The joy of a good hot sauce is entirely dependent upon the method in which you decide you want to use that hot sauce. If it’s the fiery, bowel-rending heat of the heavy hitters you’re after, Busha Browne’s Pukka Hot Pepper Sauce is probably not the ideal choice. However, for those interested in the slightly intriguing bite of a moderately hot sauce with a sweet and tart formula, Busha Browne’s signature Scotch Bonnet pepper medley might be just what you’re looking for.
Right off, the bat, you’ll notice the consistency and color of the sauce. Not only is it a little bit jelly-like, it’s got the look and smell of a spicy sweet and sour sauce, and if you were to use it as such, you wouldn’t be too far off. Although those bonnet peppers are second on the ingredient list, you’ll find that this is not the hottest sauce around and can be used liberally for dabbing on you foods.
Yup, despite its own portentous warnings, Busha Browne’s Pukka Hot Pepper Sauce is only slightly hotter than your standard table hot sauce and for that reason you can use it with almost any of the foods you traditionally add a bit of spice to. So where does it stand with a few of your favorite foods, in terms of the blow it offers to your gut.
The first test for this lovely looking Jamaican favorite was the household favorite of finger foods, first with a nacho plate, and then on some potato wedges. Both foods, simple late night snacks that they are, were not at first up to the task of displaying the simple and sweet taste of this sauce. At first, partially in my own cautiousness, I tasted a few small dabs on a chip and to be honest there was no flavor. This is not your “one drop at a time” kind of hot sauce.
At first disappointed, I dropped on a few more drops and tried again, and finally the taste hit me. This Pukka Hot Pepper Sauce is exactly what you’d want from a table sauce, offering a moderately high amount of scovilles, but nearly enough to drown out the flavor of the peppers and Caribbean blend of fruits that add such wonderful flavor.
It’s not all sweet and spicy though with Busha Browne’s sauce. You do need to use a moderate sized amount to get good flavor, and if you overdo it, this sauce does have the tendency to bite at you. Along with that, it didn’t taste great with the potatoes and likely isn’t a perfect choice for your hot sauce cooking options. This is a purely table hot sauce and though it has a wonderful flavor, that very same flavor can backfire if added to the wrong dish. It’s a great sauce to keep around though when you’re hoping to find a bit of a bite for something that would otherwise be too savory.
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