McIlhenny Company (Tabasco Sauce)


The McIlhenny family has manufactured its sauce in basically the same way since 1868. The primary ingredient is the hot pepper, which is hand-picked when its color matches the red paint on a small wooden dowel that workers carry in the field. But a lesser known ingredient requires the technical assistance of mining engineers: Avery Island salt. The salt dome known as Avery Island is said to be as deep as Mount Everest is high and consists of the salt that was left when an ocean covering what is now Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi dried up. The salt mine on this island is said to be the first of its type in the Western Hemisphere.

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Fun Fact:Tabasco brand pepper sauce was first bottled in ladies' cologne bottles, to which Edmund McIlhenny affixed a sprinkler. He obtained a process patent for his sauce in 1870 and, by 1872, demand was so hot that the corked bottles sealed with green wax were no longer an efficient method of packaging and were replaced by bottles with metal tops.
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