Sakaja Wild Wheeland Pepper Sauce

SAKAJA LTD is dedicated to producing the finest products of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Their goal is to capture the indigenous herbs, fruits and vegetables known to the Islands and share them with the world.


SAKAJA Wild Wheeland Pepper Sauce

This review is a result of one of those great connections that we’ve made between a reader of this blog and their favorite hot sauces. We have to thank Tanya Z. for hooking us up with Delano Handfield of SAKAJA Pepper Sauce from the Turks and Caicos Islands. Delano and I spoke by phone, just as he and the Islands were about to get into their “tourist” season (November thru February).

Delano spoke about his passion for creating fresh tasting sauces using local ingredients. If his Wild Wheeland Pepper Sauce is any indication of the flavors and quality Sakaja uses, then they have a winning lineup.


Ingredients: distilled vinegar, citrus, sugar, salt, Scotch Bonnet Peppers, all natural flavoring.

Texture & Appearance: Bright red in color, this slightly thin sauce has some bits of pepper skins and seeds and citrus floating about. It coats the sides of the bottle in a nice clinging kind of way.


Taste Straight Up: Silky sweet at first, the coy, light-hearted flavor belies the fiery heat that lies within it. The sweetness is followed quickly by a full mouth and back of throat burn from the Scotch Bonnet peppers.

Label/Graphics: While their line of 6 sauces sport some varying and colorful labels, there is nothing remarkable here – there is a conch shell between two palm trees, surrounded by an array of citrus fruits. Lemons and limes hint at the light citrus flavor within. It’s pretty clear these are “island style” pepper sauces. (The label I have may be out of date – the website listed no longer functions, and I think Delano told be some new designs are in the works).


Heat Level: Clocking in at 100,000 – 350,000 Scoville Heat Units, the Scotch Bonnet Pepper is similar to its cousin, the Habanero, only with a more sweet, fruity flavor. Which describes this sauce and its heat level almost perfectly. The Scotch Bonnet Pepper is no tame kitty. I do feel the heat level is short-lived though – adding to the sweetness and useful appeal of this sauce.

Final Thoughts: Wild Wheeland Pepper Sauce made for a very hot taco sauce.



I thought it was much better on pizza. I love a sweet-then-heat sauce on my pizzas.


Our Ratings

Heat: Rated 3 out of 5 Stars 3/5 – While certainly not up the the superhots category, the classic taste of the Scotch Bonnet really comes through.

Overall: Rated 4.5 out of 5 Stars 4.5/5 – Deliciously sweet with heat, the great flavor and quality ingredients make this sauce a top pick in our book!


Wild Wheeland Pepper Sauce is one of six sauces created in the Turks and Caicos Islands by SAKAJA LTD. Visit them at http://sakajaltd.com to purchase this and their other sauces. And be sure and tell Delano that HotSauceDaily sent you.

Do you like “island style” hot sauces or pepper sauces? Tell us of your favorites in the Comments below:

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  1. Thank you for your review. I can honestly say I am in-love with this hotsauce.

  2. Brian, you are the man, Thank you for this review i will share this with all of my friends and current customers. Its people like you that helps small businesses succeed. Thank you again.

    Turks and Caicos Islands

  3. I thought this sauce had a pleasant sweetness up front, quickly followed by the rush of heat that made me smile. Thanks Delano for making a great product. We look forward to working with you again soon!

  4. High Rock Heat is definitely one of my favorites. I have never had a hotsauce that made me want more. After finishing a plate of Tilapia Stew I was looking around for something else to eat, just so I could put some hot sauce on it. It is an adrenaline rush for the taste buds!

    1. I have not been brave enough to try SAKAJA’s hotter sauces like High Rock Heat or Ghost, my mom loves High Rock Heat.

  5. My favourite is the High Rock heat. This sauce enhance the flavour of your food. You dont need meat with this hot sauce to make your food taste good. A little goes a long way. Once you try this sauce you won’t want to ever be without it.! yum!

  6. Have you also tasted their Super Hot version with ghost peppers? I might prefer a tad less heat, but the Hot, Medium and Mild do not include the ghost pepper.

    The Super Hot has the most delightfully complex and balanced flavor profile I have ever experienced in a bottled pepper sauce. I brought home either bottles~

    1. No, Darrell, I’ve not had any of their other sauces. But the Super Hot sounds tasty!

      Which of the other flavors did you bring home with you? All of them?

      Thanks for checking in.

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