"I grew up on pepper. I grew up on heat...In the Caribbean, everyone makes their own pepper sauce."
Sonya Samuel wanted that taste of home in New York, but when she shopped around for pepper sauces in grocery stories, all the could find were bottles "with way too much mustard, or ones that weren't even hot." So she started a company of her own: Bacchanal Pepper Sauce.
Our buddy (and James Beard award nominee!) Liza de Guia of Food Curated made a video of her story. Samuel's pepper sauce is all about fresh fruit: habanero and Scotch bonnet peppers, pineapple, tamarind, ginger, and fresh citrus, along with garlic, onions, and other fruits and spices.
Check out the video below for Samuel's take on what makes good hot sauce.