From Mozambique to South Africa
On a trip to Mozambique in 2011, I discovered the mouth watering flavours of Mozambique Piri Piri sauce. I decided to make my own version of what I had tasted and bring the flavour of Mozambique back to South Africa with me. Over the years I developed my own versions of this delicious piri piri sauce along with a wide range of chilli sauces all under the SPAIS brand.
Mozambique Piri Piri is so different.
Mozambique Piri Piri is something that is readily available in Mozambique and comes in many different shapes, sizes and flavours. There is always someone waiving a bottle of it at you on the side of the road. Mozambique Pirir Piri varies a lot and can be lethally hot and mild at times depending on who has made it. It is a very freely made sauce among the people in Mozambique.
Every bottle that I tried had a distinctly unique flavour that I could not get enough of. I poured it over chips, chicken, prawns, you name it and I had Mozambique Piri Piri with it. I longed for the sauce after devouring my last bottle on returning to South Africa. It wasn’t long before I had a basic recipe worked out and had the neighbors mouths watering as I sat down to braai my Mozambique Piri Piri basted chicken.
Making My Own Hot Sauce
It took a few years to finally get the chili sauce brand going. Just before Christmas 2015 I decided to make my brother a chili sauce hamper for Christmas and was initially going to buy different chili sauces. After some thought I decided to test all my chili sauce recipes and make the hamper myself. I had so much fun in the process that a week later I launched SPAIS Chilli Sauce range of hot sauces.
It all happened rather quickly from that point onward. From the initial idea in 2011 to actually making, developing, bottling and branding at the end of 2015.
The SPAIS Chilli Sauce Range
The SPAIS motto is “The Art of Chili Sauce” and we live by that. There are currently six tasty SPAIS flavours available.
Mozambique Piri Piri as mentioned above is a mild chilli sauce with distinct Mozambican flavours. It is my personal favorite and the favourite of most of our loyal SPAIS customers. In keeping to our motto of
The Art of Chilli Sauce there is our Devil Chilli Sauce which is definitely hot enough to make you sweat! It is the second hottest sauce in the SPAIS range. The Devil Chilli Sauce is made with a delicious combination of African Birds Eye chilli’s and Durban spices that enhance the final taste sensation of this delicious extra hot sauce.
Some Different Flavours
Our Chilli Mint Sauce which as the name suggests is a chilli sauce infused with mint. It is mild and refreshing in flavour bringing a very different set of unique, cool flavours to the table. Chilli and fresh mint combined result in the most intriguing flavour experience. It is mouth watering. It may seem a strange combination at first but trust me, it is divine!
The Tangy Green Jalapeno Sauce is fresh and crispy in flavour. It goes really well with avocado on toast, pork rashers and pork roast. It even goes well on apple and salad. The uses are endless. It is light in flavour compared to the rest of the SPAIS Chilli Sauce Range with a very subtle hint of ginger.
The AFRO CHILLI SAUCE was only just released in 2017. The name “Afro Chilli Sauce” has been tucked away for a few years already.
After a trip to Komatipoort (a town near the Kruger National Park) in January 2017 we decided to go with a new recipe. The first batch sat in the fridge for a while before my mom tasted it and insisted I release the new flavour.
It now is one of the top selling and most popular of the SPAIS hot sauce range. It is very hot (shisa) and made with a combination of different local hot peppers. It is a chunky sauce with a distinct African flavour and offers a unique chilli experience.
The Smoked Chilli Sauce is made using ingredients that are cold smoked. The smoke flavour we produce is unique to the South African Braai (Barbeque) technique. We use locals wood and coal to smoke our chilies and other ingredients. It has a subtle delicate smoked flavour and is best enjoyed on Boerewors Rolls, burgers and with Braai Vleis (Braai Meat).
Our purpose at the SPAIS Chilli Sauce Company is to produce a healthy, tasty range of chilli sauce that are free from added preservatives, sugar free and made from natural ingredients. We use cold pressed extra virgin olive oil instead of other unhealthy cheaper oils.
The SPAIS chilli sauce range is banting friendly, low carb and diabetic friendly. No milk products, alcohol or animal products are used in the manufacturing of SPAIS Chilli Sauce and so it is also suitable for anyone that is lactose intolerant, halal or Vegan.