Product Type: Reggae Reggae Sauce Sauces / Soups
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Reggae Reggae Sauce
Member Name: magenta23
Reggae Reggae Sauce
Advantages: Soo good, unique flavour I could eat it with everything!
Disadvantages: Probably not advisable to eat it with everything!
A few years ago, if you heard the name Levi Roots, you might have thought that was the name of a new style jeans. Now Levi Roots, the likeable dreadlocked musician turned chef, is a household name due to his successful appearance on Dragon's Den, the launch on his hugely popular Reggae Reggae sauce, TV series and two cookery books.
It all started when Levi's grandmother entrusted her recipe jerk barbecue sauce to him. Still a secret, but Levi thought the world should have some 'music in their food', a visit to the Dragon's Den catapulted him to stardom and Reggae Reggae Sauce was bottled and sold to the masses. On a recent 'where are they now' type programme of Dragon's Den, which followed up on entrepreneurs after they had left the Den, Peter Jones, one the investors in Levi, simply said 'Levi? He doesn't need us any more.' Praise indeed.
So, what's all the fuss about? Well a gorgeous tasting sauce with a punch! Recommended for marinating meat, especially chicken and even fish for barbecue- this is the authentic use of jerk flavouring but this sauce is remarkably versatile. I've used it to coat meat and cook in the oven, of course you won't get the yummy blackened crispyness and smokey taste like you do on a barbecue but it still tastes great. Jerk Chicken with some corn on the cob and a bit of coleslaw is one of my favourite meals at the moment.
As I mentioned there are other uses for the sauce and it's great just as a dipping sauce, either with your jerk chicken or just with chips. Subway have even made a Reggae Reggae chicken Sub, and I can see how that would work as it's great in a wrap. My all time favourite use for Reggae Reggae Sauce, however is Reggae Reggae cheese on toast. Spread some sauce on the toast before melting the cheese on top for a cheese toastie with a punch. If you are one of those people who like Marmite or Worcester sauce on your cheese on toast, this is even better! If you don't fancy this, there is even a book out to accompany the sauce, to give you further ideas!
If you haven't tried it, it's a difficult taste to explain. Caribbean food is known for spice and you do get some heat with this, especially if you are using it straight as a dip, however if using a barbecue marinade, by the time the smokey charcoal taste has taken over, you only get a faint amount of heat from the sauce. The other thing I would say is there's a certain fruity flavour to it and sweetness. It's not at all like the usual barbecue sauce, having said that, if does have the rich sweet element so if you like that, you may well like this.
I've never been to Jamaica and tried authentic Jerk cooking and much as I liked it, I did wonder how authentic a taste this bottled sauce is. However, I was at the Notting Hill Carnival this year and alongside the barbecues selling their own recipe jerk chicken, corn on the cob, plantain and other Jamacian food were Reggae Reggae jerk chicken stalls. Surely if this stuff was frowned upon by the guys doing the authentic stuff they have been hounded out not cooking and dancing alongside each other.
There's been a lot of interest in Caribbean food on the back of Reggae Reggae's success to the point where Levi now has his own show, showing us more of his Caribbean recipes. I think it can only be a good thing that such a delicious tasty and healthy cuisine is made easier and more available to us Brits. Makes our food look positively dull in comparison.
Reggae Reggae sauce costs £1.46 a bottle from Tesco, but is available is most supermarkets.
Summary: Go on.. put some music in your food!
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