Guava Barbeque Sauce

This Caribbean pepper is famous for being the hottest chile pepper in the world. They come in a variety of shapes and colors(yellow, orange,green, red,chocolate). Not only are they extremely hot, but they also have a unique,distinctively fruity flavor.

It is the key ingredient in the popular Jamaican Jerk sauce. The habanero is also widely used in many different types of hot sauces. The popularity of this chile pepper continues to grow and is becoming easier to find on the grocery shelf.

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1 cup cold water
1 cup guava paste
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup dark rum
1/4 cup tomato paste
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 Tbsp minced onion
1 Tbsp minced fresh ginger root
1 Tbsp soy sauce
2 tsp ketchup
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 Scotch Bonnet pepper (habanero), minced
Kosher salt and pepper to taste


Place the water, guava paste, vinegar, rum, tomato paste, lemon juice, onion, ginger, soy sauce, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and scotch bonnet pepper into a saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, whisking until evenly blended. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until the sauce has slightly thickened and is richly flavored, 10 to 15 minutes. The sauce should be pourable. If it has become too thick, thin it with some water. Serve hot or cold.

Serves 24.