Hot sauce spotlight: CaJohns Barbecue Sauces

Started in 1996 by John Hard, a Fire Protection Engineer with an ironic passion for hot and spicy flavours, Ohio-based CaJohns Fiery Foods cover all the bases. Cajun, Southwestern, Asian and Caribbean flavours are all represented in everything from hot sauces to spice blends.

What we’re really loving from them right now, as we attempt to fully commit to the temperamental British summertime, are their barbecue sauces - especially, being the booze-hounds we are, the alcohol infused ones.

Preservative free and carefully prepared in small batches, both of these sauces have won big at the World Hot Sauce, BBQ and Extreme Food Awards. First up, the relatively mild but complex Spiced Rum Ancho Barbecue Sauce. There’s a lovely earthy heat from the ancho chillies and a splash of spiced rum adds a subtle sweetness, while bold spice and smokiness hold it all together. Slather it all over ribs.

Kicking the heat up a notch, the Bourbon Chipotle Barbecue Sauce is light in texture and heavy on flavour. It’s rich, tangy, sweet, smoky and probably the most popular of the CaJohn’s barbecue sauces, because it’s a cracking all-rounder. Chicken, seafood or pork; try this on anything (and everything).

By HB&B Assistant Manager Catherine Lockhart