The Smokey Joe Sauce Company – Spicy Banana Ketchup

by Hot Juan on April 28, 2012 · 0 comments

in Product Reviews, Recipes

The Smokey Joe Sauce Company - Spicy Banana Ketchup

The Smokey Joe Sauce Company - Spicy Banana Ketchup

Just imagine that you live on the idyllic isle of St Lucia, I can because I have been there, and so it seems has Smokey Joe. The island is about 230 square miles of volcanic mountains with the highest reaching over 3,000 ft above sea level. The hills and valleys  are covered with a rich green carpet of tropical trees, a lot of which are bananas plants, with bananas being one of the islands major exports.

St Lucia has a history of both French and British, but in 1814 it was finally secured by the British, in 1979 it gained full independence, while remaining part of the Commonwealth. It is a beautiful island with a warm welcome for tourists.

Bananas make a great base for a sauce, the sweetness mean you don’t need to add as much sugar, and this sauce makes great use of the bananas, the spirit vinegar stops the banana from oxidizing and turning the sauce brown, this ketchup is great balance of the sweetness and flavour of the banana, the acidity of the vinegar, then the spices, most notably the allspice  and the cayenne peppers.

Ingredients: Water, Banana (44%), Spirit Vinegar, Sugar, Onion, Sultanas, Garlic, Slat, Allspice, Turmeric, Pepper, Mixed Spice, Cayenne Pepper, Cloves.

Bottle kindly supplied by The Smokey Joe Sauce Company

It is not everyday that you find a ketchup that is not tomato based, and this one works so well, the consistency is thick, but very pourable, ideal for pouring over some BBQ chicken or even some slow roasted pork. In the recipe section of their web site they have  recipe for Pork Kebabs that use the Ketchup as a glaze which we have repeated below:-

Pork Kebabs with a spicy Banana Ketchup Glaze
Recipe Type: BBQ
Author: The Smokey Joe Sauce Company
Serves: 4 to 6
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs pork shoulder, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 10-15 bamboo skewers
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 5 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 cup Spicy Banana Ketchup for glazing
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine soy sauce, garlic, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, and black pepper then mix together.
  2. Add the meat and mix thoroughly until well coated.
  3. Cover the meat and the marinade and put in the fridge for about 4 hours.
  4. Soak skewers in water for about 1 hour before using.
  5. Thread meat onto the skewers.
  6. Prepare basting sauce by combining Spicy Banana Ketchup and mixing well.
  7. Cook on the BBQ or medium grill, basting every time you turn it.
Notes

Serve with rice and peas and/or salad.

This sells for £3.20 for a 270g bottle, which while not cheap, you need to remember this comes from a small producer who creates some very unique and special products, you can order this on their web site were you can also find an ever growing list of stockists.

Flavour
(8.5/10)
Heat
(3/10)
Packaging
(8/10)
Value
(7/10)
Overall
(8/10)

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