I was recently invited to a cooking event to launch a range of new sauces and marinades from Encona, the makers of hot pepper sauce. Unfortunately I couldn’t attend but I was sent some samples to try out in my kitchen at home.
The new range consists of a Peruvian Amarillo chilli sauce and a Smokey Jalapeño sauce, and marinades in three different flavours: Moroccan Harissa, Jamaican Jerk and Korean BBQ. Each marinade has been inspired by its origin, combining authentic ingredients to create flavours that will make you feel like you are riding a camel in North Africa, sunning yourself in the Caribbean or wandering through Gwangjang market. Encona Peruvian Amarillo sauce blends authentic Peruvian Amarillo chilies, roasted onions, spices and herbs to create a sweet subtle chilli flavour with a hint of garlic. The Smokey Jalapeño sauce has a subtle smokey flavour and a warm and fruity taste to complement all kinds of Mexican meal.
I have so far tried the Peruvian Amarillo sauce in a yellow chilli brisket dish cooked in the slow cooker (look out for the recipe soon!), which was full of flavour and so different, and the sauce can also be used as a marinade, drizzled over food for grilling or barbecuing. The Moroccan Harissa marinade was great on chicken breasts, and the marinades will be perfect for the summer months when they will liven up my barbecues.
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Disclosure: I was provided with a set of the marinades for review, all views are my own.