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Busha Browne’s Pukka Hot Pepper Sauce

December 06, 2019

   Busha Browne is a long-standing Jamaican food product manufacturer that many of you may not have heard about before. They make authentic sauces and condiments using a great variety of exotic fresh Jamaican produce gathered by local farmers throughout the countryside. Prepared and bottled in small batches as it was done 200 years ago, these award-winning artisan products are worth looking into if you love Caribbean cuisine or are simply curious! Here at Chilly Chiles we carry the Pukka Hot Pepper Sauce, Spicy Jerk Hot Sauce, and their Traditional Jerk Seasoning Rub!

   Pukka Hot Pepper sauce is an authentic product which has been traditionally used as a table sauce and in the preparation of traditional hot dishes. Today, Pukka Hot Pepper Sauce is also used in Creole and Cajun cooking. It’s extra hot and fiery as the label says, made with fresh Jamaican Scotch Bonnet Peppers. The sauce’s fragrant, tangy, fruity, and exotic flavour profile makes it the perfect addition to a variety of cuisines. What’s more, it’s also all-natural, low sodium, preservative-free and gluten-free. After looking through the Busha Browne website, I found some more interesting information about the origin of this product’s name. The term "Pukka" comes from India and means "authentic, genuine, and first class." The website also claims that "Pukka does not burn the mouth. It warms the heart and soul." I love that!

   Water balances out the acidity and consistency of the sauce, while the Scotch Bonnet peppers bring all the heat along with a fragrant, sweet, and fruity flavour. Cane vinegar adds some tang while preserving the product. Modified food starch, a classic ingredient in many Jamaican hot sauces, helps give the product a thicker consistency for more careful pouring. Salt ensures that the product is well-seasoned and the furthest thing from bland. I’m not sure what the “approved spices” could be. I’m assuming by approved they mean that they are certified as all-natural. Grapefruit seed extract acts as an additional, natural preservative.

   In terms of heat, I would give this one a 5 out of 10. It’s got the perfect level of heat I would hope to find in a Scotch Bonnet based hot sauce. Given that this solid heat is well-balanced with fresh, tangy flavour, I would say everyone should give it a try. It’s got the classic Caribbean taste that beginners or full-blown chile heads can appreciate. If you’re literally just getting into hot sauces and spicy food, I would STILL urge you to give this one a go given that you can always just try a drop at a time. I’ve had some of my friends who are rather unsure of their abilities to handle the heat try Busha Browne’s at one of my hot sauce parties. The feedback has always been overwhelmingly positive, so even if you only like Jalapeno or Cayenne based hot sauces, this one is still worth checking out!

   Use Pukka Hot Pepper Sauce to enhance all kinds of meals. The fresh heat and savoury tang will have you craving more and more, as it makes for a nice addition to all kinds of cuisines whether Indian, Caribbean, Mexican, Cajun, or Creole. It can also nicely match the flavours of your favourite comfort foods! It’s perfect on eggs whether in an omelet, scrambled, hard-boiled, over-easy, or in a sandwich. With its noticeable heat and fresh tang, it can liven up your fried rice, grilled chicken or tenderloin, wings, sandwiches, Bloody Marys or Caesars, stews, curries, jerk chicken kebabs, shrimp, prawns, scallops, burritos, tempeh or seitan dishes, and so much more. Try it with Caribbean shrimp pasta and Jamaican patties too! It’s a very versatile product so feel free to use your imagination. It’s got that classic taste that I’m sure many of you (if not all) would appreciate!

   Come by one of our store locations and give Busha Browne’s Pukka Hot Pepper Sauce a try! It’s a classic many of you are sure to love.

As always, Keep it spicy!

Alexis




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