Hot-Headz – Jamaican Jerk Style Chilli Ketchup

by Hot Juan on April 9, 2012 · 0 comments

in Product Reviews

Hot-Headz  - Jamaican Jerk Style Chilli Ketchup

Hot-Headz - Jamaican Jerk Style Chilli Ketchup

When we think of Ketchup, it tends to be the sweet thick tomato sauce that we give to our kids, but Ketchup’s history goes back to the 1690’s when the Chinese mixed pickled fish and spices they called this  kôe-chiap or kê-chiap (Don’t you just love Wikipedia), around the 18th Century the British discovered it in Malay (called këchap) and by 1740 it had become a British staple and the name evolved to Ketchup.

Now this Ketchup is “Jerk Style” jerk is a term from Jamaica and describes a rub or hot spicy mixture  relying on the local Scotch Bonnet Chillies and Allspice berries, so this Ketchup I am expecting to be Tomato based and thick and sweet with that jerk flavour, but as a ketchup not as hot as a Jerk spice mix (That might be a little hot for pouring on your burger).

On opening the bottle the smell is part tomato and part allspice, the sauce is a dark reddish brown and is a good bit thicker that the standard supermarket fare. The taste has that unique Allspice flavour combined with Tomato and the sweetness from the sugar and tamarind, it has a mild heat from the Scotch Bonnets, and is very easy to enjoy and it slips down, this is a real BBQ condiment, no good as a marinate as it will burn with all that sugar, but ideal for introducing more interesting flavour to a family BBQ.

Ingredients: Water, Tomato Paste, Sugar, Tamarind, Brown Sugar, Cane Vinegar, Scotch Bonnet Chillies (5%), Spring Onions, Corn Starch, Honey, Salt, Soy Protein, Vegetable Oil, Garlic, Citric Acid, Allspice, Black Pepper, Liquid Smoke, Ascorbic Acid, Caramel Colour, Oregano, less than 0.01% Sodium Benzoate for freshness.

Bottle kindly supplied by Hot-Headz

Also pop a couple of fried eggs on some toast and a good dollop of this and I am happy any time of the day, at £3.49 for a 390g bottle, it is a little more expensive that the normal supermarket products, but well worth the extra, the more I sit here and dip in to the sauce the more I am enjoying it.

I can see why Hot-Headz have added this to their current range of Habanero Ketchup and Chipotle Ketchup, while it does not have the instant wham bang of a jerk seasoning, it makes a great ketchup.


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