February brought some newcomers and a shake-up among the "usual suspects" on our monthly list of best-selling sauces at the Carolina Sauce Company. Here are the top ten:
1. Busha Browne's Pukka Sauce: Hailing from Jamaica but not a jerk-style sauce, this all-purpose and versatile hot pepper sauce will spice up any savory dish from breakfast eggs to lunchtime pizza or sandwiches to dinnertime dishes with its solid but not overpowering heat and mellow peppery flavor.
2. Walkerswood Scotch Bonnet Pepper Sauce: Also from Jamaica and also not a jerk sauce, this classic scotch bonnet pepper sauce provides pure pepper flavor and heat without any additional seasonings. If you appreciate the distinctive taste and powerful burn of Jamaica's most famous chile pepper, this is the hot sauce for you.
3. Wells Hog Heaven BBQ Sauce: When people talk barbecue sauce for eastern NC style pulled pork barbecue, this tangy vinegar sauce from Burgaw, NC, is almost always part of the conversation. There are no tomatoes in this sauce because it is true to the unique style found in the eastern part of the state. You can also use Wells Barbecue Sauce as a marinade for chicken.
Walkerswood Jamaican Jerk Seasoning, Hot & Spicy: This is our most popular Jamaican jerk product, and for good reason, too -- it's the real deal in terms of flavor and fire, and it's made by the best-known brand on the island. Lightly coat meats, chicken or seafood with some of this jerk paste and marinate in your refrigerator overnight (meat/poultry) or for 30 minutes (seafood) and then grill, bake, broil or roast for genuine Jamaican flavor.
5. Matouk's Calypso Sauce: This thick and rich West Indian style hot sauce from Trinidad & Tobago delivers feisty scotch bonnet pepper heat with a hint of sweet papaya in a tangy mustard base, per the traditional style of the island nation. Matouk's Calypso is excellent on poultry and seafood, in stews, with stir-fry dishes, and on other hearty dishes.
Ole Ray's Kentucky Gold Bourbon BBQ Sauce: Making its first appearance on our best-seller lists, this mouthwatering, sweet & sassy mustard barbecue sauce has a peppery kick and a mellow richness from real Kentucky bourbon. Whether you slather it on ribs, baste on chicken, serve with grilled sausage, or even dip pretzels in it, it will leave your mouth and belly happy.
7. Matouk's West Indian Hot Sauce: Not quite as hot as Matouk's Calypso and with a delightful tropical sweetness from papaya, this full-flavored, spunky hot sauce is wonderful with fish and seafood, island-style chicken or meat dishes, red beans & rice, stews, stir-fry recipes and more.
6. JohnBoy & Billy's Hot & Spicy Grillin' Sauce: Made in North Carolina in the "down east" mustard style, this spicy and savory barbecue sauce blends together tomatoes, vinegar and mustard with just enough molasses and hot peppers to make things interesting. It's finger-lickin' good on ribs (pork or beef), chicken, shrimp kabobs, and on burgers, too.
Pappy's XXX White Lightnin' BBQ Sauce: Bursting onto our top-ten list for the first time is this spicy-hot, tangy-sweet tomato barbecue sauce from Kentucky. A generous splash of bourbon brings everything together to make for a well-balanced, food-friendly barbeque sauce that packs a peppery punch. Enjoy it on everything you grill or smoke, and at the table as a dipping sauce.
10. El Yucateco XXXtra Hot Habanero Kutbil-Ik Mayan Hot Sauce: Returning to our best-seller list after a long absence, this genuine Mexican hot sauce is made from select habanero peppers using an old Mayan recipe for authentic fiery heat and traditional flavor. A natural for all your favorite Mexican, Tex-Mex and Southwestern foods, it's also a great choice when you want to add some serious heat to pizza or pasta, egg dishes or casseroles, and any other hearty dishes.