This is one spicy meatball! Or, rather, St. John hot sauce.
Blind Betty's Hot Stuff has been a well known food brightener on the island for years. Now, it's getting wider attention from a blogger, the Mad Meat Genius.
The 'Genius', who hails from cool California, takes his spicy stuff very seriously, too.
"Sweet Soy sauce is the aroma out of the gate," he writes. "Orange pumpkin with the shading of red tomato creates an inviting color scheme to this thick puree of a sauce."
Even though the Genius rates Blind Betty only two stars out of five on his Hot Meter, he says (Surprise?) "This sauce is actually very good with food." Hmmm ... what else would you do with it, the Inquiring Iguana wonders.
The Genius tested BB with crab cakes and Dungeness crab. Predictably, it didn't work. After all, crab is a light taste. Betty's ain't subtle.
But with fast food, good results. "This transformed some ordinary fried onion tubes to a Caribbean taste treat."
Blind Betty's comes from St. John. The home office is on Bordeaux Mountain. The Web site is here. And you can find BB at any St. John grocery store as well as St. John Spice.