Blind Betty’s is certainly hot enough, but it’s not going to kill brain cells in the process, as some other sauces will. It definitely adds a potent zing, but doesn’t overpower the flavor of food.
We discovered Blind Betty’s where it’s made, on the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. On our first visit we stopped in at a great shop right at the ferry dock, called St. John Spice. We wanted to take something from the island home with us, and I remembered that store owner Ruth Ernst had featured Blind Betty’s on her Web site. We purchased the Original Recipe sauce, along with Jalapeno Pepper Jelly and Hot Mango Chutney. We’ve gone through them all, and it’s time to reorder!
In addition to the Original Recipe, the sauce is also available in Blind in the Rind and Pineapple Pizzazz flavors. What’s in the stuff? Ingredients include pumpkin, apple juice, tomato juice, carrot, onion, habanero pepper, soy sauce, Worcestershire, lemon juice, and garlic.
Blind Betty’s was the first-place winner of the Fiery Food Challenge in 2003 and the international Scovie Awards in 2004. A couple of reviews at Hot Sauce World echo what my wife, the main partaker of hot sauces in our household, says about Blind Betty’s. Dave said, “This stuff is too good to tell people about, the price will go up.” And Clark said, “This is the best hot sauce I’ve ever had the pleasure of adding to a meal.”
Here’s a video in which St. John Spice owner Ruth Ernst explains where Blind Betty’s comes from: