You have to love it when life introduces you to something spicy that you can’t get just anywhere.
While staying at the beautiful Grand Isle Resort on Great Exuma in the Bahamas, I had a little adventure this week that took me to one of the coolest beach bars I’ve ever seen: Chat ‘N’ Chill. It sits on Stocking Island, a short hop from Exuma’s largest town (at a whopping 1,000 people) George Town. Yup, it’s in the middle of extreme natural beauty and a whole lot of solitude. There, while I was having a tasty Bahamian lunch at the bar, Kenneth “KB” Bowe – the man behind it all – introduced me to his house brand Chat ‘N’ Chill hot sauce.
Totally Bahamian. Totally Chat ‘N’ Chill.
Now you can’t get this hot sauce anywhere else than Chat ‘N’ Chill. It’s not sold abroad. It’s not available on Amazon. This is one of those spicy exotic treats that life throws at you out of the blue (and there is a lot of blue in Exuma, let me tell you.)
The base of the hot sauce is Scotch bonnet peppers. KB gets the Scotch bonnets locally and creates the hot sauce right at Chat ‘N’ Chill. It’s just another cool touch to a place where you can get fresh conch salad – the conch is cracked right on the beach. That’s fresh.
The rest of the ingredients? Well, KB wouldn’t give it all away, but it’s a tasty mix that really keeps the overall heat and flavor of the Scotch bonnet peppers front and center. It’s got the sweet tang that you want and a serious kick. There’s little standing between you and the hot peppers, so be prepared to sweat a bit.
“Try it with the cole slaw.”
That was my favorite food advice that I got all day. Chat ‘N’ Chill makes a homemade cole slaw that’s really tasty – not overly sweet and very fresh. But it took on whole new levels of yum when I mixed some of “KB’s Special Recipe” hot sauce with the cole slaw. The Scotch bonnet added a layer of sweet, and the heat worked perfectly. The clean cole slaw taste helped temper the heat just enough to make the mix feel like it just belonged together. Seriously good.
Another great option is dipping it with french fries. My lunch of mahi mahi, cole slaw, and fries was made all the tastier with a few simple dips.
If you ever make it out to the Exumas and you love spicy food, you owe it to yourself to check out Chat ‘N’ Chill. They sell bottles of KB’s Scotch bonnet sauce there, so you can take some home if you pack it just right in your checked suitcase.