Anyone who knows me knows that I carry hot sauce in my purse in a “hot sauce emergency” (as in someone may not have). From last Friday I may have to change brands.
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I love when someone has a vision and takes action to make their dream come true! This local entrepreneur from Asbury Park is no exception. Meet Neil Narcisse, an improvised and self-taught chef and the creator of the new local favorite hot sauce known as Shore Sauce! To look for Frank’s because we already want to put this all-natural hot sauce on EVERYTHING!
Neil stopped by our live Friday show on the legendary Asbury Park promenade to show us his creation. I talked about the fact that if the food doesn’t hurt, I don’t want to eat it … in other words, the spicier the better! Well, Neil has developed an all-natural hot sauce that has great flavor and just the right amount of heat. This all happened because Neil was hungry one night and, luck or coincidence, he ran out of hot sauce.
The sandwich was done … now it was time for the finishing touches … and not a drop of hot sauce in the house. Desperate times call for desperate measures, so Neil thinks fast … he went to the back of the house and plucked some of his mother’s hot peppers. Then he Google searched for the main ingredients in hot sauces and started mixing a combination of ingredients. Drawing on his Haitian origins, Neil began tinkering with recipes until he found the right combinations for his flavor profile.
Flavors available on www.Shoresauce.com
Raw mango and honey and habanero
Pineapple and habanero apple cider vinegar
Sunset with fresno and habanero
They even sell all three in a nice gift box.
You know this wise proverb, “Necessity is the mother of invention”. I’m super glad Neil ran out of hot sauce that night because now he’s on to something awesome! He placed second in an international hot sauce competition! There are many local places behind his stellar product which you can find online or at local stores in Asbury Park like Salt Water Market, Cookman Creamery, Wacky Tobaccy, Talking Heads Barber Shop, Dutch Hill Farm Market and From The Garden Gift Shop at Freehold.
Neil says he feels grateful and that all of this hard work is starting to pay off, he is proud and excited for the future. Love your local and try Shore sauce to spice up your life!