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(@eagleslanded)
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What spices have you purchased in the USVI that have spiced up your food? Whether it be barbeque or whatever. Need some advice as I'm cheating and purchasing on-line (yea Ruth...comin' your way!) before the trip so I don't have to pack it and carry it home.

 
Posted : August 3, 2007 4:11 pm
(@promoguy)
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We buy hot sauce and Ruth has some of the best. Jeromes and Trinidad Charlies for hot sauces. Their packaged bbq rub is also a big deal for me.

You can buy it ahead of time or while you're there and carry it back.

Part of the overall buying experience is meeting Ruth in person. Yeah, Ron also.

 
Posted : August 3, 2007 4:31 pm
(@dreamconch)
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I agree with Promo on the hot sauces...YUM!
I was in a rush the day I bought them so only bought a few, which was dumb because when
everyone discovered I had them, they went way too fast. So,..stock up when you have the chance, next time.

Promo,
Haven't tried the BBQ rub yet. A friend of mine likes to grill her corn on the cob with it. Sounds interesting.

 
Posted : August 3, 2007 6:12 pm
(@ms411)
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Please, who and where is Ruth and what types of hot sauces/spices does she have? Thanks.

 
Posted : August 4, 2007 6:08 am
(@xislandgirl)
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Ruth is a forum member, a STJ resident and the owner of http://www.stjohnspice.com/

Plus she is a really cool person!

 
Posted : August 4, 2007 6:28 am
(@mountaineer-girl)
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I bought some of the Jeromes hot sauce also - its awesome! A few drops of it in my crab dip and it really gives it a bite. I also have some of the Garlic Herb Green, but haven't used it because I'm not sure what I want to do with it. I will probably use it as a marianade when I'm making something special. I brought them home with me back in April, and its like gold to me - I want to use them sparingly. I guess I could order some more thru the mail tho when I run out. but then I couldn't say "Got this stuff when we were in the VI's a few months back..." yada yada haha! 🙂

ps - like this topic way more than the one discussing murder or "truth" in the VI's.

 
Posted : August 4, 2007 9:22 am
(@ms411)
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Thanks! I've been to her store several times, but never knew who the owner was. I remember when they opened, in fact - years ago.

Now, can we get more specific - is there a spice blend that they sell that's a MUST have??? I could never make up my mind when I went into the store, so couldn't figure out what to buy. I tried Blind Betty's hot sauce at Wikked, and really like that (I think it was the original blend), but I'd love to hear what spice blends (as opposed to hot sauce) that other people really like.

 
Posted : August 4, 2007 3:52 pm
(@eagleslanded)
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Does Ruth sell spicey catchup? We found one at a local restaurant that has 12 spices in it and now we're hooked and can't stand regular catchup.

 
Posted : August 4, 2007 3:55 pm
(@dreamconch)
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Now, I haven't tried this but,
a couple of the folks who used up the hot sauces I got while there, would have peanut-butter on toast in the mornings with it sprinkled on top.
I just had to get through the strength of the coffee they made in the mornings (they all nixed my doing it) because that in itself was blasting enough. So, didn't try the toast. I still wonder about it.
Love spicy things but, not with strong coffee.

 
Posted : August 4, 2007 4:37 pm
(@dreamconch)
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Eagle,
Did you happen to notice anything there with lime and cilantro??

 
Posted : August 4, 2007 10:01 pm
(@eagleslanded)
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Dream,
Do you mean in the catchup? It seems to be a tomato paste base with 14 spices added. I'm madly trying to recreate it, but with no success. Go to www.luciles.com. It is amazing stuff!

 
Posted : August 4, 2007 11:06 pm
(@xislandgirl)
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You MUST buy Cruz Bay Grill Rub. It is the all purpose spice in our house and very rarely do we cook a meal without it.

 
Posted : August 5, 2007 9:00 pm
(@bluwater)
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We "must have" the Ruth's Mango Hot Sauce. I don't think it is made by "our" Ruth - it comes from another island, but is my family's favorite!!

 
Posted : August 5, 2007 10:37 pm

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