If you put hot sauce on everything, you may want to learn that this condiment, as we know it, got its start in Massachusetts.

Let's get one thing straight: Hot sauce is thousands of years old. Tracing its history online can take you down a pretty deep rabbit hole. With hundreds of variations available these days, just about everyone having at least one hot sauce in their kitchen and Massachusetts native Conan O'Brien losing his mind on a viral episode of Hot Ones, let's look at how hot sauce got its commercial break in the Bay State.

People from Mexico brought the chili pepper to the United States almost 10,000 years ago and somewhere along the way, hot sauce as we enjoy it today was formed.

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The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources states:

According to advertisements in newspapers in 1807, Massachusetts was the first state in America to produce hot sauce, sold as 'Cayenne sauce.' Massachusetts boasts many options, made locally by small family-owned food businesses across the state.

Who knew?

All these years later, America is in a love affair with hot sauce. You'd be hard-pressed to find a restaurant that doesn't carry any. People who swear by the stuff will put it on just about everything: burritos, eggs, chicken, steak, seafood and, hey, maybe even a dessert or two.

My affinity for hot sauce is fairly recent. Over the last few years, I have been looking around the internet for different types. It turns out Massachusetts offers quite a few, made right here.

"There is fruit-based, Caribbean, and Celtic-inspired choices to add exciting flavors to any meal, appetizer, or snack," the Department of Agricultural Resources notes. "Explore an industry flavored by diversity, innovation, and heat."

Our state has many "hot sauce" entrepreneurs with dozens of hot sauce recipes to keep our mouths on fire for years.

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Gallery Credit: Tim Weisberg

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