In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

The Ultimate Pepper Sauce Recipe.

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With the abundance of hot peppers I had in my garden this summer, you may have noticed that there are several recipes recently dedicated to the most classic of Caribbean condiments… pepper sauce (hot sauce). If you look at the very bottom of this post, there should be some links to some of the spicy sauces I’ve shared recently that I encourage you to try. As I’ve pointed out in the past, just about everyone on the islands swears that their pepper sauce is the best! Be it the heat, uniqueness of the ingredients used or overall flavor. Here’s one that follows most of the common principles of making a good pepper sauce, with a few personal ingredients I like to add. Be warned that this is very HOT!

You’ll Need…

15-20 hot peppers (scotch bonnet or habanero)
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups vinegar
10 leaves of Shado Beni or 1 cup cilantro
6 cloves of garlic
1/4 small green papaya
1 small bitter melon (caraili)
1 lemon or 2 ripe limes
Juice of 4 limes
8 pimento peppers – optional
1 carrot – optional (helps to balance heat from peppers)

Some notes:

a. u include the seeds of the pepper for added heat
b. add more vinegar if you like it less thick.
c. remember to remove the seeds from the lemon after cubing.

Are You A WINNER? Before we get to the recipe, I’d like to invite you to participate in this month’s contest immediately after the recipe.

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I start off by rough chopping the shado beni, papaya and bitter melon to make it easier to puree in the food processor (remember to peel and remove the seeds from the papaya as well as the bitter melon – you don’t have to peel the bitter melon). I remove the skin off the garlic as well to have it prepped.

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I then slice and cube the lemon and remove any seeds that I see.

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I highly suggest you wear gloves for the next few steps, as the peppers can cause some pain if you handle them with your bare hands. I then remove the stems off the peppers and give them a rough chop. I retain all the seeds, but if want a milder sauce, do remove the seeds.

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Now that I have everything prepped, it’s time to bring out the vintage (old) blender and put it to use. Basically all you’re doing is adding everything listed in the ingredients list to the blender or food processor and puree it until it’s a smooth consistency.You may need to add more vinegar as I pointed out above.

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IMPORTANT : the amount of ingredients you’re seeing in the pictures above is not what I mentioned in the ingredient list. I’m making a bigger batch, but follow along with the ingredients I listed and you’ll be set. You’ll also notice that due to the big batch I’m making that I have a lot of bottles of finished sauce. You’ll have enough for one bottle when done.

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Pour into a clean, dry bottle and store. It should be fine outside the fridge since we used vinegar, but you can certainly keep it in the fridge so it will last longer. Bear in mind that by placing it in the fridge, it will loose some of it’s heat. This is the batch I got when I was done. I have some lucky friends who’ll have their hands on the Ultimate Pepper Sauce when I see them next.

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Win a copy of Hot and Spicy Kitchen Handbook: 200 Sizzling Step-by-Step Recipes for Cuisine and Fiery Local Dishes from India, Mexico, Thailand and Every Spicy Corner of the World

As with other contests I’ve posted on the site before, it’s free to participate. Here’s how…

1. Post a response in the comment section below and your name will be automatically entered into the draw.

2. For an added chance to win (get your name in the pool two times). Head over to the Cooking channel and leave a comment on the “The Ultimate Fried Chicken Recipe” and I will then add your name a 2nd time and give you an extra chance at winning. Say whatever you like (even hello) and that will qualify you for a 2nd time (providing you’ve already left a comment here). Here again is the direct link to the >>>>  cooking channel.

The contest is open from today (Oct 5) to October 31, 2010. Then all the names will be entered into a pot and 1 winner chosen. I will then contact that winner so I can send them the prize ( I will also cover all shipping expenses). So good luck and do give the pepper sauce recipe posted above, a try.

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  1. Robin D.
    August 1, 2022 / 3:22 pm

    Chris I love getting your emails and recipes.
    My HOT Pepper sauce recipe is called “Hot No Ras P.S.” includes Habanos/Scotch Bonnet.
    equal amounts of salt and sugar, Culantro, Mustard and vinegar, and a few Ghost peppers.
    Blend in an old blender, then boil in a dutchie pot so the seeds get soft and the heat and flavor comes ou, then blend once more.
    You should try this method of boiling the sauce once blended. All the other stuff takes the heat away from the P.S.

  2. March 12, 2019 / 2:10 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I can now make my own pepper sauce.

  3. Chuck Williams
    December 5, 2018 / 12:29 am

    Love spicy food and healing up some that I can make this and enjoy it!

  4. September 20, 2018 / 11:30 am

    Love Love your site, it is great. So at home (Trinidad). I have not tried it yet, but will especially with the lemons. Never did that before.


  5. erin stevenson
    September 29, 2017 / 8:04 am

    I tried this recipe but substituted piri piri peppers and omitted the bitter melon. Very nice indeed!

  6. Michael Roth
    December 27, 2016 / 1:04 pm

    Definitely will try this recipe out. We had a TON of peppers from this past growing season, and have been looking for sauces to try them with. 🙂

  7. Bernice Martin
    November 26, 2016 / 11:29 pm

    This pepper sauce is quite similar to how i done mine so i can imagine how tasty it is,

  8. tom
    June 29, 2016 / 11:48 am

    Hi. Just made this and it was horrible. Don’t know where I went wrong.

    I put the entire bitter lemon in (minus seeds). I used rice wine vinegar. I put a lemon in plus skin

    Any ideas??

    My local caribbean takeaway has stopped making homemade pepper sauce so im desperate to recreate it properly


  9. Ron
    February 22, 2016 / 7:10 am

    I have made a tomatoe based chili sauce, but this looks more interesting, I will be using Trinidad Scorpian Chili’s. Cheers. Ron.

  10. DONNA
    November 2, 2015 / 2:02 pm

    My ex-mother-in-law taught me how to make this sauce. She is from Jamaica. Even though i am divorced from my Jamaican husband, i still cook a lot of the food. I also have taught my daughter. I wanted my children to taste the food from their Father’s country.

  11. Lynn
    October 6, 2015 / 1:15 pm

    Do you have any recipes for scotch bonnet relish?

  12. September 26, 2015 / 6:45 pm

    Does this make one pint?

  13. Rob Harry
    July 15, 2015 / 7:15 pm

    You site is The Bomb! You got me back in the kitchen again where I need to be! I have made this pepper sauce and it is truly great! Thank You so much for sharing your talent and passion for cooking!

  14. Rajin
    June 12, 2015 / 11:52 am

    Hi, are you from Trinidad? If yes, where can I find yellow lemons here?

  15. April 27, 2015 / 8:18 am

    Morning Chris, I have your cookbooks and use your recipes all the time. I want to try this ultimate pepper sauce, but am in Texas. Have never seen a bitter melon. Anything to substitute for it? Also, while we do get papaya’s they are not small green ones. Anything to substitute for that?

  16. Leon alves
    April 20, 2015 / 9:07 am

    that book looks fantastic.

  17. dmlee
    March 28, 2015 / 11:46 am

    Hello Chris!!! I stumbled upon your page by accident and let me just say… it was the best stumble ever!!! You’re recipes are great and I want to thank you for sharing part of your heritage. I love to try different foods but can’t afford to travel to taste it so thanks to you, I get a little taste of your country. Thanks again and please don’t stop sharing!!!

  18. Richard
    January 29, 2015 / 11:11 am


    I’ve just made this and it looks & tastes great. Sweet, sharp, tangy and hot.

    I couldn’t get fresh Pimenton peppers, but found pickled ones, which works well seeing as vinegar goes in to the recipe anyway. Anyone in the UK – look out for Aleyna Cherry Peppers in Tesco.

    You’ll need to go to an Indian greengrocer for bitter gourd or Karela.

  19. Tim dinelle
    November 20, 2014 / 10:27 pm

    Hi Chris your recipes are excellent thanks. For this pepper sauce I can’t find a bitter Mellon can I substitute it for something else thanks

    • admin
      November 21, 2014 / 6:18 am

      you can leave it out or use any sort of tart fruit or veg.

  20. D
    November 14, 2014 / 7:57 am

    I’ve tried making this sauce. Apparently the 4 lime juice was too much. It made my sauce very sour. Might have been better if it left it out.

  21. Lynn Hammond
    October 24, 2014 / 12:06 pm

    you know I’m a trini to heart love cooking love the pepper sauce recipe must try have peppers already. Thank

  22. Linda
    October 4, 2014 / 1:49 am

    Chris, I will certainly be making this pepper sauce. I have practically everything growing in backyard garden. My home may be without other things but never out of hot sauce, thank you for the recipe.

  23. Deborah
    September 27, 2014 / 12:47 pm

    Hey Chris, I made, your Green Sauce last weekend. It is Awesome. I will try the pepper sauce recipe next. Thanks for these Great Recipes.

  24. Randy Reid
    September 19, 2014 / 12:43 pm

    I bought a lot of Trinidad scorpion peppers this year from a local grower. I tried a few and they were HOT. I then froze the rest. I was surprised to find out they were not as hot now since they have been previously frozen.
    Live and learn.

  25. Angella
    July 27, 2014 / 10:16 am

    I just ordered your book. My partner and I have been making recipes from your site/youtube and everything has always come out great. She is Trini and this is not the type of food I grew up cooking so having a reliable resource has been terrific. Happy wife, happy life.

  26. Maggie Patience
    May 12, 2014 / 5:50 pm

    I have been making pepper sauce for years. All kinds, from mild to extra hot, from a sauce to chunky. Lately I have been using scotch bonnet of one color only – only red or only yellow. You will be surprised at how each one has a unique taste and flavor.

  27. Olivia
    October 15, 2013 / 6:36 pm

    I’ve been searching for an interesting hot sauce recipe to use my somewhat overwhelming crop of scotch bonnets this year. This sounds ideal! I’ll let you know how it turns out, Chris! Keep up the good work!

  28. October 13, 2013 / 7:30 pm

    Can”t wait to try, Have ghost pepppers that are too hot to cook with.

  29. Jeannette Reyes
    September 14, 2013 / 8:47 am

    I love my pepper sauce and like any good Trini have my own recipe. Similar to yours, but I have never used lime/lemon with the rind still on. Definitely going to try your recipe next time my pepper sauce runs low for that unique touch.

  30. Sandra
    September 10, 2013 / 1:57 pm

    This PS recipe has the balance I am looking doe in PS
    will try this recipe.

  31. Mona
    April 24, 2013 / 12:31 pm

    Looking for a Jan=macian hot sauce hope this one is close. Was given a jar and we,re out . Will try this one as it looks simular. Please enter me in contest

  32. sree
    March 13, 2013 / 7:20 am

    Lovely sounding and some unusual ingredients I have not heard of before.

  33. Hugo Young
    February 26, 2013 / 10:42 pm

    Thanks Chris now I have away to use up all my peppers!

  34. Gregory Williams
    February 2, 2013 / 7:54 am

    Looks good, will definitely have to try making it. Thanks for sharing!

  35. Bonnie
    December 18, 2012 / 11:05 pm

    Nice recipe. I've been experimenting with making pepper sauces, will definitely incorporate yours with mine, should make a winning combination :))))

  36. Angelove
    December 11, 2012 / 11:31 pm

    Thanks for posting Chris, I will certainly give this a try

  37. angela worrell
    October 26, 2012 / 9:32 pm

    great pepper sauce. Please enter my name in the contest.

  38. Alf G
    June 14, 2012 / 5:57 am

    Hello Chris. I am a lover of any kind of hot sause. I guess I inherated it from my mother. Last season I grew some Habenero peppers for the first time and is amaized with the lovely flavour . It was too late to plant Bonny's last season. I got a great deal of Habbos' and added some similar ingredients and put them in my blender. Have a few bottles in the fridge. Thanks for the recepies and will try some of them next time I plant. I enjoy your recepies; but I do not eat shell fish. Thanks. Cheers

  39. Colette
    May 13, 2012 / 11:16 am

    What can I use to replace the bitter melon?

    • Len
      March 7, 2013 / 10:04 am

      Commonly found in chinese/asian grocery stores. Also called Ampalaya.

  40. Paul
    May 12, 2012 / 5:46 pm

    I lived in the Caribbean for two years. The hit sauce was amazing–fiery and full if of flavor. The fiery portion didn’t linger, either. Well, I’ve never been able to find a recipe to recreate those taste combinations–until now!!!! Thanks for the step-by-step guide.

  41. Ray Cuna
    March 25, 2012 / 7:04 pm

    I can't find where to buy shadow beni leaves. I just used the cilantro and blended as instructed. I tasted it but I found something's missing on the taste. I added 4 tablespoons mustard, 2 tablespoons garlic powder, and 3 tablespoons sugar. I liked it a little bit sweet and the result was just perfect to me. I hope I remember these blend next time I make pepper sauce.

  42. dean chapman
    March 17, 2012 / 2:36 pm

    Can't wait to make this sauce. Do I add the lemon peel to the blender? not use to using the peel. Lime peel too….. thanks dean

  43. Kazz1959
    December 5, 2011 / 7:43 pm

    Just made my first batch and I'll be using this again in time for gifting for Christmas. Thanks a million Chris and keep up the good work.

  44. Bryant Kleinfeldt
    October 10, 2011 / 10:13 pm

    Thanks for the recipe. I’ll be trying it with several fresh Trinidad Scorpions, Ghosts & Chocolate Habeneros I recently picked up…

  45. June 12, 2011 / 2:41 am

    Great article! I have been searching for this topic for so long. Thanks for saving lot of my time. I will definitely come again to read your website. 🙂

  46. VMC
    May 23, 2011 / 11:46 am

    I just made this sauce! It is delicious! Thanks for the blog! I'm looking forward to trying more recipes!

  47. Alicia
    May 2, 2011 / 7:06 am

    The lime is being blended with the skin. How interesting…………………………..

  48. Sonia
    April 6, 2011 / 9:12 am

    This is the traditional way and the best.

  49. Dee
    April 6, 2011 / 9:07 am

    too hott!

  50. katherine
    December 1, 2010 / 11:59 am

    Cant wait to make this!

  51. Shameka
    November 13, 2010 / 7:33 pm

    I have to Thank You once again for allowing me to feel the soul of bck home in Trinidad. Traditionally you are suppose to teach your children how to cook and I was not granted that opportunity but this allow me pick up as if I was taught by my grandmother. Everday i want to try something new my daughter loves to eat and I enjoy cooking thanks Again!

  52. emeline
    November 9, 2010 / 4:02 pm


  53. lynda
    November 2, 2010 / 9:14 am

    sounds really good will definitely give it a try

  54. Maria
    November 2, 2010 / 8:58 am

    Love this website…. My children get to enjoy the recipes from their dads home land. Thanks! by the way enter my name into the contest

  55. Nadeen
    November 2, 2010 / 5:29 am

    Hi Chris,
    Thanks for your messages, definitely add my name to the list please.
    Many thanks,

  56. dawn
    November 1, 2010 / 7:05 pm

    what a fantastic recipe!!!makes food taste incredible

  57. Margie
    November 1, 2010 / 3:17 pm

    Looks good, I cannot wait to try it!!!

  58. November 1, 2010 / 3:08 pm

    I would really like to get that hot and spicy cookbook. I hope that I am not being fooled.


  59. Kathy
    November 1, 2010 / 8:05 am

    Dear Chris, you sent this e-mail for me to be able to get the cook boo but let's be real would I really be able to get it? Personally I do not wish to sign up on face book because of it's contents. If you wish you can contact me at my e-mail. I do enjoy your recipes and I have told a few friends about it.

  60. October 31, 2010 / 10:14 pm

    Fabulous sauce Chris. I've never made pepper sauce before and luckily my husband is East Indian so I leave that and the curry to the pros in the family. My job is tasting. It's a good job lol

  61. Donna
    October 31, 2010 / 9:17 pm

    Looks a lot like mine, but I don't use lime. However, my mom always made a lime pepper sauce whcih was fantastic with seafood. SIgn me up please. Donnalyn

    • Akenda
      November 1, 2010 / 3:31 am

      I for one like a lil bit of heat, but could never really get used to this pepper to save my life; however, my sister and stepdad are so glad I have them the recipe. I will continue to pass along the wealth of information.

  62. Annette
    October 31, 2010 / 8:50 pm

    pepper sauce looks very mouth watering……..thanks for the step by step guide – I love our sauces!!!

  63. Janelle
    October 31, 2010 / 6:33 pm

    Your website has saved my marriage…I mean I actually love to cook now!

  64. Tanique
    October 31, 2010 / 6:16 pm

    Yummy. Thanks so much for sharing. Can’t wait to serve this up.

  65. Charlene BM
    October 31, 2010 / 5:37 pm

    Ultimate Pepper Sauce + Ultimate Fried Chicken = Ultimately Happy Trini Belly 😀

  66. Lakshmi Basdeo-Maraj
    October 31, 2010 / 5:08 pm

    Ultimate Pepper Sauce + Ultimate Fried Chicken = Ultimately Happy Trini Belly 😀

  67. olivia charles
    October 31, 2010 / 4:44 pm

    hi chris l love your recipes its the best of the best , i was tring to find recipes and when i decover your wedsite i said thank you lord, you have bring me up a noch, I am on my way to star dum. I have recommend friends on fb to love your recipes.I will really love to recieve you hot and spicy cook book, love and blessing. My address OLIVIA CHARLES HIGH ROAD LABREA TRINIDAD WEST INDIES #2

  68. Jocelyn
    October 31, 2010 / 4:18 pm

    Hmm my husband would love this!

  69. adam
    October 31, 2010 / 1:21 pm

    another great recipe chris
    love it

  70. lesa j.
    October 30, 2010 / 9:55 pm

    thanks for all the work you do in documenting traditional Caribbean cooking.

  71. Eve
    October 30, 2010 / 9:42 pm

    Looks great! Can"t wait to try it. Thanks!

  72. Molly
    October 30, 2010 / 3:20 pm

    Hi Chris, love all your recipes.You can use the limes in a different way in your hot sauce.Just boil,cut,remove the seeds,then blend with the other ingredients.

  73. Aisha
    October 30, 2010 / 2:42 pm

    Sounds interesting. Will try it. Hope I win. My name is Aisha

  74. Maureen
    October 30, 2010 / 12:56 pm

    Hi Chris, I love your site and your recipes are great. I make a lot of Trini dishes and it's nice to see a recipe on your site that makes me say…"Hmmm I'll have to make that this weekend". Keep up the good work.

  75. Rose
    October 30, 2010 / 12:11 pm

    I cannot wait to try this, however, no pimento peppers so I will have to either substitute with something else or none at all!!! I know that the pimento will add a wonderful flavor, a bummer for me.

  76. Sheba Ali
    October 30, 2010 / 10:31 am

    Hi Chris
    I really look forward to your weekly recipes! You really have remembered life in Tdad, and your recipes capture all of it! Love the reminiscing that accompanies the recipes – actually that is what I read first!! It takes me back to my childhood and life in T&T. Keep up the flow!!

    Living in beautiful T&T

  77. emily kim brown
    October 30, 2010 / 10:10 am

    great recipe, please enter my name in the contest

  78. Peaches
    October 30, 2010 / 8:57 am

    I have been cooking up a storm since i joined this site. THANK U SO MUCH.

  79. Ivory T Fields Sr
    October 30, 2010 / 8:48 am

    My mouth is watering right now.I am going to use this recipe today.

  80. Ivory T Fields Sr
    October 30, 2010 / 8:43 am

    This is one of the perfect ways to use the peppers i grow.

  81. chiza westcarr
    October 30, 2010 / 8:42 am

    Chris, another fantastic recipe! I have made my own fiery pepper sauces for a while now, but never with papaya, limes and lemons. Can't wait to give this a try!
    Oh and would love to try to win the recipe book!
    Thanks as always,

  82. Cindy
    October 30, 2010 / 8:38 am

    It took my a while to find a green papaya, and could not find a bitter melon (I live in Alabama), but the sauce is still good without it.

  83. regan
    October 30, 2010 / 7:45 am

    i'm not one for pepper sauce but i sent me dad a link to this recipe!! he would love this !

  84. Sherine
    October 30, 2010 / 7:26 am

    Hi Chris I look forward to your recipes each day they bring joy to my mouth and stomach thanks

  85. juliet
    October 30, 2010 / 6:57 am

    looks delicious!

  86. sanmelvin
    October 30, 2010 / 5:57 am

    This looks good, this is a lot of peppers though,my mouth is burning and my eyes are watering already and i haven't made it yet. Not sure what is bitter melon, not used it in Barbados unless it is under a different name.

  87. Charlotte Gomez
    October 30, 2010 / 2:50 am

    looks great

  88. Charlotte Gomez
    October 30, 2010 / 1:10 am

    Always good inspiration to be found in here;-)

  89. Gail
    October 30, 2010 / 12:36 am

    I have made my mom’s pepper sauce recipe and everyone loves it, I tried yours and it is a big hit as well. Everyone is still partial to my mom’s , I think besides the fact that it is good, she died two years ago , so it is more loyalty than anything else. I have also made it with pimiento. I do not get it in CA but my in laws ship it from NY for me and while I disagree with the person who said it is not for the faint of heart ( it is not a hot pepper but full of flavor) IT does make an incredible sauce. Thanks for the great job you do Chris.

  90. Reener
    October 29, 2010 / 11:03 pm

    Chris I love hot sauce and cannot wait to make this one!!!

  91. aurea
    October 29, 2010 / 10:59 pm

    will try this recipe when i run out of my store bought sauce. Enter my name in the contest.

  92. John
    October 29, 2010 / 10:43 pm

    Love hot sauce, can"t wait to try it.

  93. Stefani
    October 29, 2010 / 10:05 pm

    Loving all the spicy recipes! Can't wait to try them out. Keep them coming.

  94. Ivy
    October 29, 2010 / 10:04 pm

    Your doing a great job Chris! I love the ultimate pepper sauce recipe, FANTASTIC!!

  95. ahtinah
    October 29, 2010 / 9:46 pm

    I am so glad I found you!!!! I am your new fan!!! I'm not from the Caribbean, but love the food, so each recipe has me drooling and in a hurry to get the ingredients so I can start cooking and eating. I would like to have all these recipes in a book, but will settle for the online recipes that I can print out.
    Thank you Chris, I am our biggest fan.

  96. Maurissa
    October 29, 2010 / 7:28 pm

    hmmm will definitely pass this on to friends who love the hot stuff…bess recipe right here.

  97. Joanne
    October 29, 2010 / 6:43 pm

    Love a good pepper sauce but never seen a recipe with chopped limes blended in it. Will have to try that.

  98. Philis
    October 29, 2010 / 6:15 pm

    Chris, got to hand it to you, every week I so look forward to your next recipe, tasty indeed!

  99. Karen
    October 29, 2010 / 5:50 pm

    Great site and great recipees. I can throw away my cookbook now! wish I had discover this earlier! One site I will recommend all my friends to visit.

  100. Ingrid
    October 29, 2010 / 5:44 pm

    WOW!…mouth-watering indeed, It looks really tasty.

  101. marcia
    October 29, 2010 / 4:53 pm

    Thank you Chris for more peppersauce recipe. Try making some pepper sauce with the flavorful Pepper we call Piemento in T& T. Its not hot but its a fantastic appetizer withgreat FLAVOR but not the heat for the weak at heart.

  102. elizabeth
    October 29, 2010 / 4:42 pm

    i love this recipe it 's making my mouth water .. i definetly have to try it

  103. rick
    October 29, 2010 / 4:09 pm

    Hi chris that looks like a sause of inspiration.

  104. Nikki
    October 29, 2010 / 3:16 pm

    Pepper is my passion!!!!I know I’ll live this one!

  105. Kysha
    October 29, 2010 / 3:06 pm

    I really enjoy your recipes

  106. carol
    October 29, 2010 / 3:06 pm

    All looks great……..enter me……

  107. Robin Durant
    October 29, 2010 / 2:56 pm

    Hey Chris, I'm just too busy for my own good!…Gotta slow down soon! How many of us think that about ourselves, I wonder.

    That Hot Sauce really looks fantastic! I am in the process of aquiring the ingredients and will definitely be trying it! I grew up on a Caribbean Island, and hot pepper sauce was a staple in the house and at every meal. Must have the Scotch Bonnet aroma and flavour, not to mention the heat with all meals.
    Thanks for posting it and so many of your other incredible recipes.

  108. Thelma
    October 29, 2010 / 2:34 pm

    This looks like a great pepper sauce. I like hot sauce and can't wait to try this. Thanks for all your great recipes. Keep them coming.

  109. DaveS
    October 29, 2010 / 2:33 pm

    Nice one Chris… got to give this one a try, looks to inviting to miss :))

  110. stanmore
    October 29, 2010 / 2:33 pm

    verygood i do enjoy youre recipes , keep them coming

  111. Tyeshya Williams
    October 29, 2010 / 2:33 pm

    My husband would love it if I could make some good pepper sauce!

  112. Siri
    October 29, 2010 / 1:51 pm

    I have never tried green papaya in my pepper sauces, only fro tenderizing meat & green papaya salads. But as a Jamaican, we love everything with pepper. Right now the Scotchies are not only hot but very flavourful!!

  113. laci
    October 29, 2010 / 1:44 pm


  114. Sonia
    October 29, 2010 / 1:31 pm

    I made some this week. Delicious and sooooooo hot!!! My daughter keeps putting it on everything:)

  115. Deborah
    October 29, 2010 / 1:17 pm

    how hot is it?

  116. alj
    October 29, 2010 / 1:11 pm

    I am trying to do more cooking at home to try and cut back on eating out expenses. I will definately add this to my box of recipes to try.

  117. Joan
    October 29, 2010 / 1:00 pm

    thanks Chris. Another Fab recipe. I will surely try this version.

  118. donkeyot
    October 29, 2010 / 12:58 pm

    I will be trying this soon and also forwarding to a few others that can "take the heat"

  119. Terri
    October 29, 2010 / 12:50 pm

    At last a good West Indian cooking with step by step instructions. Tried the curry shrimp. it was delicious.

  120. Sita H.
    October 29, 2010 / 12:47 pm

    I just might have to try this one.

  121. Shanita
    October 29, 2010 / 12:46 pm

    I love anything hot and spicy so o can’t wait to try this recipe. Thank you for sharing such great recipes.

  122. Tony
    October 29, 2010 / 12:42 pm

    Chris- I'm making this today. Can't wait to hurt/share it with my friends. Enter my name in the contest!

  123. Shelley
    October 29, 2010 / 12:37 pm

    Truly unique website! I Love all the step by step pictures! Your recipies are true island wonders!

  124. Mimi
    October 29, 2010 / 12:09 pm

    Your peppersauce looks yummy,can't wait to try it. Only problem is,I might end up eating too much! I will be making it next week,as soon as I purchase all the ingredients. Thanks Chris

  125. laura
    October 29, 2010 / 12:04 pm

    this is exactly how my mom makes it!

  126. Sharna
    October 29, 2010 / 12:03 pm

    Chris –

    Here you go again… I like this Pepper Sauce recipe. I have my own, but this is very flavorful. Thanks!

  127. SAB
    October 29, 2010 / 11:57 am

    Wow! Would love to get this "hot,hot" gift! Love your Caribbean recipes, too!

  128. sally khan
    October 29, 2010 / 11:56 am

    Your hot pepper recipe hit the spot for my family, we’re all lovers of spicy food and of course, a good, hot and tasty pepper sauce adds just the right touch. Already made a batch and they all loved it. Keep up the good work!!!!

  129. Christina
    October 29, 2010 / 11:48 am

    Great recipe!

  130. Richard
    October 29, 2010 / 11:46 am

    don't forget to enter my name in the contest also!!
    Nice recipes man!!Takes me back to the good old days back home.

  131. nickiesha kowlessar
    October 29, 2010 / 11:36 am

    your pics are very easy to learn to cook

  132. Paul
    October 29, 2010 / 11:28 am

    Can’t wait to make the hot sauce

  133. Lisa
    October 29, 2010 / 11:26 am

    ALL i have to say is YUMMYLIOUCS!

    Thanks for all your wonderful recipes
    i dont have to bother my mom to cook
    for me much any more 🙂

  134. October 29, 2010 / 11:25 am

    this peppa sauce looking hot…..

  135. Maxine
    October 29, 2010 / 11:24 am

    Wow, looks good! I’ve got to try this one out~

  136. Regina
    October 29, 2010 / 11:22 am

    I love canning fruits and veggies! I would love to try canning with hot pepper sauce!

    Thanks Chris!

    Have a Blessed day!!!

  137. dannydaniels
    October 29, 2010 / 11:21 am

    Maaaaannnn that tastes super hot and super good and super hot again. WoW! Thanks for this recipe!!! This makes my day. Okay, I don't have the bitter fruit, but just the same, it's dynamic!!!

    I'm burnin'!!!!

  138. Sharleen
    October 29, 2010 / 11:19 am

    Looks delicious. Enter me in your contest please.

  139. camille
    October 29, 2010 / 11:17 am

    Looks good can’t wait to try

  140. Rohellio
    October 29, 2010 / 11:14 am

    Looking great cant wait

  141. Glinda Pugh
    October 29, 2010 / 11:14 am

    Chris you do such a great job of going step by step with instructions and illustrations. Keep up the great work!

  142. M. Springer-Griffith
    October 29, 2010 / 11:13 am

    Never tried slicing the Peppers but I will this time

  143. jude
    October 29, 2010 / 11:08 am

    Yes Chris, you can enter my name in the contest. I will make your sauce this weekend, as I have all ingreds at hand..

  144. Sherise Weston
    October 29, 2010 / 11:05 am

    cant wait to try this……..i crave proper pepper sauce when i leave trini, i can never seem to find any to my liking. Hopefully this one will do the trick

  145. Kristal
    October 29, 2010 / 10:48 am

    Found your site a week ago. Love the recipes 🙂

  146. Gillian
    October 27, 2010 / 11:39 pm

    love the pictures that go along with each step ..thanks for making it so easy to follow 🙂

  147. thaddeus harden
    October 26, 2010 / 10:46 pm

    I Will try it soon!

  148. Sandra
    October 26, 2010 / 8:49 pm

    OMG. Just looking at the bottle of pepper sauce have me frooling

  149. Fatima
    October 26, 2010 / 6:26 pm

    Im sooo excited to try this out..looks mouth watering!!

  150. Debbie
    October 26, 2010 / 5:08 pm

    Looks delicious,have to try it…

  151. celeste
    October 26, 2010 / 1:51 pm

    me have to past this around to my ppl

  152. celeste
    October 26, 2010 / 11:57 am

    mouth watering have to try this

  153. Rohellio
    October 26, 2010 / 11:51 am

    Ready to try it all

  154. October 26, 2010 / 11:08 am

    Looking good, Chris! Enter my name in the contest!

  155. misoyoung
    October 24, 2010 / 9:14 pm

    I can't wait to try this recipe!! it's so much fun to give hot sauce out to my friends.

  156. Carissa
    October 22, 2010 / 12:23 pm

    I love your recipes…everything true trini style…

    Lots of stuff that parents and grandparents try to teach us while growing up..but we never quite get the touch as we were not paying attention its all documented ste-by-step! Way to go! Thanks for that.

    A whole lot of new recipes also that I have never tried before…

    Btw..pepper sauce looks very tasty…just like my late father’s. Yum.

  157. Arlene
    October 20, 2010 / 7:33 pm

    I love all the recipes that you put up I have tried a few and they came out great but want to know how do you make the bully beef with onions if you don’t mind telling me

  158. Sonia
    October 19, 2010 / 8:02 am

    this is on my to do list for this weekend. Can’t wait to try it.

  159. Jan
    October 17, 2010 / 4:21 pm

    We love Pepper sauce, can't wait to try it. Thanks

  160. clifjet
    October 17, 2010 / 2:58 pm

    I finally have a reason to use my dried habenero peppers!!

  161. Elaine
    October 15, 2010 / 4:24 pm

    Chris, what exactly is bitter melon? I keep hearing about it but I don,t know what it is

  162. canela985
    October 13, 2010 / 9:19 pm

    I am looking for a recipe for a hot pepper sauce from Central Africa. It contains Scotch Bonnet pepper and palm oil. Maybe someone can help?

  163. Tammy
    October 12, 2010 / 8:26 pm

    This looks great! will make a great gift at Christmas present, when preserved as raj suggested, for friends able to take the heat anyway…

  164. Valda
    October 12, 2010 / 10:03 am

    Looks fantastic.

  165. Jo Ann
    October 11, 2010 / 7:07 pm

    Looks yummy!! Can't wait to try it especially with the lemon. Always tasty recipes!!

  166. Sabreena
    October 11, 2010 / 5:38 pm

    I just discovered your site while looking for an oxtail recipe. Your pics make me want to go grocery shopping in order to make fried chicken and green seasoning (and after this article pepper sauce lol). I too did not watch my Haitian family cooking and am at a loss as an adult. Thank you so much for the posts, I have favorited you under my cooking sites :).

  167. Roz
    October 9, 2010 / 9:08 am

    I tasted a pepper sauce from Belize that was made with carrot and it was good. Also, I go to an african restaurant in Bklyn, NY and their pepper sauce is unique in taste and good. But I will be making yours today.

  168. nancy wamboldt
    October 9, 2010 / 6:07 am

    Hi Chris. I am definitely going to try this..My son loves HOT recipes. He is a great cook(never writing down the recipes he makes), but that whats makes him great.. I love your site.Thank you again..

  169. lilly lucas
    October 8, 2010 / 7:37 pm

    don't u cook the papaya since it ferments ?

  170. Barbara
    October 8, 2010 / 11:22 am

    Thanks for this recipe. I will certainly try it. I make pepper sauce using my mother's recipe which is similar to yours except for the lemons, lime and shadow beni.

    Thanks for all your post, I look for them everyday and cannot wait to open them up when I recieve a notification.

  171. Siri
    October 8, 2010 / 7:50 am

    What does the bitter melon do?? Not used to seeing that in Caribbean recipes as we don't typically use it here in Jamaica.

  172. Black Iron Chef
    October 7, 2010 / 11:27 am

    Chris if I was going to process it to put on my shelf how long would I need to processs it for in a hot Water Bath?

    Also I always enjoy the photos you include in each recipe, they help to visualize the steps.

  173. lynda
    October 7, 2010 / 9:32 am

    sounds awesome will definitely give it a try

  174. Robina
    October 7, 2010 / 9:25 am

    Will this recipe work if I use a milder pepper like an jalepeno or a cubanelle pepper? (especially combined with culantro)

  175. Teryl
    October 7, 2010 / 8:12 am

    Nothing better than home made pepper sauce I will sure trying this .

  176. Norlisha
    October 7, 2010 / 7:55 am

    I need to try this pepper sauce and there better with the Christmas season coming in at a fast pace, it will be perfect for when my friends come over to parang.

  177. Louise
    October 7, 2010 / 3:11 am

    Reasons why i need to get a new blender.

  178. Angie
    October 6, 2010 / 1:43 pm

    Sounds awesome! I just hope I can hang! Will DEFINITELY give it a try 🙂

  179. Tara
    October 6, 2010 / 11:27 am

    Nothing better than homemade peppa sauce. As kids we used to take some from the jar and put it at the side of our plates to be like the adults. By the end of dinner, sometimes our eyes would be red, our noses watering, and our tongues burning!

  180. Sharon
    October 6, 2010 / 11:16 am

    This pepper sauce recipe looks good i will give it a try

  181. Aaron Harlow
    October 6, 2010 / 10:41 am

    I always make my own pepper sauce and going to give this one a go !!

  182. Jennifer
    October 6, 2010 / 8:27 am

    Chris, that pepper sauce is tempting. Looks like I have a project for the weekend!

  183. Glenda
    October 6, 2010 / 7:41 am

    Hi Chris, My family are big fans of pepper sauce. I'm sure when I present this at our Thanksgiving table, it will be the talk of the holiday, especially when I give everyone a batch to take home. Supermarkets here in the states don't have the CARAILI. What can I use a substitute?
    Thanks for all the great recipes. Keep up the good work!!!

  184. Chris Sidifall
    October 6, 2010 / 7:30 am

    I love this recipe. I got some pepper sauce from panama that was also flavored with fruits loke papaya and mango. Think I'll throw some in this recipe to give a few batches a different spin. I too grew peppers in my yard this summer and have them in the fridge trying to figure what I wanted to do with them. Thanks Chrs

  185. ruth phillips
    October 6, 2010 / 7:16 am

    morning chris, i have started a business of bottling pepper sauce and it's going quite well. it hasnt reached groceries or supermarkets but it leave trinidad quite regularly. I have bottled it with the label *saucy ruth* and my customers love it….. however the prices of peppers r ridiculous right now due to the weather here in trini. I paid $600.00 for a half crocus bag , a little over seven hundred peppers. my recipe is similar to urs with a few differences ha ha.

  186. laulette
    October 6, 2010 / 2:51 am

    oulàlà ça pique !!

  187. Sueling Chang
    October 6, 2010 / 12:51 am

    I put a little Heinz mustard in mine. That's the way we like it.

  188. Bruce
    October 6, 2010 / 12:29 am

    Hello chris.I have made your pepper sauce and my wife loves it.My fiends at work loves it.I really love it.Man what is it that you can't make lol.I tell them to go to your site.Much respect to you .

  189. Deb
    October 6, 2010 / 12:25 am

    Thanks for all the wonderful recipes!!

  190. Nicole
    October 6, 2010 / 12:23 am

    It's true that putting pepper sauce in the fridge looses some of its heat. My father in Trinidad keeps them in glass bottles out of the kitchen on a counter. But for some reason here in Canada putting them in the cupboard for a while, I noticed it starting to spoil. Anyone know why???

  191. Miriam Mc Millan
    October 5, 2010 / 11:39 pm

    Pepper sauce is part of my daily meal. I just love it.

  192. Daredevil
    October 5, 2010 / 11:37 pm

    Great stuff Chris keep up the good work

  193. michelle
    October 5, 2010 / 11:34 pm

    Tried one of you jerk reciepes and we all loved it. Printed of one of your pepper receipts also for my mom, thanks so much for all your hard work…

  194. Sheryl Lundgren
    October 5, 2010 / 9:19 pm

    Yummy can't wait to try it!!

  195. Denyse Ramkissoon
    October 5, 2010 / 7:56 pm

    Homemade peppersauce is always the best,love it!

  196. Denyse Ramkissoon
    October 5, 2010 / 7:50 pm

    Home made pepper sauce is always the best.Love it!

  197. raj
    October 5, 2010 / 7:48 pm

    Chris, great recipe. As an alternative, you can place the blended ingredients in a pot and bring it to a boil, then bottle them when partially cool. In that way immediately after bottling you place a cap on the bottles.The remainig heat of the product would then create a vaccum in the bottle which would prolong the shelf life and you would not need to store them in the refridgerator until after it is opened. One note is that you should sterilize the bottles by washing them in hot water and allowing them to properly dry before you fill them.

  198. Susanza
    October 5, 2010 / 7:12 pm

    I am so ready for the heat. We know what is coming up in the next few months so I definitely need to keep my kitchen hot.

  199. Melanie H
    October 5, 2010 / 6:42 pm

    yes this pepper sauce looking right

  200. Shurland
    October 5, 2010 / 6:36 pm

    I like this recipe. I’ll modify mines to something like it

  201. Philis
    October 5, 2010 / 6:15 pm

    This strikes me as a "hot seller" Chris, never put whole lime in though, have to try this one out, I love hot and spicy food, thank you.

  202. Momena
    October 5, 2010 / 6:03 pm

    This pepper sauce looks tasty i wll try making insha allah

  203. syndiann
    October 5, 2010 / 5:59 pm

    OMG! it makes my mouth water

  204. syndiann
    October 5, 2010 / 5:57 pm

    OMG! its mouth watering

  205. dean seon
    October 5, 2010 / 5:44 pm

    Chris…. 1 TBS Trinidad curry powder, 1TBS cumin, 1/4 C. mustard oil and 1/4 C.brown sugar would be a good thing that can be added. And , instead, of limes—1/4 white wine vinegar.

  206. PAM
    October 5, 2010 / 5:31 pm

    That hot sauce look good, will be making a batch soon.

  207. charmaine clarke
    October 5, 2010 / 5:11 pm

    this looks great, and u can also add some carrots to it.

  208. Sandra
    October 5, 2010 / 5:10 pm

    I must agree with the other comments. It does look really really good. I am out of pepper sauce right at this moment and it makes me feel I could go out to the green grocers tomorrow and buy stuff and make some. That's for sure. You know us Trinis how we love pepper sauce. Not that commercial stuff that we find in the super markets, but the real stuff.

  209. cheryl
    October 5, 2010 / 5:09 pm

    hot and spicy to go

  210. Sandra
    October 5, 2010 / 5:07 pm

    Hi Chris, I prefer to make my pepper sauce in the food processor ( I usually call it ground pepper because it is very thick as I add no liquid – unlike the blender where you must add liquid) especially if I am sending it abroad to North America. Even if its a local destination (Trinidad and Tobago) I do the same. The reason being when it is received it goes such a longer way when diluted. e.g. I send off one bottle and its so thick and concentrated that that person may sometimes get two or three bottles from that single one. That way its more beneficial to them and less bottles to travel with!!!!!

  211. Camoya Mitchell
    October 5, 2010 / 5:00 pm

    I can't wait to try this out :))

  212. Souza
    October 5, 2010 / 4:57 pm

    Can I make the pepper sauce without shado beni or cilantro? I hate them.

  213. Dora
    October 5, 2010 / 4:55 pm

    hi, great recipes! keep up the good work! 😉

  214. Judy
    October 5, 2010 / 4:51 pm

    This sounds so exciting!!

  215. Praim Sankar
    October 5, 2010 / 4:47 pm

    I would would do the same except I would take about a 1/4 of the chopped ingredients and bottle it in vinegar to cover. This way I have pepper sauce and hot pickels as well

  216. October 5, 2010 / 4:37 pm

    This is some serious heat boy! Just the way I like it! 🙂

  217. Tina Bell
    October 5, 2010 / 4:35 pm

    Darn my blender is broken.

  218. John
    October 5, 2010 / 4:32 pm

    nice peppers

  219. Shanita
    October 5, 2010 / 4:30 pm

    I can’t wait to try this out, it look hot and spicy just how I like it

  220. Leeloutie
    October 5, 2010 / 4:22 pm

    Hi Chris, you can also add morai. Refrigerate and will last for months.

  221. Petra
    October 5, 2010 / 4:05 pm

    Looking tasty!!

  222. dean seon
    October 5, 2010 / 3:53 pm

    Hi Chris…… great recipe.


  223. gerbear69_
    October 5, 2010 / 3:46 pm

    boy, that sauce making my mouth water! can't wait to try it

  224. noeliacipriani
    October 5, 2010 / 3:44 pm

    gosh that looking serious….mouth watering!!!

  225. Livia Mcleod
    October 5, 2010 / 3:38 pm

    My mouth is watering from just looking at the pics!! YUM

  226. carroty
    October 5, 2010 / 3:33 pm

    I like my food good and hot. This pepper sauce should do the trick!

  227. Richard
    October 5, 2010 / 3:31 pm

    man,that looking hot but it looking tasty also.I'll have to try it for sure

  228. ~Shaka~
    October 5, 2010 / 3:22 pm

    What I wanted to know is if the limes are Necessary?? What does it do for the sauce and if so, do I have to peel the limes first or grind up the lime Skins as well????

  229. ant
    October 5, 2010 / 3:21 pm

    this sauce came out real good i use it everyday

  230. Nickus
    October 5, 2010 / 3:19 pm

    This is a great recipe. have to try it soon. I can include it in my mexican dishes.

  231. Lee Ann Rose
    October 5, 2010 / 3:14 pm

    Hi Chris, I was just thinking of you this morning…will likely pick my first batch of Guava tomorrow a.m. (You had forwarded me your Mom's recipe for Guava Cheese last year). I would love to add the Hot & Spicy Kitchen Handbook to my growing collection of reference materials for my adventures in Caribbean cooking! I'm currently experimenting with Mango Hot Pepper jelly and will forward my results to you at a later date…a recent "adventure" to share with your readers using "fresh" Scotch Bonnet" peppers: Feeling pretty cocky, I slipped on my latex "pepper" gloves and proceeded to chop with confidence; finishing, I washed my hands with soap and proceeded to prepare my batch of Mango Hot Pepper Jelly; I noticed a slight tingling under my finger nail but thought nothing of it. A few hours later the tingling progressed to pain I would assume could compete with Chinese Bamboo Torture – I tried cleaning with a finger nail brush, the point of a nail file, etc., anything to dig out the pain! The pain lasted nearly a week – next time I will use Rubber Gloves!

  232. marcia
    October 5, 2010 / 3:11 pm

    Chris I think I make some great Pepper Sauce myself but you know we Trini say self praise eh no praise. Anyway for a little twist I add some GROUND CUMIN. wWhich really adds flavor when eating any curried dish.

  233. laylow
    October 5, 2010 / 3:05 pm

    Wonderful recipe Chris, thank you for inspiring me and others. God Bless you.

  234. ruisha
    October 5, 2010 / 3:04 pm

    OMG!!! That looks extremely HOT!!!!

  235. Geeta Ganesh
    October 5, 2010 / 3:01 pm

    Hi, This is just like mammy used to make. lol My Mom has the same recipe except for the papaya.

  236. Gemma
    October 5, 2010 / 3:00 pm

    the pepper looks good one thing i add when making my pepper is add a few squeeze of mustard it gives a nice flavor an color.

  237. Rachel
    October 5, 2010 / 3:00 pm


    I love your recipes. The step by step instructions and pictures are fantastic! Anybody can cook with your help 🙂

  238. Carla
    October 5, 2010 / 2:55 pm

    This looks like one wicked Pepper Sauce! Must try it soon. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  239. Bob Herring
    October 5, 2010 / 2:52 pm

    Looks great, homemade is always better than store bought.

  240. Bee
    October 5, 2010 / 2:51 pm

    I love a great pepper sauce. My mom loves to prepare jars for me being that i'm a pepper sauce freak lol… i put it on almost everything.
    I will definitely try my hand at this recipe.
    Thanks for posting

  241. Jessica
    October 5, 2010 / 2:48 pm

    hey chris, tried this1 and it is the bomb…LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  242. MrsBayne
    October 5, 2010 / 2:43 pm

    Hi Chris … love your "easy to make" recipes … and the pictures are the best! My husband is from Trinidad and I have been surprising him with learning a few of his favorites from your receipes … this is one I will try since I know he likes his pepper sauce …

  243. latasha loman
    October 5, 2010 / 2:42 pm

    that pepper sauce looks and smells hot, but my brothers will like that since they are a lover of pepper… i am about to try it….

  244. Sandra
    October 5, 2010 / 2:39 pm

    Hi Chris – love pepper sauces. Great recipe!

  245. Nicci
    October 5, 2010 / 2:38 pm

    This is some serious Pepper sauce

  246. latasha loman
    October 5, 2010 / 2:37 pm

    that pepper sauce look hot but i will give it a try since my brothers love pepper …

  247. Nadia
    October 5, 2010 / 2:36 pm

    cant wait to try this recipe!!!!!!!! i love peppa sauce!!!!!!!! esp wit flavor and not just heat!!!

    • Petra
      October 5, 2010 / 4:06 pm

      Me too!

  248. zainab Ali
    October 5, 2010 / 2:36 pm

    OOOOh..lalala..this is what Caribbean people adore,especially we Trinis..nothing like that goes better with a curried duck and dhaalpuri roti with a banana soda!!!!!!!!!!!!

  249. October 5, 2010 / 2:25 pm

    Hi Chris. Wow, scary amount of peppers in your photos! sounds great though. How long will this sauce keep for?

  250. rension attai
    October 5, 2010 / 2:25 pm

    That look like the sause of inspiration.

    • October 26, 2010 / 11:05 am

      Hey Rennison, aren't you our neighbour from Arima?

  251. Karla
    October 5, 2010 / 2:23 pm

    I can't wait to try this recipe!! It will be great to hand out to friends.

  252. coco baileys
    October 5, 2010 / 2:22 pm

    Gonna have to try thins one not done it with whole lemon and lime.

    • tony
      October 29, 2010 / 7:30 pm

      got to try this one to

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