Frank's RedHot

Frank's RedHot is a hot sauce made from a variety of cayenne peppers, produced by McCormick & Company. The Original blend ranks low on the Scoville scale, with 450 SHUs, but the XTRA Hot variety measures 2,000 SHUs.[1][2]

Frank's RedHot
Product typeHot sauce
OwnerMcCormick & Company
CountryUnited States
Introduced1920 (1920)
Previous ownersReckitt Benckiser
Heat Low
Scoville scale450 SHU


The Frank Tea and Spice Company was founded in 1896 in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1917, owner Jacob Frank contracted for the Estilette Pepper Farm in Louisiana where Adam Estilette and Frank became business partners. They mixed spices, vinegar, garlic and cayenne peppers and aged them, creating the original blend of Frank's RedHot, which entered the market in 1920.[3]

Frank's RedHot is the primary ingredient in many Buffalo wing recipes, but was probably not used in the original 1964 Anchor Bar recipe.[4][5]

In 1977, Frank's RedHot was sold to Durkee Famous Foods.[3] Following the purchase of the Durkee brand in 1995, it was owned by Reckitt Benckiser until 2017. Frank's is produced in Springfield, Missouri. In 2007, Thanasi Foods began marketing licensed Frank's RedHot flavored beef jerky and meat snacks. In August 2017, spice maker McCormick & Company closed a $4.2 billion deal that included French's mustard and Frank's RedHot sauce.[6]


Frank's RedHot is known for its national television ad campaign depicting an irreverent elderly woman named Ethel explaining her recipes for various foods. Usually in front of a prestigious figure (e.g., the Queen), she will quip "I put that s*** on everything", much to the disdain of those around her. The expletive is always censored with a bleep, and Ethel's mouth is covered with a censoring "splat".[7]

See also


  1. "How Hot Is My Bottle Of Hot Sauce? - Hot Sauce Heat Scale". Retrieved July 19, 2016.
  2. Fieldstadt, Elisha. "Hot sauces, ranked from tepid to scorching". Retrieved January 21, 2022.
  3. Suess, Jeff (April 1, 2021). "Who knew? Frank's RedHot Hot Sauce was founded in Cincinnati more than 100 years ago". Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved March 3, 2022.
  4. Horwitz, Jeremy (January 1, 2008). "Chicken Wings, or, Why people Know About Buffalo". Buffalo Archived from the original on December 31, 2009. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  5. "Frank's® RedHot® Buffalo Wings Sauce". Frank's RedHot. Retrieved December 24, 2020.
  6. Holden, Wilen (August 17, 2017). "McCormick closes $4.2B acquisition of French's, Frank's RedHot maker". Baltimore Business Journal. Archived from the original on August 29, 2017. Retrieved April 28, 2020.
  7. Elliott, Stuart (January 29, 2012). "Rival Hot Sauce Makers in a Duel for Attention". The New York Times. Retrieved April 6, 2014.
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