently enter through the flavor back door. There is a gentle sweetness from the sugar which seems to balance all these flavors. It is actually very tasty straight out of the bottle. Using this on popcorn immediately comes to mind.
The habanero component is used in restraint today. The heat meter rises to a gentle 2 stars out of 5. With cooking the heat level drops slightly.
We love to barbeque and beer can chicken is an easy dish to cook. We took a whole chicken and dusted Caribbean Shake all over the chicken. It was baked/smoked in our covered kettle grill for an hour. This chicken transformed into a beautiful golden bird. It looked scrumptious and it was. The chicken was moist and smoky but most important the seasoning on the crisp skin rocked. It was spicy but not overpowering. The habanero, garlic and onions were in perfect harmony to season our chicken.
We also seasoned a burger for another meal. This was a great way to bring an everyday burger to another level of flavor. Using the Caribbean Shake is an easy and tasty way to add seasoning.
We are new fans of Miss Anna’s ‘Caribbean Shake’ and ‘Classic Caribbean Hot Sauce. The Caribbean Shake is an easy and flavorful way to season chicken and burgers. The heat level is perfect to grab your attention but not scorch your taste buds. The balance of ingredients is pleasing and harmonious. I still need to try this on some popcorn. The ‘Classic Caribbean Hot Sauce’ is a great mustard based habanero sauce. Do you want to try a flavored mayonnaise for artichokes and vegetables that will be a party favorite? We only mixed the ‘Classic Caribbean Hot Sauce’ with mayonnaises but Miss Anna’s website has a recipe to make aioli from scratch. These two products are now proud members of the Chilebrown pantry. We are looking forward to trying other Miss Anna’s sauces like; “Garlic Habanero, Mellow Pepper and Hot Pepper Sauce”. You can find their sauces, rubs and recipes on their site by following the link below. See you soon!