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Who invented hot sauce? What ingredients are in hot sauce?
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Richard Level 79 / Retired Dentist
Answered 7 years ago
Food scholars believe American Indians used hot sauce to preserve meats in the late 1400s. There’s also evidence that cooks during the Middle Ages may have used hot sauces made with cloves, long pepper, vinegar and burnt bread.
Edmund McIlhenny, the Hagerstown native, invented Tabasco sauce. Which now has 27% of the hot sauce market.
Fully-aged red pepper, high grain all-natural vinegar, and a small amount of salt are the main ingredients.
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tutul Level 3 / engineer
Answered 7 years ago
"Tabasco" sauce is the first brand of hot sauce made from tabasco peppers (Capsicum frutescens var. tabasco), vinegar, and salt, and aged in white oak barrels for three years. It has a hot, spicy flavor and is popular in many parts of the world.Tabasco is trademarked as the brand name for the variety of tabasco sauce marketed by one of the United States' biggest makers of hot sauce, the McIlhenny Company of Avery Island, Louisiana. Often, the word "tabasco" is rendered in lowercase when referring to the botanical variety, but in uppercase, "Tabasco," when referring to the actual trademarked brand name. While there are many other kinds of "hot pepper sauce" on the market

Born in 1815 in Hagerstown, Maryland, Edmund McIlhenny moved around 1840 to Louisiana, where he worked as a banker. When he was ruined financially by the American Civil War, friends and family suggested that he enter a new trade by marketing a pepper sauce that he had originally developed for his own table.

Following this advice, McIlhenny grew his first crop of commercial tabasco peppers on Avery Island in 1868, and he sold his first sauce made from this crop in 1869.

In 1870 McIlhenny obtained letters patent for his invention, which he packaged in cork-top two-ounce bottles with diamond logo labels very similar in appearance to those in present-day use. According to family tradition, McIlhenny had used recycled cologne bottles when bottling his sauce for his own table. Regardless, he used brand new cologne bottles when he began to sell it commercially.

McIlhenny first sold his sauce primarily along the Gulf Coast of the southern U.S., particularly in New Orleans, the nearest major city. By the mid-1870s he had introduced Tabasco sauce to most major U.S. cities, and by the end of the decade he was exporting the product to Europe and elsewhere in limited quantities.

For more information about the invention history and inventor, inventor-companies,brands and first marketing of "Hot sauce" or "Hot Pepper souce" products visit the source of my answer

Now for the ingredients ,as you know, hot sauce, chili sauce, or pepper sauce refer to any spicy sauce made from chili peppers and other ingredients. There are many varieties around the world.

There are countless recipes for chili sauces, and the only thing they share in common is the use of chili peppers. The peppers are infused in anything from vinegar, oil, and alcohol to fruits and vegetable pulp. Additional ingredients are often used, including, on occasions, those used to add extra heat, such as pure capsaicin extract and mustards
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Answered 7 years ago

Since some people have already answered, I thought I would post that. It's a good site if you want to learn anything else about hot sauce.
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