As we kick off another edition of the annual July Month Of Grilling, let’s jump into a recipe which is heavily requested and it’s something that goes hand in hand with BBQ and Grilling on the islands. If you’re from the Caribbean or have traveled to the islands (maybe you have friends from the region), you’ll know that Garlic Sauce (a thin aioli) is one of the preferred condiments served with BBQ. While there are many variations of this iconic sauce, I grantee you that this is as spectacular as it gets.
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2-4 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 lemon (juice)
3 tablespoon chopped cilantro
2 small scallions
1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
1/2 scotch bonnet pepper (no seeds)
6 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon honey
Important! The Scotch Bonnet pepper is optional (but it does add to the overall flavor), however if you do use it be sure to wash your hands with soap and water immediately after.
This garlic sauce is very simple to assemble. I say assemble as there’s hardly any work and there’s no cooking involved.
Basically you’ll want to give the cilantro, scallion and scotch bonnet pepper a rough chop, then juice the lemon and the real work is done. Don’t use any of the seeds nor white membrane surrounding the seeds of the scotch bonnet pepper. Unless you want the raw heat.
Place everything in a blender (or food processor) and puree until smooth. Add a bit more lemon juice or vinegar if you find it’s a bit too thick.
Personally I like serving this garlic sauce chilled. Goes great on grilled meats, fish, hotdogs and hamburgers. Perfect on fries and as a dip for chips or pizza. Must be stored in a sterilized container in the fridge and will last between 2-3 weeks easily.
Do you own a copy of my cookbook ?- The Vibrant Caribbean Pot 100 Traditional And Fusion recipes Vol 2