With another season of abundant peppers in my garden and with all the requests for more peppersauce (hot sauce) recipes, I thought I’d share one influenced by the amazing CoCoPine Sauce that my good friend (and chef) Barry B market in the Caribbean. Chef B’s is a bit more complex and it reflects in the overall flavor. However this version can hold it’s own and will tantalize your taste buds.
- 3/4 small pineapple
- 10-15 assorted hot peppers
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 lemons (juice)
- 1 teaspoon grated horseradish
- 4 large cloves garlic
- 4-6 leaves shado beni (culantro)
Important: Wear gloves and wash your hands immediately after handling such hot peppers. If you cannot source Shado Beni (chadon beni) feel free to use cilantro (coriander) . To tame the heat you can remove and discard the seeds and white membrane surrounding the seeds of the peppers and discard.
Basically all you have to do at this point is to prep the ingredients. Wash and remove the stems off the peppers (you can give them a rough-chop if you wish). Peel, core and cube the pineapple, then juice the lemons. And finally.. grate the horseradish.
Please everything into the food processor or blender that you’re using to make the puree. Keep in mind that you can make this smooth or as I prefer, a bit chunky. Thus the reason I went with using a food processor. Feel free to give the Shado beni a rough chop too.
Since I wanted a bit of chunky consistency, I went ahead and pulsed the food processor. Stopping to scrape down the sides a couple times. Be sure to have the windows in your kitchen open as the scent of the peppers can be a bit overwhelming.
It’s that simple. An incredibly fiery and tasty peppersauce one would expect from the Caribbean. I used a combination of Ghost, Habanero, Scotch Bonnet, Chocolate and Scorpion peppers. Watch the video below for the exact peppers I used. Feel free to use peppers you can handle and/or have available in your region.
Place in a clean container and store in the fridge. You will notice that after a week or so the heat will subside, the flavor of the pineapple will decrease and you may need to add a bit more salt. This is all natural. For a more pronounced pineapple flavor you can go in a with a pineapple juice reduction.