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Taste of the Caribbean: Singing Praises to Grace Jamaican Ketchup

Taste of the Caribbean: Singing Praises to Grace Jamaican Ketchup
Grace Jamaican Ketchup/SBPR

You may have never set foot in Jamaica, but if you know great reggae, then you’ve probably already sung the praises of Grace Jamaican Ketchup. With just a few lines in his early-80’s hit Mad Over Me, Yellowman elevated the simple condiment to iconic Caribbean cultural status. You know the words

One thing with dem when them get hungry
Dis is what they say to me, I like my hot hot hotdog
With what? Grace Jamaican Ketchup
I like my hot hamburger
With what? Grace Jamaican Ketchup
Fish and chips and chicken and chips and almost everything nice with chips
Macaroni, rice and peas you lick you lips
Lots of ketchup please
Grace Jamaican Ketchup
Grace Jamaican Ketchup

I’d known the song for years (and actually always thought the lyric was fresh Jamaican ketchup), but never enjoyed the stuff ’til visiting the Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort in Montego Bay two years ago. I usually stick to the local cuisine on my travels – e.g.: hole in the wall roadside eateries like Scotchie’s, just a stone’s throw from the resort – but as I kept hearing other guests praising the quality of the burgers down on the pool deck, I just had to give it a try.

On their own, the burgers were nice. Adding the Grace Jamaican Ketchup, though, made ’em amazing!

The secret to the special ketchup is printed right on the label – Grace adds local spices and hot peppers, giving a nice kick to this normally staid condiment. Thankfully for soft mouths like mine, they don’t go overboard. Not too hot and not too spicy, Grace Jamaican Ketchup is the perfect balance of fire and flavor.

If you want to add a taste of Jamaica to your summer cook-out, click here to order a bottle online. Trust me, everyone at your next BBQ will be ‘Mad Over You’ if you do…

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