What Makes Winston Salem Hot?

12 Mar

Everyone loves going to their favorite local restaurant or pub and ordering a large plate of wings.  Now, let’s think about ordering wings that do not have any seasoning at all!  Really, does anyone ever eat their wings without seasoning?  I don’t think so.

Your wings require something special, something that really brings some “heat”. Why not make that heat, something that is made right here in North Carolina, or better yet, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  Yup, you are right, that would be our very own Texas Pete.

Did you ever wonder where the name Texas Pete came from? Sam Garner, the mastermind of Texas Pete, and his three sons sat around trying to come up with a name for their new spicy sauce.  They hired a marketing advisor that suggested they name it “Mexican Joe” to connote the piquant flavor reminiscent of the favorite foods of our neighbors to the south (that would be Mexico).  Sam Garner stated that the name had to be an “American name” since this was an American product. Sam suggested that they concentrate on Texas, which is also known for their very spicy cuisine. Sam looked at his youngest son whose nickname was Pete, and as he stared at his son he stated, “I’ve got the name for our new sauce:  Texas Pete!”

Now, interestingly, there are other items that are under the Texas Pete brand name: hotdog chili, honey mustard, seafood cocktail sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and of course the ever popular hot sauce.

Today, the company is prospering as it celebrates its 80th year.  Third and fourth generations have followed in their family’s footsteps as the company is thriving. The company is still in the original building that was built in 1942, but it has been added onto a number of times.

We are very proud to say that everyone in the country is enjoying Texas Pete.  Little do they know that we North Carolinians are a very spicy lot!

 Angela KalamarasBy Angela Kalamaras (Branch Leader, Winston-Salem Office) – Guest Blogger

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