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Sauces with Caribbean flavor

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If you’re born in Haiti and married to a Trinidadian woman, then hot sauce at the Thanksgiving dinner is a logical requirement, even after many years in the United States. Alix Hogu, 34, liked to serve his mother-in-law’s sauce, made for friends and family. “Why don’t you try some of Mama Pearl’s hot sauce?” his wife, Candice, often asked guests. Everyone liked the spicy mixture of habanero and jalapeno peppers, cilantro, garlic, and vinegar and a new business was born. That was 2011. Hogu now spends all his time making and marketing Mama Pearl’s hot sauces ($3.99 to $6.99 for a 5-ounce bottle, or $6.99 to $13.99 for a 12-ounce bottle). The Mama Pearl line (her full name is Pearl Messiah) includes a very hot savory green sauce, a red sauce, and a new one called Fresa that’s sweet and mild, made with strawberries. Next to come is a Hawaiian sauce. Amid the thousands of hot sauces, there’s room for more. Available at America’s Food Basket, 500 Geneva Ave., Dorchester, 617-282-8600, and Met Food, 1650 Main St., Brockton, 508-510-3085, or go to www.mamapearlhotsauce.com. RACHEL TRAVERS

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