People have used chili peppers and other hot spices for thousands of years and that has carried on into modern day society in the form of Hot Sauce. Hot Sauce is used in a variety of ways and depending on its flavor, can be used in many different applications. From being added to various sauces to being drizzled directly on top of food, to even being used in some forward thinking desserts, hot sauce is one of the many most versatile condiments on the market.
People love hot sauce because of its “heat” or spice. How a respective hot sauce’s “heat” is graded is based on the Scoville Scale. Developed in 1912 by American pharmacist Wilbur Scoville, it is a measure of the pungency or heat index of a chili pepper or other spicy foods. While everyone’s taste and tolerances for heat are different, it is not an exact unit of measure, however will give a person a good indication of how hot they should expect a particular pepper or sauce to be.
Hot Sauce certainly has its place in modern society and below is a list of some of the more well-known and popular brands of hot sauce and their place on the Scoville Heat Scale.
1. Tabasco Original
Developed in 1848 by Edmund McIlhenny, Tabasco is widely considered America original hot sauce. Tobasco was started in Avery Island Louisiana where it is still manufactured to this day. Comprised of just tobacco peppers, vinegar and salt, many complain that while tobacco adds heat to anything it is put on, it often lacks any real taste other than vinegar. Made from the tabasco pepper, it is one of the hottest hot sauces rating 2500-5000 on the Scoville Heat scale.
2. Frank’s Red Hot
Although it was officially released in the marketplace back in 1920, the original Frank’s Red Hot recipe dates back to 1896 and is credited to the Frank Tea and Spice Company based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Frank’s Red Hot is also credited for being the primary ingredient in the original Buffalo Win sauce created by Teressa Bellissimo at the Anchor Bar and Grill in Buffalo, New York back in 1964. Today, Frank’s Red Hot is also used in Wishbone’s new Buffalo Ranch sauce. Frank’s Red Hot is considered another mild-type sauce rating 450 on the Scoville heat scale.
3. Texas Pete
Developed in 1929, despite having “Texas” in its name, Texas Pete was actually not created in Texas. It was created in Winston Salem North Carolina by Sam Garner of the Dixie Pig BBQ. It is said that the customer of the Dixie Pig BBQ requested a spicier sauce with their BBQ and Mr. Garner came up with a concoction that is made up mostly of cayenne peppers. As of 2004, Texas Pete was the third highest selling hot sauce in the world. Texas Peter is considered a mild hot sauce as it rates just 747 on the Scoville heat scale.
4. Crystal Hot Sauce
Said to be the original Louisiana hot sauce, it was created in 1923 by the family owned Baumer Food company who still manufactures it today. It is said that 3 million gallons of Crystal hot sauce in manufactured yearly and is available in over 75 countries. Like many other hot sauces, Crystal’s is made from aged cayenne peppers, vinegar and salt. It rates 2,000 – 4,000 on the Scoville heat scale.