North Carolina-Texas Pete-January 2

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-January 2
I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special.

The third most popular hot sauce in the United States is called Texas Pete. Texas Pete was invented in North Carolina. I found that fact interesting.


The the top two hot sauces are Tabasco and Frank’s Red Hot. Franks is made in New Iberia, LA and is actually the top seller according to Bloomsberg Business but it is really close between the two.

One of Frank’s claims to fame is that it was the hot sauce used in the original Buffalo Wings in Buffalo, N.Y. Today it accounts for 19 percent of total of the $227 million hot sauce market in the U.S.



Tabasco is made in Avery Island, Louisiana. The McIllhenny Co. of Avery Island, La., has been making Tabasco (from Tabasco peppers, vinegar, and salt) since 1868, when Edmund McIllhenny first started selling his spicy sauce.


According to the Scoville scale—which measures the heat of a chili pepper—Frank’s RedHot Original scores only 450 heat units (on a scale from 0 to 16 million), Tabasco original ranks between 2,500 and 5,000, and Texas Pete hits 747. (A Sweet Bell pepper is a zero. A crystal of capsaicin, the active component in chili peppers, which can produce adverse physical effects, scores 16 million.)

Texas Pete, which is owned by privately held T.W. Garner Food, was founded by Thad Garner in 1929 in Winston-Salem, N.C. The brand accounts for almost 8 percent of the total U.S. hot sauce market.

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