Now Dat’s Some Nice Sauce

Now Dat’s Some Nice Sauce

Your arrival at our website means you have likely come here looking to purchase delicious Datil Pepper Sauce! Then again, maybe you are searching for information about beautiful Saint Augustine, Florida or you are interested in learning more about the Minorcan community, the current decendants of the original Mediterranean settlers who came to St. Augustine in the 1700s. Whatever the reason, you are here and we’re glad you found us!  If you are here for any of the previously mentioned reasons, we hope to answer all your questions during your visit and provide you with a wide array of information about St. Augustine, the Minorcan population here and especially to introduce you to the amazing datil pepper and our awesome Datil Pepper sauces and products.  If you love that sweet hot tang of the Datil, you’re going to love our spicy sauces…and Dat’s Nice!  We have four gourmet pepper sauce flavors currently with new items planned for the near future.  Our delectable varieties include: Datil Pepper BBQ Sauce Datil Pepper Mango Sauce Datil Pepper Chickin Dippin Sauce and our Original, Dat’s Nice Datil Pepper Sauce We use only the finest, datil peppers; only those we grow ourselves, and we’ve been cooking and making our pepper sauces for over 16 years. It is something we just love to do.  A passion for pepper sauces, who can beat that?!  What is even more rewarding is making our high quality dipping sauces, grilling sauces, hot pepper sauces and whatever else you can think to use them for sauces available to everyone who appreciates the wonderful flavor of the datil pepper.  So bookmark our site, tell your family and friends and visit us often to maintain your stock of pepper sauces. Our sauces are perfect for use in the home for everyday meals, but we also make produce our datil pepper sauces for retailers and restaurants too.  If you are a business in love with the Dat’s Nice brand of spicy sauces, we are ready to keep your tables and shelves stocked with all of our pepper...

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The Datil Pepper And Saint Augustine, Florida

The Datil Pepper And Saint Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine, Florida is the nation’s oldest city and it will celebrate its 450th birthday in 2015. Originally inhabited by the Timucuan Indian and colonized by the Spanish, named after Augustine of Hippo, the area is rich in history with many of the original buildings and forts still standing as they are historical tourist attractions today. St Augustine saw early exploration from native Americans, Puerto Rico, France, England and Great Britain, along with visits by vagabond pirates, apprentices, investors and those eccentric rich, and it is the historical landmarks and artifacts that are the mode which tell all about the city’s storied past. St. Augustine has been home to a wide range of cultures, but none with the longevity as the Minorcan heritage from the Mediterranean and the Island of Minorca. Many stories have been told, some fabricated, as to the arrival of the Minorcans in Florida, but lore has it that Minorcan families were recruited to travel to Florida as settlers, but wound up being indentured servants to colonize the area known as New Smyrna. The conditions there were not as promised to the people, who rebelled and walked close to 70 miles to St. Augustine. The families and their descendants have stayed in St. Augustine through all the subsequent changes of flags, to become the venerable families of the community, marking it with language, culture, cuisine and customs. From Spanish settlement to British decree to an American state of the union, St. Augustine’s antiquity and varied ethnic influences are evident in its roads, architecture and the people who call it home. St. Augustine’s historic locations and galleries are great places to learn more about the past and character of this unique city.   The Datil Pepper Along with the area’s Minorcan ancestry also comes the story of the Datil pepper plants. Many people in other parts of the country have never even heard of the Datil pepper, yet it has been a part of the St. Augustine cuisine since the 1700s. As a mainstay, the plants are not grown anywhere else in the US. Some say the plants are indigenous to the St. Augustine climate. It has been said that there are records that confirm the plants were brought to the area by a Cuban jelly maker, but since there is no way to validate the true origin of the pepper in St. Augustine today, we’ll just accept the fact that the Datil has become a signature ingredient in local Minorcan cuisine and is still served area-wide today. There are quite a number of local families who trace their heritage to the original Minorcan settlers; many of who grow the Datil pepper and make fantastic food products with them. From sauces to jellies, spices to pickles, baked beans, chowders, peanuts and even vinegar, the Datil pepper has become quite versatile to the area’s cuisine, the Datil pepper adds a sweet-hot, spicy tang to whatever it is used to flavor. So what makes the Datil Pepper unique? Datils are similar in strength to Habaneros peppers but have a sweeter, mellower flavor. Their level of fieriness can be anywhere from 100,000 to 300,000 Scoville units which...

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Cooking with Datil Pepper Sauces

Cooking with Datil Pepper Sauces

If you have always been one of those kind of people… You know who we’re talking about! The one who loves flaming-hot food… then let’s talk Datil peppers! Although Datil peppers are not the hottest fruit in the bowl, they are ‘on fire’ for those who love to savor the sweet heat of the perfect yellow gem. Information that is available for those who want to cook with the Datil pepper advises to take precautions when cutting them; to wear rubber gloves because the capsicum oil the peppers contain quickly penetrates the skin and lingers long after washing. Amazing! So why would you want to risk days afterward of possible whoops when using your hands near your eyes or other sensitive areas?  If you love to cook and you love the spicy-sweet flavor of the Datil pepper, we’ve taken all the Uh-Oh out of handling the raw peppers; through years of blending and taste-testing, basting and cooking, we’ve come up with four of the very best Datil pepper sauces to satisfy any tastebuds. There’s Dat’s Nice Original Datil Pepper Sauce that is  exceptional for seafood cooking, but it also makes fantastic meatloaf, burgers, sausage and chicken. Next, Dat’s Nice Datil Pepper BBQ Sauce makes the best  barbequed chicken, wings and pork plus it is excellent as a dipping sauce, too. Maybe you are trying to cut back on beef and pork, but you love your chicken; our Dat’s Nice Datil Pepper Chickin Dippin Sauce can be used to marinate chicken or fish, baste before grilling, is great in salads…and super for dippin chickin! Our newest edition is the Dat’s Nice Datil Pepper Mango Sauce with an extra zippy tang… the fruit-sweet savor of the mango. Use this to roast chicken or pork, ribs and so much more.  We plan to share some awesome recipes with you of things we love to cook using our sauces. Check out our Recipe Section, too because we will be adding more and more great recipes all the time. One of our favorite ways to use any of the four flavors of Dat’s Nice Sauces is for basting foods when cooking on the grill. Each distinctive flavor gives the planned dinner food the unique seasoning of its own plus the sauce also helps the meat, poultry or fish retain many of its natural juices keeping the food tender and juicy. Grilling with Dat’s Nice sauces makes spectacular vegetables and kabobs, too. Keep a bottle with you every time you grill because there’s simply no limit to all you can use our sauces on when cooking. Whether it’s your basic weekday dinner or if you are throwing a big backyard party, our sauces will spice up every meal. From the tastiest burgers to delicious  seafoods, our sauces will have everyone saying, ‘Ah, Dat’s Nice!’ Cooking Dat’s Nice Style We love cooking and trying new recipes all the time. The only thing better than the actual cooking (and eating our finished masterpieces) is sharing our really great recipes with you. Here is a twist on an old classic: Tangy Grilled Datil Pepper BBQ Wings ♦  4 Pounds Wings (about 24 Chicken wings, cut apart, tips discarded. We place wings and 1 cup Datil Pepper BBQ Sauce in a large zip lock back and refrigerate over night) ♦  Dat’s Nice Datil Pepper BBQ Sauce The red ripe tomatoes, brown sugar,...

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Bottling Of The Pepper Sauces

Bottling Of The Pepper Sauces

After a few years of making our pepper sauces and sharing with friends and family, we finally decided to pick the pepper and look for a company who could make our spicy sauces, then bottle and label it for us. Many considerations had to be thought through before choosing one co-packer. Are they credible? How closely will they work with us? Do they have a minimum order? …and, how close will their version of our datil pepper sauce taste to our prized possession? Yet even with all the researching, checking and double-checking…then tasting and retasting, it was likely the most exciting day when we finally saw our Original Dat’s Nice Datil Pepper Sauce being put into jars and watched as the bottles moved along the conveyor to be labeled, capped and ready to be packed in their cases.  Since that glorious day when we watched our first bottling of our pepper sauces, dipping sauces and grilling sauces come to fruition at Endorphin Farms in St. Augustine, Florida, we have grown in many ways plus we’ve expanded the business adding the newest hot pepper sauces, Datil Pepper BBQ Sauce, Datil Pepper Chickin Dippin Sauce,  Datil Pepper Mango Sauce, Datil Pepper Mango Salsa, and our latest, Datil Pepper Hotter-n-Hell Sauce.     Considering all there is to make sure about when deciding to bottle a product, one must keep in mind that the co-packer has all the right licenses with the health department, the State and Federal Departments of Agriculture and that their system prevents air from entering the flow path as bottling is occuring. Additionally, as a small Artisan I wanted someone who would be gentle with my pepper sauces and treat it as I would in my own kitchen. I needed a co-packer who would: • Cook my pepper sauces and match my recipe to a tee • Fill the bottles and apply my labels • Heat shrink a safety seal on the bottle • Print a best-by date on the bottle • Box the bottles We have been very fortunate to have located Endorphin Farms right here in our own St. Augustine backyard, plus we were also blessed to locate our label designer, as well — DesignByTerri— who has dressed our bottles with labels that match our product. We love giving credit where credit is due because without these fine folks, we wouldn’t be here. Today we currently bottle the 12 ounce size, 5 ounce size, and we’re expanding into gift packs and plus gallon jugs of select hot pepper sauces. Co-branding is also our newest endeavor and this works very well with the 5 ounce jars. Our concept is simple: purchase the necessary numbers of dipping sauce, grilling sauce or original pepper sauce in 5oz bottles with our joint branded labels and then stock up with our gallon jugs to refill the jars. If you are a restauranteur, caterer, chef, grillmaster or anyone who does a lot of cooking for many people, this can be a great way to either sell our pepper sauces in your establishment with a joint co-branding or use the hot pepper sauces to cook with and supply to your customers at their tables (just like ketsup, but better) so they can enjoy any one of our four sauces with your scrumtious menu enteree’. We have new plans for the future for Datil Pepper dressings, condiments and jams all of which...

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Local Datil Pepper Grower

Local Datil Pepper Grower

Propogation We started growing datil peppers locally in St. Augustine, Florida around 2007. Originally it all began as a family endeavor for use on our own foods, but as friends tasted the yummy original pepper sauce it was almost as if they were daring us to bottle and share. …and so we began Dat’s Nice Datil Pepper Sauce, growing the datil peppers on our own property; weeks of germination, babying, feeding, watering (singing to… ah nix that one) and nurturing rows of datil pepper plants just so we can bring you our finest datil pepper sauces. It all starts with the datil pepper seed. We begin to see buds in as little as a few weeks! Three weeks later, there are small buds all over the plants. Each one of those buds will eventually become a pepper! The plants grow steadily. They love the sunshine and need plenty of water. We get them started and boost with liquid plant food, feeding them every 2 or 3 weeks. Datil pepper plants will grow up to 5 feet tall! They love sunshine and plenty of water; otherwise they are pretty simple to grow and oh so good. One day on a dare, we decided to look at what it would really take to bottle our own hot pepper sauces. After all the investigation, we rolled out Dat’s Nice Original Datil Pepper Sauce, followed by Chickin Dippin, BBQ and our most recent addition, Dat’s Nice Mango Sauce…our sauces have been the hit of the party ever since. Local Fare We are St. Augustine residents and have been all of our lives. We sell our pepper sauces through a network of festivals, markets, shops and restaurants in the area because we support our local community and believe in buying local. Unlike the produce that is grown in other countries with pesticides, herbicides and who knows what else, then picked a minimum of 10 days and up to 21 days prior to making its way to our groceries, our datil peppers are farm fresh, and are not treated with chemicals, pesticides or toxins. Through the marvel of the Internet and our now blessed ability to bring you this website, we can make our hot pepper sauces available to you wherever you are. We pride ourselves in the gourmet quality of our products. We also like to boast our newest credentials, NO HFCS, NO GMO and NO Gluten; we look forward to reaching many via our store so you too can savor the delectable goodness of Dat’s Nice Hot Sauce.                                              ...

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