We really like hot sauce around here. If you asked us what we put hot sauce on, it would probably be easier for us to list what we DON'T put hot sauce on. Tabasco sauce just might be America's favorite hot sauce, and it also happens to be one of ours. Odds are that you've seen it, tried it and probably tried it again.

Derived from the Tabasco pepper and produced on Avery Island in Louisiana, Tabasco is -- as an NPR article memorably described, "To hot sauce what Kleenex is to tissue and Xerox is to copying." However, the history of Tabasco sauce is so hotly contested that Tabasco.com now has a "Myths" page, designed to de-bunk the often misquoted origin story of this vinegary legend.

So, why the debate? Well, before Tabasco Sauce existed, a man by the name of Colonel Maunsel White produced and sold his own "Concentrated Essence of Tobasco Pepper" (note the weird spelling -- this is also a man who sometimes spelled his name with one L and sometimes two). Did Tabasco's inventor Edward McIlhenny steal the recipe? Was it given to him by White? The rumors have gotten so bad, that Tabasco took to their Myths page to officially dispel them. They'll cop to the fact that Maunsel White's sauce appeared on the market four years before McIlhenny's, but a stolen recipe? They wouldn't go that far.

There is no contemporary historical evidence that Edmund McIlhenny knew Maunsel White, much less that he received his peppers or pepper sauce recipe from Maunsel White. Furthermore, we know that White’s and McIlhenny’s recipes were different: White’s recipe, descriptions of which appeared in print on at least two occasions, called for boiling his concoction, whereas McIlhenny never boiled his product, but allowed it to ferment naturally.

Some other fun-facts we learned about Tabasco sauce:

  • When McIlhenny initially bottled his recipe to give to family and friends, he used discarded cologne bottles.
  • Tabasco's hottest sauce is their Habanero, which clocks in at over 7,000 Scoville Heat Units (the original is between 2,500 and 5,000).
  • Tabasco sauce is Kosher!
  • There are about 720 drops of Tabasco sauce in every 2oz. bottle.

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  • Original Tabasco Sauce

    <a href="http://www.tabasco.com/tabasco_tent/pepper_sauce/red_pepper_sauce.cfm" target="_blank">www.tabasco.com</a><br> <b>Heat:</b> 2.8 out of 5<br> <b>Main ingredients:</b> Aged red peppers, vinegar<br> <b>Comments:</b> "Chemical-like taste." "Very vinegary." "Oddly sour."<br> <b>Goes well with:</b> Tex-Mex food, eggs, pizza, seafood<br>

  • Green Tabasco Sauce

    <a href="http://www.tabasco.com/tabasco_tent/pepper_sauce/green_pepper_sauce.cfm" target="_blank">www.tabasco.com</a><br> <b>Heat:</b> 2 out of 5<br> <b>Main ingredients:</b> Jalapeno peppers, vinegar<br> <b>Comments:</b> "Fresh and vegetal." "Fresher and brighter than the original Tabasco." "Bright heat."<br> <b>Goes well with:</b> Fish, beef tacos, burritos, steak, guacamole, salsa<br>

  • Chipotle in Adobo

    <b>Heat:</b> 3.5 out of 5<br> <b>Main ingredients:</b> Smoked jalapeno peppers, tomato paste, vinegar, spices<br> <b>Comments:</b> "Smoky!" "The heat really hits you in the back end." "Great balance of heat and flavor."<br> <b>Goes well with:</b> Enchilada sauces, chili, pork<br>

  • Wasabi

    <b>Heat:</b> 4 out of 5<br> <b>Main ingredients:</b> Horseradish<br> <b>Comments:</b> "Strong horseradish flavor that clears the sinuses." "Overwhelmingly horseradish-y."<br> <b>Goes well with:</b> Sushi, cooked salmon<br>

  • Sriracha

    <b>Heat:</b> 3.1 out of 5<br> <b>Main ingredients:</b> Chili peppers, vinegar, garlic<br> <b>Comments:</b> "Nice roasted pepper flavor." "Good Asian zip."<br> <b>Goes well with:</b> Eggs, roasted vegetables, pizza, stir-fry, bibimbap ... anything!<br>

  • Madras Curry Paste

    <b>Heat:</b> 2.3 out of 5<br> <b>Main ingredients:</b> Coriander, tamarind, turmeric, chile pepper<br> <b>Comments:</b> "This would add classic Indian flavor to anything you add it to." "Many layers of spices." "Lemony and almost floral." "Delicious, but not a lot of bite."<br> <b>Goes well with:</b> Stews, chicken, curries<br>

  • Frank's Red Hot

    <a href="http://www.franksredhot.com/" target="_blank">www.franksredhot.com</a><br> <b>Heat:</b> 2.8 out of 5<br> <b>Main ingredients:</b> Aged cayenne red peppers, vinegar<br> <b>Comments:</b> "Tastes just like Buffalo wings." "Mild heat with a vinegar tang." "Salty and savory." <br> <b>Goes well with:</b> Chicken wings, creamy dips, baked beans, fries (Their motto is <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdqwWo13pyw" target="_blank">"I put that ____ on everything."</a>)<br>

  • Pickapeppa

    <a href="http://www.pickapeppa.com/" target="_blank">www.pickapeppa.com</a><br> <b>Heat:</b> 2 out of 5<br> <b>Main ingredients:</b> Tomatoes, onions, sugar, vinegar, mangoes, raisins, tamarinds, peppers and spices<br> <b>Comments:</b> "Surprisingly sweet." "Nice sweetness with a hint of spice." "Not so hot, but it's got a complex, sweet-sour flavor."<br> <b>Goes well with:</b> Grilled meat, barbecued chicken, roast chicken, cream cheese<br>

  • Harissa

    <b>Heat:</b> 3.5 out of 5<br> <b>Main ingredients:</b> Chili peppers, serrano peppers, garlic paste, coriander, red chili powder, caraway<br> <b>Comments:</b> "Tastes like bitter spices." "Spicy with no real discernible flavor." "Pure heat." "Ouch."<br> <b>Goes well with:</b> Meat or fish stews, couscous, chickpeas, in sandwiches<br>

  • Crystal Hot Sauce

    <a href="http://www.baumerfoods.com/" target="_blank">www.baumerfoods.com</a><br> <b>Heat:</b> 1.7 out of 5<br> <b>Main ingredients:</b> Cayenne peppers, vinegar<br> <b>Comments:</b> "This is like a watered-down version of Frank's Red Hot." "Weak and watery." <br> <b>Goes well with:</b> Shellfish, chicken wings<br>

  • Hot Chinese Mustard

    <b>Heat:</b> 1.8 out of 5<br> <b>Main ingredients:</b> Vinegar, mustard seeds<br> <b>Comments:</b> "Not pungent, but nice heat." "Sharp flavor."<br> <b>Goes well with:</b> Egg rolls, sausage, sandwiches<br>

  • Louisiana Hot Sauce

    <a href="http://www.louisianapepper.com/" target="_blank">www.louisianapepper.com</a><br> <b>Heat:</b> 2.2 out of 5<br> <b>Main ingredients:</b> Long cayenne peppers, vinegar<br> <b>Comments:</b> "Thick and peppery." "Tomatoey, but nice kick."<br> <b>Goes well with:</b> Fried seafood, po' boys, eggs, gumbo<br>

  • Jerk Sauce

    <b>Heat:</b> 1.7 out of 5<br> <b>Main ingredients:</b> Cane vinegar, cane sugar, scallions, tomato paste, hot peppers, thyme<br> <b>Comments:</b> "Really nice sweetness, and not too spicy." "Overwhelming juniper flavor." "Tangy but not so hot."<br> <b>Goes well with:</b> Grilled fish, chicken<br>

  • Heinz Chili Sauce

    <a href="http://www.heinzchilisauce.com/" target="_blank">www.heinzchilisauce.com</a><br> <b>Heat:</b> Almost undetectable<br> <b>Main ingredients:</b> Tomato puree, vinegar, onions, spice<br> <b>Comments:</b> "Little discernible difference from ketchup." "Maybe too sweet, but good chili flavor." <br> <b>Goes well with:</b> Cocktail meatballs, French fries, eggs, and it makes a good shrimp cocktail sauce base<br>

  • Thai Sweet Chili Sauce

    <b>Heat:</b> Almost undetectable<br> <b>Main ingredients:</b> Sugar, chili, vinegar, garlic<br> <b>Comments:</b> "Tastes like sweet and sour sauce." "Sweet and less spicy than I expected."<br> <b>Goes well with:</b> Chicken, fried fish, egg rolls, Asian dishes, fries<br>

  • Texas Pete's Hot Sauce

    <a href="http://www.texaspete.com/" target="_blank">www.texaspete.com</a><br> <b>Heat:</b> 1.7 out of 5<br> <b>Main ingredients:</b> 3 peppers, vinegar<br> <b>Comments:</b> "Bright and fresh." "Not too much flavor, and relatively neutral heat." "Good standard heat."<br> <b>Goes well with:</b> Tortilla chips, fried chicken, chicken wings<br>

  • Thai Red Curry Paste

    <b>Heat:</b> 1.8 out of 5<br> <b>Main ingredients:</b> Red chili, garlic, onion, lemon grass, galangal, Kaffir lime peel, coriander, cumin<br> <b>Comments:</b> "Tastes more like 'spice' than 'heat.'" "Herbal." "The kick takes a few seconds to emerge."<br> <b>Goes well with:</b> Tomato sauces, stews, seafood, thai curries, stir-fries, soups<br>