I discovered Mama T's Hot Pepper Relish a year ago during a long weekend trip to our favorite campground about an hour and a half outside the NC coast. While driving out from there to Manteo to eat at The Weeping Radish German Restaurant & Brewery (paradise on earth if you love German food and hearty German beer brewed according to the traditional Purity Laws), we stopped at Mackey's Ferry Peanuts & Gift Shop in Jamesville on Hwy 64E. This gift store sells Greg's Happy Sauce, as well as a variety of other NC products. They were sampling Mama T's Hot Pepper Relish that day, and I spooned some on a cracker... and experienced fiery pickled pepper bliss!! Mama T's Hot Pepper Relish is the real deal, just like I used to have on Italian deli subs back in New York City, made with a variety of chile peppers cut into chunks and preserved in a savory vinegar base with no added sweeteners. I bought a couple of jars to take home, and devoured them in no time, on sandwiches, burgers and omelets, as an accompaniment to grilled sausages and other hearty BBQ fare, and combined with cream cheese for a zesty dip.
This spring, I got to meet Mama T and her daughter Shirley in person. These charming ladies have been making good food for good people for decades, and I was thrilled to be able to offer their delicious creations through the Carolina Sauce Company online store. Mama T Foods is based in Kill Devil Hills, NC (on the outer banks), and Mama T and Shirley make all their products themselves in small batches using only the finest ingredients. Like the rest of their product line, Mama T's Hot Pepper Relish is quite versatile and works as a zesty table condiment, or as a recipe ingredient in stews, soups, casseroles, meatloaf and more. If you're looking for an old-fashioned spicy and savory hot pepper relish, then this is the one for you. And make sure to visit my blog again soon (or sign up for the free RSS feed), because over the next few days I'll be introducing the rest of Mama T's flavor-packed products!