Sunday, March 15, 2009

Tortuga Jamaican Jerk Sauce

All Jamaican jerk sauces are not created equal: Some are sweet and others are savory, some are thinner and better for marinating or pouring on finished dishes, while others are thicker and better used as wet rubs or for spooning into a recipe. Some are intensely aromatic or incendiary in heat level, while others have a mellower balance of flavor and heat. So while the basic blend of spices and herbs that give Jamaican jerk its unmistakeable flavor usually remains the same, there are enough variations (from subtle to robust) on the essence of Jamaican jerk to ensure that there's a jerk sauce for everyone.

If your personal preference is for a savory and tart, less-sweet jerk sauce with rich but well-balanced flavors and a moderately hot level of peppery heat, then Tortuga Jamaican Jerk Sauce is the jerk sauce for you. There's just enough sweetness in this sauce to smooth out any harsh edge from the hot peppers and vinegar. The texture is pourable but with enough body to let you use this tasty sauce as a table sauce and also as a wet rub for marinating. And the vinegar, in addition to adding the pleasant tartness, helps the usual jerk herbs and spices penetrate whatever you are marinating: pork, lamb, beef, goat, game, chicken, fish or seafood. Tortuga Jamaican Jerk Sauce is all-natural and very low sodium, making it a healthy choice as well as a delicious one. And yes, it is made in Jamaica using traditional Jamaican spices and herbs, so the flavor is authentic. In sum, I think Tortuga Jamaican Jerk Sauce is one of the most family-friendly jerk sauces on the market, with just enough spiciness to perk up your tastebuds without hurting them, and plenty of flavor to satisfy jerk purists. If you've never tried Jamaican jerk, this is a great "starter" sauce. And if you are already a fan, Tortuga Jamaican Jerk Sauce will soon become one of your favorites for everyday use. Get it from the Carolina Sauce Company, where it's currently on sale!

Zestfully yours,

PS: The label on the bottle of Tortuga Jamaican Jerk Sauce has an easy and delicious recipe for jerk pork, to help you get started.

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