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Authentic Caribbean Hot Sauce Recipe sourced from our Good Friend In Tobago

We have traveled extensively throughout  the Caribbean over the last couple of decades, always acquiring local hot sauce along the  way .  Our favorite island? Well that is a bit of a toss up! However, we have a particular affinity for a little town in Tobago.  We use the word “little” loosely, since the town of South Albany where our store is located, is dwarfed by this Tobago town!

There is a magical woman in this particular town who  has spent her entire life there.  She is the matriarch and is known to the locals as Mama Lyda. For 30 years Lyda ran a tiny bar and every Friday she cooked a feast for locals as well as visitors. Karin was informally adopted mid way through our first visit. Lyda nearly handed her the keys to the bar to run while she was away. Through this adoption Karin was afforded Lyda’s insight into local recipes, from Hot Sauce to learning the nuances of Buss Up Shut (more on that at another time).

With Lyda’s blessing we went about making our own variations of her hot sauce. While tamed a bit to accommodate the Northern palette, they are very much the authentic recipe just with a  little less heat.  We will be putting out an exact version of the original recipe in the near future. Be forewarned with any of our hot sauces,  you will feel it!  Though you will most definitely smile because of it!

Try them out. We are confident that you will love them!

Hoyt Sauce varieties and Ingredients:

  • Mango Scotch Bonnet (Mama Lyda’s recipe)- Mango, Peppers (hot & sweet),  Onion,  Garlic, Vinegar, Water, Salt and spices
  • Papaya Habanero  – Papaya, Peppers (hot & sweet),  Onion,  Garlic, Vinegar, Water, Salt and spices
  • Jalapeño Lime Zest (a classic Salsa Verde hot sauce)  –  Peppers (hot & sweet), Fresh Lime Juice,  Onion,  Garlic, Vinegar, Water, Salt, Cilantro and spices
  • Borracho (a remake of our favorite Puerto Rican hot sauce) – Habaneros, Tequila, Fresh Lime Juice, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Brown Sugar, Cider Vinegar, Water, Salt and spices
  • 96 degrees in the Shade – Scotch Bonnets, Flavor Peppers, Fresh Guava, Fresh Grapefruit, Onion,  Garlic, Vinegar, Water, Salt and spices
  • Wah Gwaan – Scotch Bonnets, Flavor Peppers, Fresh Grapefruit, Fresh mandarine, Nutmeg, Black Strap Rum, Onion,  Garlic, Vinegar, Water, Salt and spices
  • High Fidelity (a legit Trini peppa sauce)- A lot of Scotch Bonnets, Flavor Peppers, Onion,  Garlic, Vinegar, Water, Salt, Pepper and spices
Lyda - Hot Sauce

Hot Sauce – Tell No Lies!

The hot sauce is a wonderful ode to the authentic hot sauces of the Caribben, sweet aroma and heat that lingers! I like to dip my tortilla chips in it!


As a native Philadelphian,where the soft pretzel is probably only 2nd to the Cheesesteak as an iconic food. I can attest that your pretzels are top notch. I also have worked in the resto industry where I have made soft pretzels/bites, etc.
Your's are some of the best I've had. Let me know when I can order more!

EddieNative Philadelphian

We loved the pretzels! We did as you suggested— heated them up and dipped them in mustard. So yummy. I had never had homemade soft pretzels before! Will definitely keep an eye out for your next FPF post.


Just saw Karin advertising her homemade soft pretzels, and I wanted to put in a very good word and recommend that you try them. Our whole household gave them an enthusiastic thumbs up. Tasty and local, with safe and easy pickup and payment. Enjoy!

Julie R.