No matter where you're dining, a bottle of hot sauce is likely close at hand. Cuisines around the world use forms of the condiment to spice up everything from fermented cabbage to chicken wings. Despite its global footprint, hot sauce was missing from tables beyond Central and South America for most of human history. It wasn't until the 15th century that the hot pepper was set on a course for world domination.
In the latest episode of Food History, host Justin Dodd explores the spicy history of hot sauce. If you've ever wondered who invented Tabasco sauce, or what Scoville Heat Units really measure, check out the video below.
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