Jerome’s Hot Sauce grabbed the gold ring in the St. John Sun Times’ first Sauce-Off among seven local products. Using a black bean quesadilla as the heart of the test, staffers judged the contestants on the characteristics of heat, complexity, flavor and versatility.
Reading the newspaper’s report of its competition, it seems that heat may have been a big factor. Of Jerome's, it said “This is the only sauce that made us regret our spoonful … tear-jerking sinus-clearing spiciness,” the judges found.
Runner-up Trinidad Charlie’s Pumpkin Sauce “tantalizes the taste buds” with a pumpkin curry melange, the paper found. Third place went to Miss Anna’s Garlic Habanero sauce which was described as having “hot/sweet flavors of garlic and peppers.”
It’s a safe bet that all the winners, plus the four other sauces in competition, Blind Betty's, Fish Trap Hot sauce, Cheryl’s Caribbean Sunburn, and Pirate’s Gold (”the perfect hot sauce for people who don’t like hot sauce”) can be found on sale at the island’s supermarkets and St. John Spice.