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Old 03-31-2007, 10:01 PM   #1
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http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/30/bu...&ex=1175486400

The McIlhenny Company, the maker of Tabasco, is one of the country's biggest hot sauce makers. Its fiery condiment has become so popular that its name is a generic term for hot sauce. Less known is that the family has weathered storms, both personal and economic, to keep the business going since its founding more than 130 years ago.
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Old 04-01-2007, 12:28 PM   #2
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We are part owners in some swamp land in LA (Vermilion Parish) and according to the maps much of the adjacent land is owned by the McIlhenny family. I have always assumed that these are the same folks that make Tabasco sauce.

The land is not worth much unless they strike oil on it, then we will all be tycoons.
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Old 04-01-2007, 12:41 PM   #3
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My ex-GF was from LA. I remember driving past the factory on the way to her home.
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Our annual trips to Mexico have introduced us more variety in hot sauces. Now we use Huichal in MX or Tony Romas Hot Sauce from Costco up north.
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heh heh heh - a little local branding - used LSU Tiger Sauce a lot.

You can even find it in Kansas City - if the market is a big one.

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Tabasco sauce doesn't even use tabasco peppers. Go figure.

I've taken a greater liking to the flavor of habanero. My BiL makes some awesome habanero beef jerky.

I can't handle many of the habanero sauces direct but mix them into sauces or soups. But my current bottle of habanero is diluted with carrots and I can handle it directly sprinkled on food (until I get a piece of pepper caught somewhere...whooo!).
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Tobasco sauce doesn't even use tobasco peppers. Go figure.

I've taken a greater liking to the flavor of habanero. My BiL makes some awesome habanero beef jerky.

I can't handle many of the habanero sauces direct but mix them into sauces or soups. But my current bottle of habanero is diluted with carrots and I can handle it directly sprinkled on food (until I get a piece of pepper caught somewhere...whooo!).
What peppers do they use then?
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Old 04-02-2007, 08:31 PM   #8
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What peppers do they use then?
Hmmm, er....um....

I could've sworn I recently read something that said that, but I sure can't find it now, and I can find several things saying they are tabasco peppers (which I initially misspelled...man I'm a fountain of wisdom tonight).
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A veritable suppository of wisdom... :P
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Hmmm, er....um....

I could've sworn I recently read something that said that, but I sure can't find it now, and I can find several things saying they are tabasco peppers (which I initially misspelled...man I'm a fountain of wisdom tonight).
thats ok. I was just curious. Im really into hot sauces and wondered if you knew something I didnt!
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Check here for pepper history: http://www.tabasco.com/tabasco_history/hot_pepper.cfm

They offer tours of the plant at Avery island... I took the tour about 3 years ago... it was a Sunday and the plant was not working but it still was interesting.

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Took the tour a couple of weeks ago and got my free mini bottles of Tabasco sauce. The standard Tabasco sauce is made from ripe jalapeņo peppers. Tabasco was chosen as the name for the sauce because the father of the factory owner didn't like the name his son picked. Dad looked at a map of Mexico, saw the Tabasco area, and picked that as the name. Or so the tour guide said.

Gift shop was overpriced. Nice botanical garden tour nearby worth doing.Picture from the gardens:

[img width=750 height=562]http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y73/martham/tripmarch2007245.jpg[/img]
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Interesting event:

http://www.geocities.com/daleeasley/...on_Island.html

In the early morning hours of November 20th, 1980, the drilling rig began to tilt. Not too unusual. The rig was on the soft bottom mud of Lake Peigneur, and the crew was exerting a lot of force as they tried to unstick the drill stem where it had just seized at about 1230 feet depth. Unsticking the drill stem at such a shallow depth should have been fairly easy, but it wasn't. As they tried, the tilt of the rig got worse, leaning two to three feet. Something was badly wrong. The crew decided to release the barges tied to the rig and get off. Shortly afterward, the rig overturned and then disappeared into the lake. A whirlpool one quarter mile in diameter formed, and the entire lake disappeared into a crater formed where the rig had been. Along with it went a second drilling rig located nearby, plus 11 barges and a tug from a canal that had connected the lake to the Gulf of Mexico, 40 acres of Lake Peigneur's Jefferson Island, a house trailer, and more. The canal reversed flow, and a 50-foot waterfall formed where the Gulf water flowed into the crater. Within two days, Lake Peigneur filled back up, and nine of the barges popped back up like toys in a bathtub.
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Martha,

Is that green sauce in your pic? I used to be hot on tabasco, but not anymore, too much vinegar in it. Now I like:

1. Goya hot sauce.
2. Texas Pete (made in NC )



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i like hot sauces but i just tried some "KICK YO ASS SALSA" oooh man my hair is sweating... much toooo hot for my taste
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I find tabasco to be a fine ingredient, but a poor condiment.

Franks red hot sauce is, to me, the perfect condiment sauce. Note I said CONDIMENT.
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Both taste the same to me. I put either on my eggs and potatoes for breakfast.
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Both taste the same to me. I put either on my eggs and potatoes for breakfast.
To me, the Frank's has a lot more overall flavor, the Tabasco more plain heat. Each has their place.

I love all the variety of sauces out there, very different flavors across them. I stay away from the ones that just brag how hot they are. They basically get down to being an ingredient for self-defense pepper spray rather than a compliment to food.

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To me, the Frank's has a lot more overall flavor, the Tabasco more plain heat. Each has their place.

I love all the variety of sauces out there, very different flavors across them. I stay away from the ones that just brag how hot they are. They basically get down to being an ingredient for self-defense pepper spray rather than a compliment to food.

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