Texans really go for condiments that combine intense sweet with intense heat. This type of sauce is incorporated in Texas cooking in pretty much everything from meat marinades to appetizers. And why not? Sugars and spices mix perfectly with new types of hot sauces like jalapeno jelly, ketchup-based chili sauce, and various horseradish sauces found in today’s Texas cooking.
Texas cooks probably use more Louisiana hot sauce than even Louisiana itself. The grandpa of all hot sauces, and another Louisiana product, Tabasco, has seen to be used in almost any Texas food recipe at one time or another. Many recipes call for Tabasco specifically, because of its distinctive taste.
Tabasco is made by The Mcillenny Company. They take Tabasco peppers, found only in small areas of Louisiana, and mash and age them in oak barrels, just like whiskey. The mash is combined with vinegar just before bottling.