Copyright © 2007 by Anthony Buccino, all rights reservedBruce the Bulldog

Bull-dog Sauce. It's a Worcester Sauce. But is it made with real bull dogs?

My friend Margo likes to quote the cookies question from the Addams Family film, “are they made with real girl scouts?”

A Bulldog, also known as the English Bulldog or British Bulldog, is a medium-size breed of dog that originated in England.

Henry the bulldog lives around the block from us. Bruce (in the photo) is the sweetest dog that lives to have his belly rubbed.

Well, the question about Bull-dog sauce came up with this news item and we were wondering if Worcester sauce and Worcestershire sauce were the same thing.

We checked out Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, and here's what we found:

Worcestershire sauce is generically referred to as Worcester sauce (IPA), when not manufactured by Lea and Perrins.

Worcestershire sauce (IPA [ˈwʊstə(ɹ)ʃ(ɪ)ə(r)] ("wuster-shur" or "wuster-sheer")) is a widely used fermented liquid condiment originally manufactured by Lea & Perrins, in Midland Road, Worcester, England.

The genuine product, manufactured to the original recipe, available in the U.K., comprises malt vinegar (from barley), spirit vinegar, molasses, sugar, salt, anchovies, tamarind extract, onions, garlic, spices, and flavouring.

It is a flavouring used in many dishes, both cooked and uncooked, and particularly with beef. It is an important ingredient in Caesar salad and in a Bloody Mary. Lea & Perrins supplies it in concentrate form to be bottled abroad.

Worcestershire sauce is generically referred to as Worcester sauce (IPA [ˈwʊstə(ɹ)]), when not manufactured by Lea and Perrins. It may contain vinegar, molasses, corn syrup, water, chili peppers, soy sauce, pepper, tamarinds, anchovies, onions, shallots, cloves, asafoetida and garlic.

Though a fermented fish sauce called garum was a staple of Greco-Roman cuisine and of the Mediterranean economy of the Roman Empire, "Worcestershire sauce" is one of the many legacies of British contact with India. While some sources trace comparable fermented anchovy sauces in Europe to the 17th century, this one became popular in the 1830s.

Then, of course, we began wondering about that OTHER sauce ...

Tabasco Sauce

The classic Tabasco red pepper sauce

Tabasco sauce is a brand of hot sauce made from tabasco peppers (Capsicum frutescens var. tabasco), vinegar, and salt, and aged in white oak barrels for three years. It has a hot, spicy flavor and is popular in many parts of the world.

Tabasco is trademarked as the brand name for the variety of tabasco sauce marketed by one of the United States' biggest makers of hot sauce, the McIlhenny Company of Avery Island, Louisiana.[1] Often, the word "tabasco" is rendered in lowercase when referring to the botanical variety, but in uppercase, "Tabasco," when referring to the actual trademarked brand name. While there are many other kinds of "hot pepper sauce" on the market, most of them are similar to Tabasco, and Tabasco is by far the most famous. Although it is produced in the United States, it acquired its name from the state of Tabasco in Mexico.

The tradename Tabasco has become to hot sauce what Kleenex is to tissue and Xerox is to copying.[2]

The McIlhenny Company is now in its fifth generation as a family-run business. All of the 145 shareholders either inherited their stock or were given it from another living family member.[1]

So, it seems, Henry and Bruce can relax.

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